O'Brien and Sosa Net Goals in 2-0 Shutout of Lyon
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (September 5, 2012) - Midfielder Casey O'Brien and forward Karen Sosa each netted second half goals while the JBU defense stood strong as the Golden Eagles picked up its second-straight shutout victory, this time downing in-state foe Lyon (Ark.), 2-0, at Alumni Field this afternoon.
"We had a really solid performance today," head coach Scott Marksberry noted. "The game had some lulls, especially late in the first half and early on in the second half, but we really felt in control for most of the match."
John Brown held possession of the ball for the majority of the game, but was unable to find the back of the net until the 61st minute when O'Brien launched a top-shelf bomb from outside the 18-yard line.
O'Brien was all over the field today, commanding ball control while making chips and through passes to her strikers. Finally after two-thirds of the contest had elapsed, the sophomore made the Scot defense pay.
Just ten minutes later, the Golden Eagles doubled its lead when Sosa deked out a Lyon defender and unleashed a shot just inside the box. The strike was too much for Stephanie Spiteri to handle as it wove towards the post and in.
"I'm really proud of my goal and I'm glad that I was able to contribute to our team's victory today," Sosa, a third-year player that transferred from Iowa Lakes C.C. (NJCAA), said. "I feel like we are finally getting into our rhythm and starting to posses the ball more.
"The more we possess the ball, the better we control the game."
The defense held tight all afternoon as the JBU backs squashed any chances the Scots may have developed with through balls and long runs by running interference at the line while goalkeeper Kristen Morency's quickness allowed her gobble up passes at the top of the box.
"Our back four were really solid again today," added Marksberry. "Laura (Bradshaw) and Chloe (Fennell) have really settled into their roles as center backs. Casey's goal was a class finish; we expect a lot more goals like that from her."
Morency picked up her second win and shutout of the young season, posting five saves on the afternoon.
Whitney Brannan, after her impressive corner kick assist in the 1-0 win over Harding (Ark.) on Monday night, led John Brown with four shots on goal, but was unable to convert. Brannan made her presence known in the first half at the 37-minute mark when she uncorked three straight shots.
Unfortunately, Spiteri was up to the challenge. She totaled nine saves in the losing effort for Lyon (1-2-1).
Marksberry, at the helm of a very young squad, could not help but be pleased with his team's improvements over last season.
"It was great to get a win against a school who beat us so bad last year. Lyon has a similar roster size to us, and a lot of young players. Today feels like the first time this year where we weren't fretting over the size of our roster."
John Brown (2-2-0) will now set its sights on NCAA III in-state opponent University of the Ozarks (Ark.) when the two will meet at Alumni Field on Saturday (Sept. 8) at 2:00 p.m.