Golden Eagles Fall to Oklahoma City 1-0 in SAC Tournament Semifinals
OKLAHOMA City, Okla. (November 5, 2012) - Oklahoma City's Meghan McMahon recorded her 25th goal of the season in the 75th minute as John Brown was only able to muster two shots on goal, falling 1-0 to the Stars in the semifinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament today in Oklahoma City.
The Stars, currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, improved its record to 18-1-0 and will advance to its fifth-straight SAC tournament championship game.
OCU heavily outshot the Golden Eagles, posting 13 in the first half in addition to 10 more in the second. JBU was only able to manage three total in the game and two on target.
Senior Cheyenne Padgett and freshman Alex Fahr paced the John Brown offense, recording a shot on goal each.
Freshman keeper Kristen Morency turned in a valiant effort in goal, recording six saves in the contest.
I thought OCU played better today than they did in our last game," said head coach Scott Marksberry. "Unfortunately, we were not as sharp. However, we did a great job of staying organized and limiting their dangerous opportunities. The goal was very unfortunate and came at a point in the game where we felt like we were beginning to gain momentum.
Unable to score throughout the majority of the match, the Stars began to turn up the intensity in the 67th minute, sending six shots toward the JBU cage in nine minutes. The Golden Eagle defense was able to block away two while Morency made two stops before relying on the post for another missed Stars opportunity.
Finally in the 75th minute, Sheridan Horner intercepted a John Brown pass, quickly dumping the ball off to McMahon who made no mistake finding the back of the net. McMahon is tied for fifth in the nation in total goals.
"Overall, I am very proud of the season our team just finished," Marksberry added. "We played organized, possession-oriented soccer and we redefined the culture of our program both on and off the field."
John Brown finishes its season at 9-6-2, making its first tournament semifinal appearance since the 2010 season in which it made a championship game appearance.