The Three Lady Panthers sign with JBU Soccer
John Brown women’s soccer coach Kathleen Paulsen announced six signings to the JBU women’s soccer team on Wednesday, February 2.
Three of the signings are from Siloam Springs High School, as midfielder Karen Flores, defenseman Bethany Markovich and goaltender Regan Riley signed with the Golden Eagles.
Goaltender Emily Dobbins of Broken Arrow, Okla., forward Lillian Johnson of Asheville, NC, and forward Aubrey Winter of Wichita, Kan., also signed.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the class of 2026 to the JBU women’s football family,” said Paulsen. “I believe this is a class that fits well with the current identity (of) our program and who we want to continue to be. They are defined by high character, great courage, football IQ and a desire to ‘honor God with the way they approach the game.’
Riley signed with the Golden Eagles in December. She announced that she will be graduating early and forgoing her senior soccer season this spring to participate in Youth With A Mission. She was an All-Conference selection at Siloam Springs as a junior and was voted the team’s most valuable player.
“I looked at many colleges and couldn’t find a better one than JBU,” Riley said. “Not only is the football program beautifully built on the word of God and talented women, but the university itself is an incredible community that is rare to find anywhere else. God has closed the doors of other universities but has left this one wide open. I’m so excited to have a new family with the women’s soccer program playing high quality soccer.”
Said Paulsen of Riley: “Regan is a great athletic goalkeeper with a high ceiling in terms of where she can go in her career. She has the ability to make quick reaction saves, can cover a wide area of the goal with her frame, and can handle high balls.She has all the tools to make a quality goalkeeper during her JBU career.
Flores (5-4) is an offensive midfielder who scored eight goals and was a Class 5A All-State selection in 2021.
“When I came to visit JBU, it was an experience like no other,” Flores said. “The people here are amazing and the community puts the Lord above everything else. I could feel it everywhere I went – and that’s why I wanted to be a golden eagle.”
Said Paulsen of Flores: “Karen can be slippery with the ball at her feet, but also has the ability to distribute, see passing lanes and set her teammates up for success in the final third. Thanks to her work rate and to her high football IQ, she often finds herself in the right place at the right time to play on both sides of the ball.”
Markovich (5-8) is entering his fourth year as a starter for the Lady Panthers after earning All-State honors as a junior.
“I wanted a small Christian college with a great football program,” Markovich said. “JBU provided both.”
Said Paulsen of Markovich: “Bethany is a tough-nosed, spunky defender who takes it personally when she gets beaten. She’ll never shy away from a big tackle and anticipates where she needs to be as the game progresses. takes place. With these attributes, she is calm with the ball and can make good decisions once she has the ball at her feet.”
Dobbins joins the Golden Eagles after two seasons at Seminole State (Okla.). In college, the 5-foot-5 guard went 3-1-0, appearing in 15 games. In high school, Dobbins spent four years playing for the Northeastern Oklahoma Association of Homeschoolers (NOAH), where she led her team to a national Christian Home School Championship title in 2019.
Johnson will finish his high school career at Asheville Christian Academy this spring. She was selected twice for all conferences, under head coach Brenton Benware, who is the former JBU men’s coach. She helped the Lions win two conference titles, including one as a junior where she had 20 goals and 17 assists (57 points).
Winter will join the Golden Eagles after his senior season this spring at Trinity Academy. She scored 40 goals in just two seasons with the Knights.