Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 16, 2006) - Offense was at a premium and scoring was non-existent in Saturday’s 0-0 overtime draw between the John Brown Golden Eagles and the Science & Arts (Okla.) Drovers. Defense and defenders ruled the field in the Sooner Athletic Conference match.
The Golden Eagles entered the match short two regular starters as senior defender Aaron Shaffer and sophomore forward Theo Browne both sat out with pulled leg muscles. Freshman Nick Robbins started for Browne, but he succumbed to injury himself and left the match early in the first half. Robbins later returned and contributed to John Brown’s effort.
Head coach Bob Gustavson said, “We had several starters out with injury and it was nice to see some of the other players step up in that role. Andrew Hardin and Nick Robbins played big for us today with Theo and Aaron being out.” The Golden Eagles were tired after 90 minutes of regulation but managed to hold on through two overtime periods to preserve the tie. Gustavson clearly saw a positive angle to the draw. “We played extremely hard and had a couple of good chances but couldn't put them away,” he commented. “It was nice to get the shutout.” Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Watson made 3 saves for John Brown (3-2-1, 0-1-1), and Science & Arts goalkeeper Shane Flanagan recorded 6. Saturday’s match was the first this season that Science & Arts (6-0-1, 0-0-1) did not win. John Brown takes a break from Sooner Athletic Conference play when it travels to Missouri Southern State on Wednesday. Game time in Joplin will be 6:00.