Score: Oral Roberts 1 – Denver 1
Record: ORU (3-6-2, 0-0-1) – Denver (4-4-3, 0-0-1)
TULSA, Okla. – Battling through cold, wet and windy conditions, the Oral Roberts women's soccer team tied the Denver Pioneers, 1-1, in a two overtime match, Sunday afternoon at the Case Soccer Complex.
Denver made its presence known early as the Pioneers controlled the majority of the match. In just the first six minutes of action, Denver had recorded five shots from five different Pioneers.
The Golden Eagles found its first scoring opportunity in the 29th minute when Mia Kitterman received the ball around midfield as she laid it off to an on-the-go Drishana Pillay who torched the Pioneer defense and fired a shot from 18-yards out that missed right of the frame.
Minutes after, Oral Roberts would threaten again as Kitterman stole the ball around 20-yards out, followed by a beautiful cross to a diving Jordan Langebartels who headed it into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.
The Golden Eagles went into the half with a 1-0.
Shortly after the second half began, Denver defender Mary DeWalt sent a cross into the six-yard box that found fellow Pioneer Camryn MacMillian as she headed it in for the equalizer.
Denver continued to attack the Golden Eagles defense as the Pioneers fired in shots before being denied by true freshman keeper Allison Austin. Austin recorded three of her four saves within a 12-minute span beginning in the 60th minute.
Nearing the end of regulation, ORU found one last scoring opportunity as Amogelang Motau played a through ball to Langebartels who blasted a shot from inside the box, before being deflected by the Denver defense as both teams ended regulation tied at 1 to head into overtime.
A solid defensive showing from starting defenders Brooklyn Eardley, Gabrielle Abbey, Shannon Smith and Mackenzi Kirschner, along with substitute Nicole Gornell, held the Pioneers to a standstill in double overtime.
- It's the first draw in league play during the regular season since Oct. 23, 2011, when ORU tied Purdue Fort Wayne 1-1.
- Goalkeeper Allison Austin, along with Brooklyn Eardley, Anna Gornell and Gabrielle Abbey each played the full 110 mintues.
- Jordan Langebartels recorded her third goal of the season and first since Aug. 24.
- Mia Kitterman tallied her ninth point on the year, while recording her third assist.
- Roger Bush used six substitutes, including Drishana Pillay with 81 minutes off the bench.
- The Golden Eagles are now 3-1-1 in the blue kits.
Senior midfielder Anna Gornell on…
"We prepared for this game, when you're prepared you aren't nervous and you aren't afraid, you just know that you are confident in your abilities. Since the beginning of the season our main focus has been each other, we play for each other and we fight for each other. I believe every single second of the game we fought so hard and I don't think there was a moment that we didn't, we kept fighting and I believe people underestimate us as team but we are a team that is here to fight and to win for the glory of God."
…the team at half-time:
"Every time we go into the locker room the coaches are in their own room discussing and we are in the locker room and all of us are listening to each other. We focused on what we did well which was an excellent job of defending, working hard and getting back on recovery runs. We didn't want to be negative, we were focused on being positive and we knew we were going to continue working hard and the things we did make mistakes on, we were going to improve upon in the second half."
Head Coach Roger Bush on..
"Huge credit to Denver, we have a ton of respect for their program and I thought they were fantastic today. We know we were fortunate several different times to not concede."
…the team's effort and fight:
"I'm super proud of girls for their effort, they fought hard and I think that is very important. That was the thing, even at half-time, we said to stay in the fight and that has been the thing for our season right now is to just stay in the fight. You want to try to take all three points whenever you're at home, but taking a point against a good Denver side keeps us in the fight and we are going to do our best to stay in the fight."
"Anna is a fighter, the match was made for her and she put her mark on it. Her 110 minutes was great and she was playing at a rate that made it difficult for us to bring her off. We have a couple of players that can play that position and do very well there, but Anna was having a great game and she was in the fight. I'm really proud of her for her effort."
…upcoming match with South Dakota State:
"We have South Dakota State on Thursday, they are the perennial regular season juggernauts. They are a great program, a great team and well coached. They will play with a lot of energy and we know who they are and we have a lot of work in front of us to get ready as well as some work in front of us to recover from today."
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