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Golden Eagles Win Season Opener, 1-0, Friday at Drake

Golden Eagles Win Season Opener, 1-0, Friday at Drake


The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 1 – Drake 0
Record: ORU (1-0) – Drake (0-1)
Location: Cownie Soccer Complex (Des Moines, Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In the 2018 season opener, Tarik Nicholls lifted the ORU men's soccer team past the Drake Bulldogs in overtime, 1-0, in Des Moines, Iowa. It was Nicholls first goal of the season.

Tarik Nicholls recorded his third career goal and first of the 2018 season in the 92nd minute to give the Golden Eagles the win in overtime. Nicholls scored the header goal from the near side after receiving a free-kick from 35 yards out by Christos Smirlis. Smirlis was credited with his first assist of the season.

Inside the Box Score
- Drake out-shot ORU 10-7 in the match. The Golden Eagles had three shots on goal, while the Braves had five.

- Miles Motakef made his first career start and recorded five saves. Motakef moves to 1-0 on the season at keeper.

- Junior Chavez recorded two shots on goal in the match. Christos Smirlis was credited with his first career assist for the Golden Eagles.

- ORU was assessed four yellow cards in the match. Drake was given one.

- Five Golden Eagles played all 100 minutes in tonight's match: Francesco Cianci, Patricio Garcia, Miles Motakef, Tarik Nicholls and Max Roetcisoender.

Up Next
The Golden Eagles will continue their weekend road trip with a matchup against the Bradley Braves Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m. in Peoria, Illinois.

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