Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 1, 2008) - By Ben Wolcott, JBU Sports Information
In a battle of ranked opponents, No. 20 John Brown picked up their first win of the new season defeating No. 18 Bethel (Tenn.) College 4-1 on a hot muggy Labor Day.
In the first half, it was all JBU. Junior forward Jodi Knack got things rolling after freshman defender Cam Martin sliced through the defense and found Knack wide open. Knack went ahead to beat to the keeper to make it 1-0 JBU in the fifth minute.
Seven minutes later, JBU was on the attack once again as sophomore midfielder Camille Malkiewicz drilled a shot off the crossbar that caromed to sophomore midfielder Alex McMichael who stuck it in for the two-point cushion. After getting shutout in the first game of the season, head coach Joe Thoma knew JBU knew had to score early to get over the hump and build some confidence. “We had to have a sense of urgency,” said Thoma. “Once we scored one, we had a sense of relief.”
The Golden Eagles added to their total in the 57th minute after Knack earned her second goal of the game off the assist from Malkiewicz giving JBU the 3-0 lead.
Ten seconds later, JBU shut the door on Bethel’s hope of a comeback after Knack stole the ball and notched her first assist for the year finding sophomore forward Sarah Kidd who redirected her cross into the near post for the 4-0 lead. However, in the 89th minute, Bethel halted the chance of a JBU shutout when senior midfielder Philisha Lewis drilled a shot from the top of the box by JBU goalkeeper Megan Rouse. For the game, JBU totaled 13 shots on goal to only one shot on goal for Bethel. The ladies will be back in action on Friday when JBU heads to NCAA Division I opponent Oral Roberts.