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Rogers' PK Clinches Win Over Incarnate Word, 1-0

Rogers' PK Clinches Win Over Incarnate Word, 1-0

The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 1 - Incarnate Word 0
Records: ORU (1-1-1), UIW (1-1-0)
Location: Case Soccer Complex - Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts men's soccer team picked up its first win of the 2015 season Friday night at the Case Soccer Complex, defeating Incarnate Word, 1-0. 

Junior Matthew Rogers played hero in the match after connecting on a penalty kick just 1:34 into the match after the Cardinal (1-1) were called for a hand ball inside the box. It was Rogers' first goal of the season. 

The rest of the match was a much different story than what the team experienced to open the year in San Antonio. A possession attack with few real chances for either team. 

ORU's aggressive defense held the Cardinals just four shots on goal the whole night, while ORU struck for just five shots on net as both teams piled up fouls. In total, five cards were issued in the match including a red card on UIW's Dylan Kelly who was ejected from the match with nearly 20 minutes remaining. 

Turning Point
Rogers scored a PK in the second minute of action to give the Golden Eagles the lead. It marked the first goal of the season through three games for ORU. 

Inside the Box Score

  • ORU outshot the Cardinals 13-7 on the night.
  • Rogers and Alex White each attempted a team-high three shots with one on target each. Senior Edgardo Mira sent two balls on target. 
  • For the third consecutive match, Ben LaCourse and Hunter Harrison split time in the net for ORU. LaCourse made two saves in his 30th career start for ORU while Harrison made two saves in the final 45 minutes to close out the match.  

Up Next
ORU will make the trip across town next Thursday, Sept. 10 to face Tulsa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For more information and updates about ORU men's soccer, follow @ORUMSoccer on Twitter, or visit ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store.

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