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Parsons scores twice as ORU shuts out Lamar, 3-0

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 09/22/2013
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BEAUMONT, Texas – The Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team scored three goals in six minutes en route to the Golden Eagles’ second victory in as many days as they defeated Lamar on Sunday, 3-0.

ORU moved its record to 2-0 in Southland Conference play and 7-2 overall, giving the Golden Eagles their best nine-game start in program history. With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the SLC.

Battling back and forth through the first 35 minutes, the Golden Eagles turned up the heat in the 35th minute, netting a pair of goals just 62 seconds apart. Jordan Parsons started the scoring as she got a head on a cross from Kayla Keller, converting it for the goal. A short time later, Keller added the second ORU goal of the match and her fourth of the year.

In the 41st minute, Parsons struck again as she took possession of the ball near midfield, scoring her third goal of the season on a breakaway, extending the ORU lead to 3-0.

Midway through the second half, Jennifer Abernathy had the best opportunity to increase the ORU lead as she was called upon to take a penalty kick. However, Lamar keeper Bailey Fontenot knocked it down for the save.

Maddie Rhodes continues to impress in the net for ORU as she earned her first solo shutout of the season and the second of her career. She recorded three saves to move to 3-1 on the season. Fontenot took the loss for the Cardinals as she earned six saves in 82 minutes, while Zoey Stephenson had a save in the final eight minutes.

Parsons finished the afternoon with four of ORU’s 10 shots on goal. Jennifer Abernathy and Maria Stordahl each had two on target, while Keller and Ashley Martin had a solid look.

The Golden Eagles outshot the Cardinals, 24-13.

ORU has a week off until they return to action at the Case Soccer Complex next Sunday against first-year program Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Start time against the Islanders is set for 1 p.m.

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