Morency's Shutout and Kosin's Header Gives JBU 1-0 Win at Harding
SEARCY, Ark. (September 3, 2012) - In its third match of the season, the JBU women's soccer team was finally able to find the win column against NCAA II Harding (Ark.) on the heels of Nicole Kosin who headed in a perfectly placed corner kick from Whitney Brannan to defeat the host Bison 1-0 this afternoon in Searcy.
The Golden Eagles peppered Harding's netminder all afternoon, sending 17 shots her way, nine of which were on target. In contrast, the John Brown defense held strong, limiting Harding to one shot on goal in the 31st minute.
Kristen Morency saved the one shot and, in doing so, recorded not only her first collegiate win, but also her first shutout.
"It was great to get our first win of the season," the freshman keeper admitted. "Even though it was hot, we kept fighting. I love playing behind our defense; they played a major role in the shutout today.
"I was so proud of Nicole (Kosin) for putting that header away."
John Brown came out of the gates quickly, testing the Bison defenders early when Brannan recorded her first of four shots towards the net. The Golden Eagles continued the barrage with three more shots until Kosin found the back of the net in the 28th minute.
Brannan set up the play when the junior midfielder laid out a beautiful corner kick that found Kosin's head attacking the goal. The ball would find the lower left of the net, placing JBU on top 1-0.
"We pushed through the heat today," added Kosin. "Our defense all the way up to our offense pushed through it. Whitney (Brannan) gave me a great ball off the corner kick.
"We've been working on crossing and finishing in practice and today it paid off."
Just three minutes later, Karen Sosa's shot rang off the crossbar, denying the Golden Eagles a two-goal advantage.
The remainder of the half would be quiet as John Brown took the 1-0 advantage into the locker room. However, the Blue and Gold's offensive threat wouldn't back down as the game progressed into the second half.
In the 46th minute, JBU heard iron again as Alex Fahr's shot fell victim to the post yet again, allowing Harding to remain in the contest. After a few shots off target, the cold sound of denial was heard again when the Golden Eagle's leading scorer, Laura Garcia, couldn't find the back of the net as the ball bounced harmlessly off the frame.
Harding wasn't able to mount any sustainable attack for the rest of the contest as JBU locked up its first victory of the 2012 campaign.
John Brown edged Harding on corner kicks (7-2) and out-shot the Bison, 17-5.
"Again, the heat was an issue today," remarked head coach Scott Marksberry. "In addition to that, we had an injury so we played with 15 players. Even though the numbers were tough, the ladies did a great job playing a team game. We stayed compact on defense and we picked our chances on offense.
"Even though we had a few chances to put the game away today, I believe we're improving and a lot of that is a result of our Chicago road trip. We'll continue to improve execution and try to get healthier but when you're able to get a win, any win, it helps build momentum and we'll look to carry that over into the Lyon game. We're both young squads and they've improved so it should be an excellent match."
Fresh off the victory, John Brown (1-2-0) will rest for a day until it hosts in-state rival Lyon College (1-1-1) on Wednesday at Alumni Field. Kick-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.