No. 9 Oklahoma City Hands Golden Eagles 3-0 Loss on Senior Night
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (October 27, 2012) - Three different players scored for Oklahoma City as the No. 9 stars wrapped up the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season championships today at Alumni Field, downing the Golden Eagles, 3-0.
With the loss, John Brown fell to 9-5-1 and 4-3-1 in conference play, falling on the last day of the season three spots from second place all the way down to fifth place.
Oklahoma City, ranked No. 9 in the latest NAIA national polls, wraps up the regular season championship, finishing 16-1-0 overall and 7-1-0 in SAC action.
"Oklahoma City is a very good team," said head coach Scott Marksberry. "They do not make too many mistakes and they will capitalize on any errors you make. We gave away two goals today that we do not normally give up and coming back from a two-goal deficit against OCU is pretty daunting.
"Having said that, I did think that we were able to connect passes and control possession for stretches of the game. Ultimately, though, you can't win games if you don't score goals."
The loss marked JBU's fourth conference game in which it did not score. The Golden Eagles lost three of those games and tied the fourth.
The Stars notched goals in the in 38th, 59th and 62nd minutes en route to the clean sheet against John Brown.
Kristen Morency finished the match with four saves, two in each half, as her record fell to 9-5-1 overall as the freshman keeper has factored in each decision of the season.
Cheyenne Padgett was the only John Brown player to fire a shot on goal as six Golden Eagle shots missed their intended targets.
Senior Faith Thurman saw her first action of the season in the closing moments of the contest, a gesture honoring her three seasons of impressive play by head coach Scott Marksberry.
After the contest, the women's soccer program honored its two seniors, Padgett and Thurman. The two have helped the Golden Eagles to a four-year regular season record of 42-21-3, including one trip to the NAIA National Tournament in 2010.
"It really meant a lot to see Faith on the field today," added Marksberry. "Cheyenne put in another solid performance and these two seniors have been such an important piece of our team this year. I am glad that we will have a chance to send them out of their college careers with a good run in the conference tournament."
Despite the loss, JBU will advance to the SAC conference tournament as the No. 5 seed. The Golden Eagles will travel to Claremore, Okla. on Friday (Nov. 2) for another chance at Rogers State, the No. 4 seed, looking for redemption after the Hillcats handed John Brown a 2-0 defeat on Oct. 19.