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ORU Secures No. 3 Seed in Summit League Championships

ORU Secures No. 3 Seed in Summit League Championships

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Oral Roberts women's soccer team defeated Purdue Fort Wayne, 2-0, Sunday afternoon. The win clinches the No. 3 seed in the 2019 Summit League Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare in Brookings, S.D., on Nov. 7-9.


In dominant fashion, Jordan Langebartels led the Golden Eagles offense recording both goals. The senior fired eight of the 11 shots from Oral Roberts, including four hitting the frame.


The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead as Langebartels snuck a shot past the Mastodons goal keeper in the 19th minute. The Tulsa native moved to No. 4 all-time on Oral Roberts career goals scored list with 21.


Purdue Fort Wayne answered back in the 26th minute with an attack of its own giving the Golden Eagles a scare before freshman goal keeper Allison Austin put an end to the threat recording her third save in the first half.


Langebartels fired in two more shots missing to the left and right of the frame before the first half buzzer sounded. ORU went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead, while Langebartels recorded all six shots for the Golden Eagles and Austin recorded five saves.


Right out of the half, Langebartels increased the Golden Eagles lead, 2-0, as she netted a penalty kick goal in the 57th minute. Her sixth goal in five games and ninth of the 2019 campaign, a career season high.


Oral Roberts continued to attack as Kelli Keller and Samantha See relentlessly fired shots to test the Mastadons defense.


Purdue Fort Wayne executed one last attack as Morgan Reitano fired a shot on goal, before Austin recorded her seventh save of the day.


Denver secured the No. 1 seed after recorded a 7-0-1 record with 22 points, the most points the Pioneers have earned in Summit League play in program history. Host South Dakota State tallied a 6-1-1 league mark to earn the No. 2 seed. After missing last year's championships, ORU earned the No. 3 seed, while North Dakota snuck in at the No. 4 seed.


Thursday's first match pits Denver against North Dakota at 3 p.m. CT, followed by South Dakota State and Oral Roberts at 6 p.m. CT. The winners of Thursday's matches will play in Saturday's championship match at Noon CT with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.


- Jordan Langebartels moved to No. 4 on ORU's all-time goals list with 22 career goals.
- Allison Austin recorded seven saves in her third career shutout.
- The win secured a No. 3 seed in next week's championships, the first trip to postseason since 2017.
- Oral Roberts moves to 6-1-3 in the blue kits.


Head Coach Roger Bush on...

....Purdue Fort Wayne:
"First a lot of respect to the Purdue Ft. Wayne team.  They were highly energized and spirited today, and we were fortunate to survive several waves of their pressure. Hats off to their kids and Coach Burr for putting together a great season and a terrific match in their final Summit League game today."

....the season's ups and downs:
"The journey to arrive here required a reckoning of sorts after last year's challenges.  That process began with the moment after the 2018 season's final match and can be credited to some of the program's current alumni, last year's seniors, and of course the impeccable leadership of this year's senior class and captains.  We have incredible kids who believe devoutly in each other, have trusted a process of accountability, competing against a tough nationally ranked schedule, and embrace and seek opportunities to grow through failures that render any victory possible. The grind of the schedule rendered us physically less today, but still yet spiritually empowered and able."

...securing the No. 3 seed to next week's championships:
"We are humbled to be a representative in the final-4 stage of the Summit League.  This is a very good women's soccer league in the U.S., and the post season qualification process is not for faint hearted.  We have a lot of respect for each of the programs and teams in this league, and we are honored at an opportunity to be one of the 4 teams to compete in the post season." 


Senior Forward Jordan Langebartels on...

...having her name in the record books:
"It's a really cool and exciting accomplishment for me. As a freshman I would have never thought that this where I would be right now, especially after hardly playing my first season. I have worked really hard for this and, of course, scoring goals is a really fun thing to do so I love that I can bring that part to the team in order to help us be successful."

...securing the No. 3 seed in next week's championships:
"Everyone is really excited to have made the tournament, especially after missing out last season. We are ready for the opportunity to play postseason soccer and show everyone that we derserve to be exactly where we are."


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