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Sat, Oct. 7, 2017 - [Women's Soccer]

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. – The Mid-America Christian University women's soccer team faced their toughest challenge to date on Saturday afternoon, heading to John Brown University for a tilt with the Golden Eagles on their homecoming weekend. The Lady Evangels knew that they needed to get solid play from the defense in addition to an opportunistic offensive effort in order to keep themselves in the match, and they were able to do that, but they did not get the result they wanted.

MACU (7-2, 2-1 SAC) was outshot 19-5 in the match, but outstanding play from Jennifer Starwalt in goal and a late goal from Alissa Tapp left them trailing John Brown (10-2, 4-0 SAC) by only one, but JBU held on for the 2-1 win.

MACU had two early chances from Brittney Stephens and Allyson Pamplin, but JBU goalkeeper Maggie Allen was equal to the task on both occasions, and JBU took control of the play. The Golden Eagles began pushing the Lady Evangels' defense back into the final third of the field, and in the 29th minute, JBU broke through. MACU tried to trap Katherine Harr offside, but the timing was off from the MACU back line, and Harr slid a shot beneath Starwalt into the goal on the right side to give the Golden Eagles the 1-0 lead which they took into the break.

Harr scored again on a rebound in the 48th minute, doubling JBU's lead, but MACU did not quit. The Lady Evangels began turning the tide, and in the 83rd minute, Alissa Tapp corralled a loose ball after Allen bobbled it. Tapp slotted it home to break the shutout and pull the Lady Evangels within one at 2-1. She had another chance just under two minutes later, but her shot was blocked and JBU was able to run out the clock to take the win, 2-1.

Starwalt (5-1) made eight saves in the match, but was hit with the tough luck loss, while Allen (4-0) made two saves in the win.

MACU will return home to take on the Bacone College Warriors (2-9, 0-3 SAC) on Tuesday afternoon. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.