Abernathy, Keller lead ORU in rout of SWOSU, 6-1
TULSA, Okla. – Senior Jennifer Abernathy achieved an eight-year first on Sunday as the Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team easily handled Southwestern Oklahoma State, 6-1.
The Golden Eagles rebounded nicely following a loss on Friday to move their record to 3-1, while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 on the season. It was the largest margin of victory and most goals scored by a Golden Eagle team since beating Fort Wayne 5-0 in 2007.
Abernathy helped account for five of the six ORU goals on Sunday, scoring two and assisting on three. Her seven points were the most in a match since Jessica Kellogg had eight points in a match in 2005.
ORU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first minute of play as Abernathy put in a free kick from 40 yards out off the right side. She perfectly placed a floater over the leaping SWOSU keeper.
In the 19th minute, Kayla Keller received a well place through-ball from Abernathy in the middle of the box and converted it for a goal. A minute and a half later, Keller and Abernathy connected yet again for Keller’s second goal of the match.
With 1:47 off the clock in the second stanza, and the Golden Eagles leading 3-0, Samantha Nunez got the Bulldogs on the board. Jessica Carbonara was credited with the assist.
However, the score didn’t stay 3-1 for long as Abernathy struck again just 20 seconds later for her second goal of the match and third of the season. Her third assist of the afternoon came in the 61st minute when she found Lexie Salas at the top of the penalty area to extend the lead to 5-1.
Abernathy finished the match with four shots, three on goal, while Keller and Parsons each had two shots. Carbonara led the Bulldogs with a pair of shots.
Helen Erb (3-1) started the match between the posts for ORU and received the victory with three saves. Maddie Rhodes replaced Erb midway through the second period, playing 30 minutes in net with a save.
ORU will be back at home on Wednesday evening with a match against Rogers State at 7 p.m., before traveling down to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma on Friday evening at 7. The match against the Sooners will be air on Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Oklahoma.