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Women's Soccer Shuts Out South Dakota, 1-0

Women's Soccer Shuts Out South Dakota, 1-0

The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 1 - South Dakota 0
Records: ORU (5-4-2, 1-0 SL) - USD (3-9-0, 0-1 SL)
Location: USD Soccer Complex - Vermillion, S.D.  

VERMILLION, S.D. - The Oral Roberts women's soccer team picked up its first Summit League victory of the season Friday afternoon as the team shutout South Dakota 1-0 at the USD Soccer Complex.

A defensive battle throughout the match, both ORU and South Dakota went scoreless in the first half of play. The Golden Eagles nearly had a goal nine minutes into action, but that play was called off due to one of the team's offsides of the day. 

Ashley Martin would play hero for the Golden Eagles though early in the second half. The Tulsa, Okla. native nailed a penalty kick past USD's Samantha Hardin and it would be enough for the Oral Roberts to hang on for the win. 

The win marks the third shutout of the season for the team and the first since the Aug. 30 when the team held SIUE scoreless in Tulsa. 

Maddie Rhodes and Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl combined for the clean sheet in goal for ORU. Rhodes started the match and made one save in 45 minutes of action while Bohnenstiehl made three saves in the final period. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Martin's goal was the third of the season and her second via the penalty kick. 
  • Maria Stordahl led the squad with two shot attempts on the day. 
  • ORU outshot South Dakota 9-5 in the win. 
  • The win marks the first win in Vermillion, S.D. for the team and the second win in the Dakotas in program history. The first win in the Dakotas came against NDSU in 2008. 
  • Only one yellow card was issued as Kayla Keller was carded in the 48th minute.
  • ORU took six corner kicks compared to the Coyotes three. 
  • A total of 23 ORU players saw action in the match with 12 seeing 45 minutes or more time on the field. 

Up Next
The Golden Eagles will continue their weekend on the road Sunday when they take on North Dakota State at 1 p.m. in Fargo, N.D. 

For more information and updates about ORU women's soccer, follow @ORUWSoccer 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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