Simonsen Nets Two; Golden Eagles Tie Union (Tenn.)
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (September 8, 2012) - After yesterday's rain out, John Brown returned to the pitch this afternoon and battled NCAA II-bound Union (Tenn.) to a 2-2 overtime tie.
Last night the Golden Eagles were slated to take on Northwestern (Iowa) but heavy storms and lightning forced officials to cancel the game entirely. John Brown was down 2-0, only in the 28th minute.
Surrounded by beautiful weather at Alumni Field, JBU rode a pair of Eli Simonsen penalty kick goals to a two-all draw.
"All I do is try to remain confident and calm," Simonsen said of his two penalty kicks. "Thankfully, they worked out."
However, Union battled back quickly, scoring just 34 seconds later to pull within a goal.
The Bulldogs shut the door on the Golden Eagle attack in the second half and UU's Guilherme Reis netted a penalty kick goal of his own to tie the score at two in the 60th minute.
JBU's best opportunity in the second half to take the lead came in the 81st minute when a great individual effort found Andre Sandiford-Williams besting a defender by streaking down the right side. His low shot to the far post was barely handled by Union goalkeeper Matt Kesler.
"Union was a very difficult opponent," added Simonsen. "They had good players that were strong and athletic. They were a real handful on restarts and gave us tough, but fair battles on 50-50 balls.
"That being said, I think we showed today that we can perform against anyone."
Both teams traded opportunities in overtime play, but neither found the back of the net, forcing the squads to a draw.
"I'm pretty disappointed that we took a tie away from this contest," admitted head coach John Miglarese. "It's more upsetting because we were up 2-0. However, the boys battled today against a very good Union side."
Unfortunately for John Brown, another starter was lost as Zari Prescod suffered a separated shoulder in the 72nd minute, forcing JBU to continue the rest of the match without a potent offensive weapon.
Currently, there is no timetable to Prescod's return.
Pablo Garcia made six saves in net for the Golden Eagles to remain unbeaten through four games this season.
John Brown (3-0-1) will now take a week to recover until it hosts No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.) at Alumni Field on Saturday (Sept. 15) at 2:00 p.m.
Afterwards, the Golden Eagles will travel to Olathe, Kan. to face the No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers on Sept. 18.