NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Much like last season, the Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team kicked off its conference season with a postponement at Stephen F. Austin. However, the results this season were much different.
Originally schedule for Friday evening, but postponed due to field conditions, the Golden Eagles pulled off the upset on Saturday morning as Mary-Kate Halsmer scored her second golden goal in consecutive matches to defeat preseason SLC favorite SFA in overtime, 2-1.
ORU earned its first victory of the conference season as it moved its record to 6-2 and 1-0 in conference play, while the Ladyjacks dropped to 5-2 and 0-1 in SLC action.
After the first 45 minutes of play, the match was scoreless, with the Ladyjacks holding a 8-3 shot advantage over the Golden Eagles. The home squad broke the scoreless tie in the 49th minute as Megan Dunnigan converted a header off a corner kick of Melissa Gaudet.
The Golden Eagle defense stood up after the goal, giving their squad an opportunity to attack. In the 75th minute, Megan Giles scored her fourth goal of the season as she put the ball in the back of the net from the top of the box.
With four minutes remaining in the first overtime period, Halsmer stepped up again, as she controlled a loose ball in front of the net and slipped it by the SFA keeper for the golden goal. The game-winner was the eighth of her career and the second consecutive golden goal after putting on in against Arkansas State last Sunday.
Maddie Rhodes earned her second victory of the season between the posts as she earned a save on a shot from Zuri Prince. Lacey Lee, who entered in the second half for the Ladyjacks, took the loss.
The victory snaps a five-match losing skid to the Ladyjacks.
ORU continues its trip in South Texas on Sunday as they visit Lamar. The match against the Cardinals is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., weather permitting.