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Johnson Blasts Game-Winner In 98th Minute

September 15, 2008
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark. - Junior forward Philip Johnson nailed the game-winning goal in the 98th minute and the #24 Eagles shutout their third opponent of the season in a 1-0 overtime victory against Tabor College on Monday evening.

Dylan Evans sent a pass to a sprinting Johnson who then blasted it past the Tabor keeper for his first game-winner of the season. Johnson totaled six shots in the match, four of which were on goal, but none bigger on the season than his overtime shot. With Johnson’s game-winner, the Eagles remain unbeaten with a 5-0-1 record. Tabor falls to 1-3-0.

Ozarks dominated from the outset, claiming a 14-4 shots advantage in the match. Ozarks had a number of opportunities late in the second half to score, but couldn’t find the net. In the 76th minute, Matt Engelman lofted a shot from 25 yards out, but the Tabor goalkeeper just got a hand on it to knock it over the crossbar. Clay Johnson’s header sailed narrowly over the goal in the 81st minute, and in the 83rd minute Evans sent a strike that hit off the crossbar.

Ozarks will open American Southwest Conference play this weekend when they host UT-Dallas Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Game Notes:
-It was the first-ever meeting between Ozarks and Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kansas).
-Philip Johnson now has three game-winning goals in his career.
-It was the third shutout in six tries this season for the Eagles’ defense.
-Ozarks owns a six game unbeaten streak to start the season, second best all-time in program history. The 2001 team started the year 15-0-1.
-Brian Sarber has 20 career shutouts following the Tabor win.