TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts women's soccer team is set to host Florida Atlantic University, Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Case Soccer Complex.
ORU (3-6-1, 0-0-0 Summit) vs FAU (7-2-0, 1-0-0 C-USA)
Case Soccer Complex | Tulsa, Okla.
Projected Weather | Partly Cloudy, 82°, 73% Humidity, 15% Precipitation
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Head coach Patrick Baker is in his seventh season leading Florida Atlantic with an overall record of 66-53-14. The Owls return 21 letter winners, including nine starters from a 2018 squad that won the Conference USA regular season title with an 8-1-1 record. FAU is 7-2-0 in 2019 with losses coming at home in the season opener to Florida (3-2, OT) and at No. 18 Kansas (1-0). Senior midfielder Mary O'Hara leads the Owls in points (13), shots on goal (11) and goals (6). Goalkeeper Cassidy Wasdin has been named Conference USA Player of the Week twice this season. Recently, the Owls were ranked No. 14 in the NCAA RPI ratings.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
This will be the second meeting between the Owls and Golden Eagles. In 2018, Oral Roberts traveled to Boca Raton, Fla., dropping the match, 3-0, on Sept. 20.
LAST TIME OUT
Oral Roberts fell just short to the Kansas City Roos, 2-0, on Sunday, Sept. 22. Miscues on the offensive and defensive end proved to be costly for the Golden Eagles as the Roos scored twice within a minute and half beginning in the 51st minute. Jordan Langebartels, Kelli Keller, Pamela Caballeros and Samantha See each recorded two shots apiece.
PLAYING AMONGST THE BEST
Despite a 3-6-1 start, the Golden Eagles have played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in recent years. ORU has faced five opponents ranked in the top-100 in the RPI ratings, including four in the top-75 and two in the top-30. Florida Atlantic is No. 14, the highest RPI ranked team the Golden Eagles have faced in 2019. Most notably, the Golden Eagles have played two United Soccer Coaches top-25 nationally ranked opponents in Oklahoma State No. 18 and Texas Tech No. 25.
Attackers Martha Helsee, Drishana Pillay and Shayla Padilla each have 10 or more points on the season. Pillay leads the trio with five goals and one assist, totaling 11 points. Helsee is not far behind with four goals and two assists for ten points, while Padilla has four assists and three goals for ten points.
MISTER ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD
Head Coach Roger Bush is back for his seventh season leading the Golden Eagles, after six seasons Bush has a 58-57-10 record at ORU. Student-athletes under Bush have earned 26 all-conference honors, 13 player of the week awards and two have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Bush was named the 2016 Summit League Women's Coach of the Year.
SUMMIT LEAGUE OUTLOOK
A year after finishing 3-5-0 in league play, the Golden Eagles were picked to finish seventh in the 2019 Summit League Preseason Coaches' Poll. Senior midfielder Jordan Langenbartels was one of 13 athletes named to the The Summit League Players to Watch List, Langenbartels led the Golden Eagles with career-highs in goals (7) and points (18) despite only appearing in 15 of 20 matches.
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