Prescod Notches Goal, Assist; JBU Downs Harding 2-1
SEARCY, Ark. (September 3, 2012) - Pablo Garcia made five saves while Zari Prescod and Daniel Forry each netted first half goals, powering JBU to a 2-1 road victory over NCAA II Harding (Ark.) tonight in Searcy.
"We really didn't play all that great," admitted head coach John Miglarese. "The conditions were difficult, so I applaud our team for battling through that, but I was disappointed to give up a goal late in the game.
"That being said, I'm very happy to be 3-0."
The Golden Eagles started the game off with a flurry of shots in the 13th minute but were unable to capitalize as the Bison defense fended off each attempt. Moments later, Garcia came up with a big save to keep the contest scoreless.
Although not a starter, Prescod checked into the game in the 8th minute for Luke Theimer and, 12 minutes later, scored the first goal of the game, giving the Blue and Gold an early 1-0 lead.
In an incredible one-man effort, Prescod dribbled through the Harding defense, launching a left-footed shot to the upper right corner of net. The play was unassisted.
"I saw the space and got off a good shot which resulted in a goal," described Prescod of his early marker. "I have to give credit to all my teammates."
John Brown continued to bring the heat as Andre Sandiford-Williams, Eli Simonsen and Martin Gonzalez each recorded shots on goal, but to no avail.
However, in the 29th minute, Prescod made his presence felt again as the freshman forward sent a through ball up the middle that found the foot of the streaking Daniel Forry. Forry made no mistake, depositing a shot into the upper-left corner, catapulting JBU to a commanding 2-0 lead.
Despite its two-goal disadvantage, Harding would press back a minute later. The Bison offense set up a beautiful play resulting in a header past the outstretched Garcia.
Bending towards the left post, David Castagne cleared the ball away before it could cross the line, preserving the Golden Eagle lead.
Despite carrying the 2-0 lead into the half and out-shooting Harding, 8-3, John Brown had to buckle down on defense as the Bison barraged Garcia and the Blue and Gold net in the second half.
Just moments into the second frame, the Golden Eagle defense came to Garcia's help again. This time, in the form of a Dakota Dresbach sliding clear, John Brown was able to avoid Harding posting a goal on the board.
The home team would continue its assault on the JBU defense as the shots and corner kicks piled up. Finally, in the 72nd minute, Harding found the scoresheet when a cross into the middle of the field made its way past Garcia.
After conceding the goal, the defense picked up its play and only allowed one shot on Garcia for the rest of the match, resulting in the one-goal road victory.
"While tonight wasn't our best performance, the guys worked hard for 90 minutes," Garcia noted. "David (Castagne) and Dakota (Dresbach) each saved goals tonight and that was huge. We got a couple really nice goals in the first half and then managed to limit them to one goal against. There was a lot of pressure the last 10 minutes, but we held them off.
"I believe the team is ready for big things this season. We may have our bad days, but we will continue to work hard every minute for the glory of God."
Simonsen led John Brown with three shots toward the Bison net. Also, it was a physical game between the two squads. There were a total of five cautions given, two of which were issued to John Brown.
JBU now takes its perfect 3-0-0 record into this weekend's 2012 Quality Inn Fall Classic where the Golden Eagles will play host to Northwestern (Iowa) and Union (Tenn.) in Siloam Springs. The games are set for this Friday and Saturday and will kick-off at 4:00 p.m. each afternoon.