Clarksville, Ark.-Ozarks played through heat and injuries, but were not able to match John Brown University's offense in a tough 2-1 loss Saturday in Clarksville.
It was a hot day at the pitch and the spring game kicked off to a rough start for the Eagles due to the injury of freshman Josh Duncan in the early minutes. However, the Eagles turned in a great effort in the first half despite the heat and rough level of play.
JBU freshman midfielder Luke Theimer found a way around the Ozarks’ defense for the first made goal of the day. JBU almost scored again when Ozarks’ goalie Hugo Cardenas was pulled from the goal, but defender Logan Hornback hustled in and stole the ball forcing it away right before JBU’s offense could tap it in. The men went back and forth the rest of the first half, with both defenses working hard to not allow another goal.
Early in the second half, JBU freshman midfielder Bobby Behrens scored with the help of an excellent run by teammate Joel Thomas. Possessions went back and forth until Ozarks’ Eloy Selgado skillfully shook his JBU defender and blasted it into the left side netting Ozarks first goal of the game. The goal brought the score to 2-1 and revitalized the Eagles’ level of play.
The Eagles will meet up again at Hurie Athletic field next weekend for some friendly competition from the Alumni.
By Sarah Otteman, Sports Information Student Assistant