Golden Eagles Fall to Bradley
TULSA, Okla.- The Golden Eagles couldn't overcome four first half goals Bradley, as they fall 5-2 on Monday night in their final road match of the season.
ORU (5-10-1, 2-2-1 Summit League) was not affected in the standings by the non-conference loss, and will still look to snatch a spot in the Summit League tournament with a victory over Western Illinois on November 5. Sophomore Keeper Daniel McCarthy got his second start of the season for the Golden Eagles, allowing four goals and collecting three saves. He was replaced by freshman Nick Petolick in the second half, who gave up one goal and had two saves. The goals for ORU came in the 8th minute by freshman Cody Lofgren which tied the game 1-1 after Bradley (12-4-1) jumped out early with a goal in the second minute. ORU didn't score again until junior Aaron Birk made it 5-2 in the 83rd minute with his sixth goal of the year.
Most of the damage was inflicted in the first half, with Bradley scoring goals in the 2nd, 32nd, 40th, and 44th minute. Sophomore Keegan Belle, senior Matt Kuehl, junior Jochen Graf and junior Marcus Schademann all scored their first goals of the season. Sophomore Chris Olivera also scored his first goal of the season for the Braves in the 47th minute, Bradley's only goal in the second half. Sophomore keeper Brian Billings played one half and allowed one goal while collecting one save for Bradley. Senior Kyle Orne took over in the second half and also allowed just one goal while grabbing two saves.
ORU is back in action on Saturday, November 5, when they take on Western Illinois at home for a chance to play in the postseason.