Bethany, Oklahoma (November 5, 2011) - by Jessica Flynn
JBU’s women’s soccer team tied 2-2 during regulation in the first round of the SAC tournament against Southern Nazarene University’s Crimson Storm, but lost 4-3 in shootouts after double-overtime.
SNU scored early with a penalty kick goal in the first minute of the game made by Whitney Kloiber. JBU’s defense had a rough first half with SNU’s 19 shots leading to their second goal off a corner kick made by Mia Vabolis at the 29:50 mark. JBU’s offense struggled to get the ball up-field with only one shot.
In the second half, JBU made a comeback with a goal made by freshman forward Casey O’Brien as she headed a cross by senior defender Emily Anderson at the 77:09 mark. O’Brien scored again just 17 seconds later from 20 yards out after finding the back of the net over the top of the keeper. Time ran out before either team could score again, leading to overtime.
During both overtimes, neither team was able to score, which lead to a shootout. JBU started the lineup with a goal by freshman defender Alexa Sharkey. SNU’s Kendra Nixon matched it, followed by another JBU goal by senior Cam Martin. SNU’s Kayla Thompson scored, however O’Brien shot didn’t find the net. With the score tied at 4-4, Kloiber scored again for SNU, Anderson was able to tie the score again. SNU’s Mallary Schaub broke the tie with a goal, and JBU’s freshman Rachel Harris missed her shot, ending the game at 6-5.
SNU outshot JBU 32-8 with the 11-2 on-goal advantage. Junior keeper Faith Thurman had a total of 11 saves throughout the entire game.
The Lady Eagles finish their season with a record of 8-9-1 overall and 6-6 in the SAC.