Late goals by Mira, Rogers lift ORU over IPFW, 2-1
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University men’s soccer team started the Summit League schedule with a victory early Sunday morning as they topped Fort Wayne in overtime, 2-1.
ORU (3-4-1) improved its unbeaten streak to four matches and earned its first conference opening win since 2009. IPFW is still in search of its first win of the season as the Mastodons fell to 0-8-1 on the season.
After the match was postponed on Saturday due to field conditions at the Case Soccer Complex, Sunday’s match kicked off at 8 a.m. Both squads struggled to get going throughout the match, playing the first 65 minutes in foggy conditions.
However, a defensive breakdown by the Golden Eagles broke a scoreless tie in the 82nd minute as Jose Rodriquez gave the Mastodons a 1-0 lead. Rodriquez collected a free ball outside the penalty area, dribbled through traffic in the box and placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the net.
With five seconds remaining in the match, Gerardo Salas drew a foul in the box near the end-line. Edgardo Mira was called upon to take the penalty kick. Mastodon keeper Raphael Kotzock knocked down the PK, but Mira followed for the game-tying goal.
It didn’t take long for ORU to close out the match in the extra period. In the 91st minute, Marco Hernandez took a point blank shot that was deflected at the net, but Matt Rogers was near the right post to convert the game-winner.
Both goalkeepers earned seven saves in the match, with ORU keeper Ben LaCourse earning his third victory of the season. Kotzock’s record dropped to 0-6-1.
Up next, ORU heads to South Texas for its second match of the season against Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Huskies stunned the Golden Eagles at the Case Soccer Complex with a 2-1 victory in double-overtime.