Soccer teams post pair of shutouts

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Mikey Brannan scored JBU's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Texas Wesleyan on Saturday. The men also won 3-0.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 26, 2009) - The John Brown University women’s and men’s soccer teams both earned shutouts against Texas Wesleyan in front of the home crowd on Saturday afternoon. In women’s action, JBU (3-4) took a 1-0 decision and in men’s play the Golden Eagles blew by the Rams 3-0.

In the ladies game, JBU had four shots-on- goal opportunities in the first half but couldn’t manage to put it away. The game remained scoreless at the break. JBU continued to have good looks but still continued to come up short until senior Mikey Brannan got the game winner with a shot at the six-yard mark in the 86th minute. It was Brannan’s first goal of the year. Camille Malkiewicz picked up the assist.

The Golden Eagles outshot the Rams 20-5 with an 8-3 shots-on-goal advantage.

Faith Thurman and Brittany Henderson split time at keeper. Thurman picked up two saves and Henderson had one.

Katy Houchin had seven saves for TWU (6-3).

The women begin conference play this Tuesday with Southern Nazarene on the road.

“We have a big challenge with SNU on the road,” said head women’s coach Joe Thoma. “We’ve got to change our ways and find a way to get a win on the road. It was nice to get this win, but Tuesday’s going to be tough.”

On the men’s side, JBU (6-3) scored early and often as Juan Iraola picked up goals eight and nine on the year in the 11th and 18th minutes respectively with both goals coming off the feed from Sasha Viatrov. These were Viatrov’s first assists on the year.

Later in the first, Justin Thompson fired a deep cross in the box finding Gabriel Duarte, who booted it in for the 3-0 advantage in the 29th. This is where it stood at half.

TWU (7-2) switched keepers in the second period and stepped up their defensive intensity as they tried to fight their way back in it. But the Golden Eagles continued to fire shots. Although coming up empty on the offensive end, JBU’s defensive managed to limit TWU to only one shot in the second half.

“This was a good win,” said head coach John Miglarese. “This was a team that was ranked twenty-fourth in the country, and they’ve beaten several teams in our conference. We were unfortunate not to score in the second half, but this is the best we’ve played all year.”

For the game, JBU outshot TWU 13-5 with an 8-2 shots-on-goal advantage.

The men also kick off conference play against Southern Nazarene on Tuesday. They get things started at 7 p.m.

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