Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 14, 2008) - The John Brown University men's soccer team fought hard against the NAIA’s fourth ranked Oklahoma City Stars on Tuesday afternoon, but in the end, the Golden Eagles fell short dropping a 4-2 decision.
OCU (12-1, 4-0) put the first score on the board after a JBU own goal in the 4th minute. Then just before half JBU sophomore Caleb Theimer knotted things up after putting away a header off the corner from freshman Joel Thomas. This is where is stood at half.
Early in the second half, JBU (6-4-1, 2-2-1) took the 2-1 lead when Juan Iraola blasted a shot from 20 yards out at the 48:28 mark. Sophomore Adrian Jasso picked up the assist.
Less than fifteen seconds later, OCU’s Stuart Hilton evened things up after his deep shot ricocheted off the post into the goal for the 2-2 tie.
JBU continued to fight but had several missed opportunities as OCU extended their lead after scoring goals three and four in the 71st and 87th minutes.
“We had a couple of point blank shots but couldn’t finish,” said assistant coach Aaron Tucker. “We didn’t capitalize on their mistakes but then did on ours.”
Up next, JBU prepares for another top ranked opponent when they face the team tied for No. 2 in the nation, Southern Nazarene, at home on Saturday at 3 p.m.