Golden Eagles grounded in conference opener
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin welcomed the Oral Roberts women's soccer program to the Southland Conference on Monday as the Golden Eagles took part in their first conference match. However, the party was one sided as the Golden Eagles fell to the Ladyjacks in Texas, 5-0.
The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 6-4-2 on the season, snapping a five game streak without a losing decision. In a match originally scheduled for Sunday that was postponed due to field conditions, the five goals the Golden Eagles allowed was the most this season.
They will return to action at home on Friday when they host Northwestern State (La.) for a conference contest. Earlier this season, the Golden Eagles topped the Lady Demons of NSU in Tulsa, 5-0.
On Monday, the Ladyjack defense was just two strong for the Golden Eagles, holding ORU to just two shots on the afternoon, both of which were on goal.
ORU's first opportunity came during the first in the 15th minute as senior Lauren Parks took a shot that was knocked down by the Ladyjack keeper, Lacey Lee. The keeper was a spoiler yet again in the 65th minutes on a shot off the foot of Jennifer Abernathy.
Zuri Prince and Kylie Louw had an outstanding match for the home team, netting two goals apiece. Laura Sadler added the fifth goal of the afternoon in the 83rd minute to put the icing on the cake for the Ladyjacks.
On Prince's first goal of the afternoon in the 9th minute, Christie Hinojosa found sophomore in front of the net or finished the play to put the Ladyjacks up 1-0. Just under two minutes later, Prince set up Louw's first goal of the match, who blasted the ball from about 20 yards out.
Louw tacked on her second goal of the match in the 40th minute to put her team up 3-0 on a pass from Brenda Salazar. In the 73rd minute, Prince extended the Ladyjack lead to 4-0 after scoring an unassisted goal from 15 yards out.
Helen Erb was credited with the loss for the Golden Eagles between the posts, picking up eight saves in 90 minutes of action. She falls to 5-4-2 on the season.