Nealon's Overtime Winner Sets New Program Record
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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- It took more than 90 minutes of play, but sophomore Sienna Nealon recorded her second game-winner in as many games and the No. 17 John Brown University women's soccer team came from behind to upset No. 2 William Carey (Miss.) by a 2-1 score in overtime on Saturday (Aug. 8) evening at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Nealon netted her third of the season in the 92nd minute of play on a penalty kick after being taken down in the box as a cross was incoming from the right flank. Nealon was taken down by a Crusader defender in the box, prompting the kick.
The goal sent the Golden Eagles (5-1-0) to a perfect weekend, knocking off No. 12 Mobile (Ala.) with 12 seconds left on Thursday, followed by another dramatic performance tonight, which marked the program's largest upset in team history.
This is the second time John Brown has set this mark, as the previous highest-ranked opponent the program had defeated was No. 10 Columbia (Mo.), earlier this season.
While out-shot 19-10, JBU held a 9-6 advantage in corner kicks, creating a good amount of offensive pressure around the William Carey goal.
The pressure finally resulted in a goal when senior Aspen Carpenter's rip in the slot bounced off the left post and in, beating WCU keeper Abby Baravik, knotting up the match in the 76th minute. Senior
Sophomore Caitlyn Logan backstopped the JBU defense in the most impressive match of her career, as she set a career-high with seven saves in the contest.
None was more impressive than her kick
William Carey took a 1-0 just before halftime. Santos, who attempted 11 shots in the contest, took advantage of a John Brown miscue and ripped a shot to the bottom left corner past Logan in the 43rd minute of play.
The Golden Eagles had an opportunity to avoid overtime, as Redman was denied on a breakaway in the 53rd minute of play and just before time expired in the 89th minute, Nealon was called offside by mere inches with a looming breakaway waiting in the wings.
Now 3-1-0 this season against NAIA top-25 competition, the Golden Eagles return to Siloam Springs for a match against St. Thomas (Texas) at Alumni Field on Thursday (Sept. 13) at 7 p.m.
For the post-game interview with Coach Paulsen CLICK HERE