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Offense comes alive in victory over MVSU

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 09/16/2012
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ITTA BENA, Miss. - Allison Hall picked up her first three points of the season with a goal and an assist as the Oral Roberts women's soccer team walked away from Mississippi Valley State with a victory on Sunday, 4-0.

The victory improves the Golden Eagle record to 4-3-2, the first time this season the squad has been above the .500 mark. It is the first time since the end of the 2010 season the Golden Eagles have had more wins than losses on their season record.

Hall's assist came just two and a half minutes into the match with the Delta Devils as she crossed the into the box, setting up the opening goal off the foot of Lexie Salas. It was also Salas' first goal of the season.

The Golden Eagles dominated the ball through most of the 90 minutes of play, with the offense rattling off a total of 24 shots, 11 in first half, while the defense only allowed a total of five shots.

Quickly out of the gate in the second half, the hero last Sunday at Oklahoma, Megan Giles, set up teammate Kayla Keller on a great cross, who finished by putting the ball at the back post to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.

Keller now leads the Golden Eagles with three goals on the season, while Giles is tied with Ashley Martin for the team lead in assists with three.

Hall added her goal in the 64th minute of action when she completed a Whitney Booth corner kick by putting a header in the net. About 20 minutes later, Mary-Kate Halsmer set up the final goal of the afternoon as she found Kayla Nsien at the top of the box who finished off the play.

The Golden Eagles had one of their best offensive games of the season as they finished as 13 of their 24 shots were on goal. Jennifer Abernathy led the way in the shots on goal column with four, followed by Keller with three.

Between the posts, Helen Erb continues to have a solid season, recording her fourth shutout as she picked up three saves on the Delta Devils, improving her record to 3-3-2. She is among the top keepers in the Southland Conference in saves with 46.

The ladies take the pitch again next Friday as they play the first of a pair of matches in Omaha. They start the weekend against Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m. on Friday, closing the weekend against a very good Creighton team at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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