Score: Oral Roberts 5 – Grambling State 0
Record: ORU 2-4-0 – GSU 3-3-0
TULSA, Okla. – McKenzie Edwards recorded a five point performance as the Golden Eagles defeated Grambling State Lady Lions, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Case Soccer Complex.
Redshirt junior McKenzie Edwards heard her name called in the starting 11 for the first time in the 2019 season and she did not disappoint recording two goals and one assist in 51 minutes of play.
ORU saw its first scoring opportunity in the 11th minutes as Shayla Padilla scorched the Lady Lions defense down the side of the field before crossing it to the six-yard box as Martha Helsee found a wide open Edwards to give the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
Shortly after the early goal, Grambling State saw its first scoring opportunity when an ORU defense mishaps led to a wide open Lady Lion speeding towards a free ball as Allison Austin came nearly 25-yards out of her box to clear the ball.
The Golden Eagles headed into the half with a slight 1-0 lead on 12 shots, while forcing the Lady Lions keeper to five saves.
The opening of the second half was a near replay of the first half as Edwards found herself slipping the ball past the Lady Lions keeper for her second goal of the match in the 57th minute. Edwards was not finished contributing, the North Bend, Ore., native, played a beautiful ball from the outside to fellow teammate Helsee as she easily netted her third goal of the season giving the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead.
- Martha Helsee, Paige Venrick, Emma Foster and McKenzie Edwards each recorded their first start of the season.
- All five goals by the Golden Eagles came off of assists.
- McKenzie Edwards' five-point performance was the second time a Golden Eagle recorded five or more points in a match in the 2019 season, Drishana Pillay recorded a seven-point performance with three goals and one assist on Aug. 25 against Arkansas - Pine Bluff.
- The Golden Eagles snapped a three game losing streak and moved to 2-4 on the season.
- It was the sixth different starting 11 the Golden Eagles have featured in 2019.
Forward Mackenzie Edwards on…
"It was super exciting to be back on the field again and I was happy to be able to help my team. I hope we can use this as a launching point and keep going from here, I'm super excited for everything and everyone's hard work and I feel like it really showed today.
Head Coach Roger Bush on…
"Huge credit to Grambling State, I thought they played great and they are a great team that is very athletic. They fought really hard and it disrupted our play at the beginning of the game and it took us a long time to actually settle into the game."
"The first thing I think of about her is how great of an attitude she has. She hasn't played the last two matches and she has been used kind of selectively but her attitude is always pristine and she is willing to serve and participate in the role that she has inside the team. We used her today because she is very athletic and fast and we knew we were playing that type of team, we knew they had a three back system that we knew Mackenzie had the weapons in her arsenal to attack that kind of system."
…the different starting lineups early in the season:
"First of all we trust everyone, whoever is called on is going to be ready so it's a group that is ready and they believe in each other. We've got a lot of great options and one of the goals for us as a coaching staff is to use the non-conference schedule to find the best combinations and to provide as much opportunity as we can to the different possibilities that are inside the team.
The Oral Roberts women's soccer team will travel to Texas to compete at the University of Texas – San Antonio on Sept. 13, followed by a matchup at Lamar University on Sept. 15.
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