Grados Leads ORU to Sixth-Consecutive Home Victory
TULSA, Okla.-for the second consecutive game, Maria Grados kicks the game winning goal for the Golden Eagles as they defeat conference foe Western Illinois 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon.
Grados game winner came in the 101st minute of double overtime off a Penalty kick that resulted from a handball in the box by WIU. The goal was her eighth of the season and second in as many games. Freshman Helen Erb allowed one goal and collected five saves. ORU improved to 6-8-1 and 3-2 in the Summit League. The win over Western Illinois has given ORU a six-game home winning streak.
Western Illinois (6-8-0), who fell to 0-5 in Summit League play, took the early first half lead with an incredible midfield shot that bounced over freshman keeper Helen Erb's head for a goal in the 9th minute.
The Golden Eagles forged a tie at the end of regulation with a goal in the 74th minute by junior Whitney Booth, giving the Golden Eagles the opportunity to win the game in overtime.
ORU will be back in action Friday when they travel to Rochester, Michigan to take on conference arch-rival Oakland on October 21, at 7 p.m.