TULSA, Okla. – Head Coach Roger Bush’s Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team looks to rebound from its first Southland Conference loss as they face league newcomer Abilene Christian on Sunday in Abilene, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
ORU (8-3, 3-1) saw a four-match winning streak come to an end on Friday as the offense struggled in a 1-0 loss at Incarnate Word. The Golden Eagles fell into a three-way tie for second in the SLC with Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin.
Entering the weekend with the 11th best scoring offense in the nation at 2.9 goals per game, the Golden Eagles struggled to create opportunities as they were only able to put four shots on target against UIW. Jennifer Abernathy, Kayla Keller and Mary-Kate Halsmer have each scored five goals to lead the Golden Eagles this season.
Despite being ineligible for postseason play in their first season as an NCAA Division I program, that hasn’t stopped the Wildcats from making a statement by posting a league-best 4-1 record and a 10-1-1 overall mark. On Friday, Madison Brown and Natalie Throneberry picked up first half goals to lift the Wildcats over Central Arkansas, 2-1.
Senior forward Andrea Carpenter sits with the second most goals in the SLC with nine goals, leading the way for the Wildcats. She has also recorded a team high five assists.
A pair of freshman, Kelsey Dombrowski and Sydney Newton, have split time between the posts. Friday’s victory against UCA marked the first time either played a full match as Dombrowski played all 90 minutes, recording five saves to bring her season total to 16. Newton has played the most minutes between the pair with 616:41 and has earned 22 saves.
ORU and ACU women’s have never faced each other on the pitch.