Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 6, 2003) - The JBU women’s soccer team established a goal for their inaugural season of Sooner Athletic Conference play to make the conference tournament playoff. The goal was accomplished as the team finished the season in 4th in SAC action and entered the tournament as the 4th seed. Although the team lost to USAO in the first round of SAC tournament play, the first year of conference play has to be considered successful.
At one time during the 2003 season, the Golden Eagles women’s soccer team was ranked 19th in NAIA polls. Throughout the season, JBU played 4 top 25 ranked NAIA teams, losing to each but gaining some valuable experience for the young team. The Golden Eagles recorded 8 shutouts and were never held scoreless in 2003.
Leading the way offensively with 14 goals was sophomore Brooke Williams, an Anaheim, California native and freshman Nikki Ganter of Garland, Texas with 11 goals. As a freshman, goalkeeper Amy Menegaz from Missouri City, Texas recorded 92 saves in 18 games to average over 5 saves per game. As a team, the offense scored 60 goals throughout the season to average 3.3 goals per game.
The 11-7 season record is a tremendous start for a newly established team with 9 freshmen, 5 sophomores, 4 juniors and only 2 seniors listed on the roster.
“This is a good beginning point from which to progress,” stated Coach Joe Thoma in looking back over the past season. “We gained some valuable experience and our young ladies now know what it takes to compete at the conference level. We can only look forward to greater things in the years to come. With our veteran players returning and some potential top recruits, next year looks to be even better.”