TULSA, Okla.-The Golden Eagles explode for three second half goals to rally past Valparaiso and clinch a 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (4-7-0) fell behind 2-0 early in the second half, but behind hot-footed senior Jarrett Hamilton's two goals, the tide quickly turned and ORU captured their second road victory of the year. Hamilton's goals came in the 64th minute to cut the lead to 2-1, and then in the 85th minute, which would prove to be the game winner. Both goals were assisted by junior Aaron Birk, who leads the team with four assists. Freshman keeper Nick Petolick picked up the win; recording five saves and giving up two goals.
The Crusaders (5-5-2) couldn't capitalize on goals by freshman Gerardo Avelar in the 39th minute and senior Stefan Antonijevic in the 58th minute. Valpo lost the lead when a shot by Birk flying wide was deflected into the net by a Crusader defender for the own goal, making the score 2-2. Senior keeper Kyle Zobeck had just a single save for the Crusaders and gave up three goals.
The Golden Eagles return home to face Drake on October 15, at 3 p.m.