SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (September 15, 2012) - A combination of Joe Sbarro’s goal in the 35th minute of play and a stingy Raven defense led to the Golden Eagles suffering its first defeat of the 2012 campaign, 1-0, at Alumni Field this afternoon.
“There’s no doubt we played with a lot of heart and passion today, we just weren’t able to capitalize on our chances,” admitted head coach John Miglarese. “If we had buried that early opportunity, it would have been an entirely different match.”
The chance Miglarese was referring to occurred in the 13th minute when a Golden Eagle rush nearly resulted in the home squad capturing the early advantage.
Ryan Duncan unleashed a shot from eight yards out that the sprawling Raven keeper managed to deflect away. On the ensuing rebound, Daniel Forry’s put back attempt into the empty net was narrowly blocked by the Benedictine defense.
“Benedictine is traditionally a strong side, and today was no different,” Miglarese added. “We were giving them a little too much room on defense in the first half and the result of that was their only goal.”
The visitors took the 1-0 lead when Ken Clarizio’s cross into the John Brown box found a streaking Joe Sbarro’s lunging head. The shot beat Garcia and knicked in off the near post.
Both teams battled for strong field position as the majority of the contest was played in a back-and-forth style of pace. The Golden Eagles handed in a valiant effort despite suffering the loss of Luke Theimer two weeks ago in addition to Zari Prescod still nursing his ailing separated shoulder.
Miglarese expressed his team’s desire to put this loss behind them.
“Thankfully we won’t have to stew with this loss for very long and we can get back at it. MidAmerica Nazarene is another formidable team and we’ll have to bring our best game to Kansas if we hope to come away with a victory.”
J.P. Garcia had a tremendous game in goal for John Brown. The goalkeeper turned away eight shots in the match.
“We had a really good game against a really good team. We kept up our fight the whole time; I’m so proud of the boys’ effort and energy.
“I’m happy our next game is on Tuesday. We want to be improving every single match.”
The Ravens outshot the host squad 9-3. Duncan led JBU with two shots on goal.
John Brown will look to put this loss in the rear view mirror and focus on Tuesday’s (Sept. 18) match at No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene University. The game is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. in Olathe, Kan.