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Golden Eagles Dominate UMKC, 3-0

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 10/24/2010
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Lauren Parks scored ORU's final goal in a win over UMKC.

TULSA-Three different players scored goals as Oral Roberts eased to a 3-0 Summit League victory over UMKC, Sunday at ORU Soccer Complex.

The win improves ORU to 9-6-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Summit League play. The nine wins represent the most for the Golden Eagles since the 2005 team posted 10 victories.

After dominating play in the first half (11-4 advantage on shots) but failing to score, ORU continue to fire away at the Kangaroos (1-14-1, 0-6-1) in the second half.

Freshman Jennifer Abernathy finally broke the scoreless tie in the 75th minute when her she knocked in her team-leading sixth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead. Junior Anna Bickers assisted the goal.

Less than a minute later freshman Whitney Brannan gave the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead. Brannan took a pass from Mary-Kate Halsmer and beat UMKC goalkeeper Jami Finnell in the 76th minute.

Sophomore Lauren Parks and junior Maria Grados teamed up on ORU's next goal. Grados sent in a corner kick from the right side and Parks hit a strong header into the net for a 3-0 lead in the 86th minute.

In all, the Golden Eagles out-shot UMKC 23-6. Finnell finished with seven saves for the Kangaroos while ORU keeper Amanda Wheeler posted her second straight shutout by making four saves.

The Golden Eagles wrap up the 2010 regular season with a pair of critical Summit League road games, beginning 7 p.m., Friday at South Dakota State. ORU wraps up the season next Sunday at North Dakota State. The Golden Eagles need at least one victory to qualify for the Summit League Tournament, which begins Nov. 5 in Brookings, S.D.


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