SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. – Top-seeded John Brown (Ark.) scored early and then put it away late, eliminating fourth-seeded St. Gregory's from the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament in a semifinal match-up Monday night at Alumni Field. The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 16 nationally, posted a 2-0 decision over the Cavaliers to advance to Thursday's title game.
SGU concludes one of its most successful seasons in recent history at 10-8 – its most wins in 15 years. The Cavs, who advanced to the semis with a win over Oklahoma City last Friday, were playing in the postseason for the first time in more than 10 years.
JBU, which came into the contest No. 6 in the NAIA in goals per game (4), put together just enough offense to get it done against a stingy SGU defense.
SAC Offensive Player of the Year Jastin Redman accounted for both scores. She converted an Anna Brown pass just five minutes into the game to put the home team on the board. That score held for the next 80 minutes of game time until Redman struck again – this time after cutting through the back line and striking one inside the left post.
The Golden Eagles (17-1-1) had a decided 19-1 advantage in total shots, including 12-0 in the second half. Abi Housecroft provided the visitors' lone attempt – an on-target shot that was snared in the first half.
Jena Flewelling and the Cavalier back line did all they could to keep JBU from quality scoring opportunities. Flewelling, the reigning SAC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded six saves. The Golden Eagles put eight of their 19 shots on goal.
The loss ends the collegiate careers of nine SGU seniors – Jena Flewelling, Beth McHale, Peta McKenna, Araceli Flores, Ruby Arani, Abi Housecroft, Kelsea Bandy, Maria Mercado Contreras, and Angelica Daggs.