Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 10, 2006) - A penalty kick again proved to be the John Brown Golden Eagles’ undoing, as they lost 2-0 to 14th-ranked Oklahoma City Tuesday in Siloam Springs. Ryan Trudgian’s successful penalty kick just before halftime set the final margin, and the Golden Eagles were unable to close the gap.
Oklahoma City (7-2-2, 4-2-1) opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Michael Wenyon headed a cross by Luke Garvey into the net. Then just into the 45th minute, John Brown senior midfielder Justin Cowell committed a foul in the penalty box, allowing Trudgian to score his second penalty kick against the Golden Eagles this season. The first was in a 1-0 win by the Stars on Sept. 13.
The second-half was a well-contested defensive struggle, but John Brown (3-7-2, 0-6-1 SAC) did not take advantage of its chances to pare down the deficit. The team’s offensive attacks were well-matched, with the Stars attempting 10 shots-on-goal, and the Golden Eagles attempting 8. The Stars also led in the corner-kick department with 6 against the Golden Eagles’ 5. Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Watson made 7 saves for the Golden Eagles, while Josh Haines made 8 for the Stars.
Head coach Bob Gustavson commented, “Our defense played well, but we can’t score goals or make any sort of sustained attack. It’s disappointing to lose this many games.”
The Golden Eagles play next on Friday at 3:00 in Chickasha, Okla., against Science & Arts.