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Women's soccer drops match to visiting Bears, 3-1

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 09/02/2012
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TULSA, Okla. - Despite outplaying a very good Missouri State club most of the match, the Oral Roberts women's soccer team falls to the Bears on a hot Sunday at home, 3-1.

The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 2-3-1 on the season.

ORU will have several days off to recover from a couple of physical matches over the weekend as they head to Norman to face Big 12 opponent Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

On Sunday, in 100-plus degree heat, both teams really struggled to get much going in the first half of action. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, they found themselves look up at the Bears after the first 45 minutes, 1-0.

Missouri State tacked on a pair of goals early in the second half as Rachel Weimer put a rebound in the net in the 54th minute and Michelle Sommer dribbled in for a shot and goal a little over ten minutes later.

The Golden Eagles lone goal came in the 79th minute on a free kick from Ashley Martin. It was the second goal in as many games for Martin, and just like her goal from Friday night against Northwestern State (La.), Martin put the ball passed the diving opposing keeper into the top right corner of the net.

After the match, head coach Ryan Bush commented on the play of the freshman Martin.

"It's not just her goal scoring," said Bush. "Her tackling, challenging, her ball winning on the back line, has been brilliant up to this point."

Whitney Booth had two opportunities to put the ball in goal for the Golden Eagles, while Shelbi Lousch, Lauren Parks and Kayla Keller added a shot on goal each.

Sophomore Helen Erb was credited with her third loss in goal, picking up a save in the match. Backup keeper Maddie Rhodes saw her second action of the season, recording two saves in the final 45 minutes.

"I think we are going to be fine. The group is good and we will bounce back from this," mentioned Bush. "I'm confident in our ability to go compete with OU and some of the schools coming up."

The Golden Eagles will not return to the pitch at the Case Soccer Complex until Oct. 5 when they host a rematch with this past Friday's opponent, Northwestern State, in a Southland Conference tilt. ORU topped the Demons in the first matchup, 5-0.

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