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Halsmer halts Creighton in double OT

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 09/23/2012
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OMAHA, Neb. - With 2:49 left in the second overtime, Mary-Kate Halsmer broke away from the defense at midfield, putting the ball in the net from 15 yards out to give the Oral Roberts women's soccer team the victory over Creighton, 1-0.

Halsmer's second goal in as many games, and her third of the season, helped the Golden Eagles improve their season record to 6-3-2. The Golden Eagles have now moved to five consecutive matches without a loss, the longest such streak since the 2004 season when the program finished atop the Summit League standings.

The victory marks the Golden Eagles first win in overtime matches in four chances. They previously tied UMKC and Tulsa, and came up short to North Texas in the season opener.

The Golden Eagles had several failed opportunities as time began to wind down in regulation, recording their first shots on goal in the final five minutes. With 4:55 remaining, Kayla Keller took a shot that was saved by Creighton's Katie Jo Swanson, followed by another Swanson save on a Whitney Booth shot in the 88th minute.

Through the first 90 minutes of play, the Blue Jays outshot the visiting Golden Eagles 19-8, including seven shots that were each knocked down by ORU's sophomore keeper Helen Erb. The shutout was Erb's (5-3-2) sixth of the season.

Lauren Parks, Megan Giles and Keller each finished the match with a pair of shots each, while Shelbi Lousch added a shot in the final five minutes of regulation.

Whitney Booth took her second shot of the match in the 104th minute, but the play was blocked by the Blue Jay defense. Creighton was unable to get a shot off during the overtime periods.

The ladies will have a week off before taking part in their first ever Southland Conference showdown next Sunday (Sept. 30) at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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