Score: Oral Roberts 1 – North Dakota State 1
Record: ORU 3-7-3 (0-1-2) – NDSU 6-5-2 (1-1-1)
TULSA, Okla. – The Golden Eagles women's soccer team battled the North Dakota State Bison to a 1-1 draw, Sunday afternoon at the Case Soccer Complex.
For the third time this season and second time in the last three matches, the Golden Eagles battled 110-minutes to escape with a draw.
Both teams came out of the first whistle evenly matched as the Bison attacked first within the five minute mark, followed by shots from Jordan Langebartels and Mia Kitterman, that just missed the frame. After 20 minutes of play both teams were tied, 0-0.
A relentless attack by the Golden Eagles found success as Langebartels fired a laser from 25-yards out that hit the bottom of the crossbar, followed by Shayla Padilla knocking the rebound to the back of the net. ORU led NDSU, 1-0, in the 26th minute. Padilla recorded her fourth goal of the season.
Less than five minutes to go in the first half, NDSU sent a herd of Bison on the attack recording three shots within minutes, before finding the net with the equalizer in the 44th minute. After the first 45 minutes of play both teams went into the half tied at one.
The Golden Eagles defensive line of Brooklyn Eardley, Gabrielle Abbey, Shannon Smith and Jessica Misquez, along with goalkeeper Allison Austin, came out of the second half holding its ground. The ORU defense denied Elyse Huber on five shots, including three saves by Austin.
Despite being unlucky, the Golden Eagles had the Bison defense with its back against the wall as Mia Kitterman, Padilla and Langebartels fired shots at Bison keeper Monica Polgar.
Langebartels carried her attacking mentality into extra time as she opened the first overtime period firing a shot that missed high. Fellow Golden Eagles, Mackenzi Kirschner and Abbey each recorded shots of their own, before being blocked by the Bison defense.
Both teams would threaten once more before hearing the final horn ending the match in a draw.
- Freshman goalkeeper Allison Austin tied her career high with nine saves.
- For a fourth consecutive match, defenders Brooklyn Eardley and Gabrielle Abbey played the full match.
- Jordan Langebartels led the Golden Eagles with six shots.
- Shayla Padilla recorded her fourth goal of the year and now leads ORU with 12 points on the season.
- The Golden Eagles are now 3-1-2 in the blue kits.
Head Coach Roger Bush on…
…North Dakota State:
"Huge credit to North Dakota State, they are a great team and a great program. They dug back into a game on the road and it just shows the resiliency and character of their team."
…starting league play 0-1-2:
"These first three home games in league play were against the only three programs to have won a championship in the past decade, we have a ton of respect for these teams and for the rest of the opponents in our league. I think our girls have played hard in all three of the games. Obviously from a point standpoint, getting only two points is not the points you want and it increases the challenge but I know our team is up for it."
"We have been super happy with Allison's play and she has helped keep us in these first three games. Going forward we will need her to play big and I know she is capable of it."
…upcoming road trip:
"The Summit league is tough and the travel is tough, there is a lot in front of the team that will need to be overcome. This trip is a great opportunity, I know we have the leadership on the team and the right captains to lead the team through what is next."
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