Parks scores in final match as ORU's season ends
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Senior defender Lauren Parks scored the lone goal on Friday afternoon for the Oral Roberts women's soccer team, as the Golden Eagles' season came in an end in the Southland Conference tournament semifinals.
Faced with the task of taking on the conference's top team, the Golden Eagles fell to Stephen F. Austin, 2-1. The Ladyjacks move on to Sunday's championship versus the winner of Friday's late game between Southeastern Louisiana and Lamar.
The Golden Eagles, who finished in fifth in the Southland standings with a 4-4 record, dropped its overall record to 12-7-2. The 12 victories are the most by a Golden Eagle squad since the 2004 season.
Parks, a native of Edmond, Okla., netted the goal in her final collegiate match, putting a rebound into the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Park goal was her second of the season.
Unfortunately, the goal came with the Golden Eagles already in a two goal hole to the Ladyjacks, who won the regular season contest between the two squads, 5-0. In the 11th minute of the contest, Chelsea Raymond took a pass from Zuri Prince from the opening goal, while Kylie Louw found Laura Sadler in the 37th minute.
Freshman keeper Maddie Rhodes entered the contest shortly after the first goal of the match, and held the conference's best offense to just one more goal. She recorded five saves in the match, while the loss was credited to sophomore Helen Erb who started the contest.
Mary-Kate Halsmer ended the match who two shots, one of which was on goal, and Ashley Martin added a shot on a free kick in the first half. The Ladyjacks controlled the much of the match, outshooting the Golden Eagles, 16-4.