TULSA, Okla. - Coming into his own at the collegiate level, Oral Roberts freshman Chris Kroeze scored a goal and picked up an assist in an exhibition draw at home against Oklahoma City, 2-2.
Showing his rocket leg several times during the first half of the contest, Kroeze's picked up his assist on the first Golden Eagle goal of the contest in the 81st minute. From about 30 yards out, Kroeze booted a ball the connected with the crossbar, setting up a great rebound goal to tie the game off the foot of Alexander Mackie.
Each of the four goals in the contest came after the 72:48 mark as it seemed that both teams intensity propelled to another level.
Following the second goal by the Stars in the 83rd minute, Kroeze's stepped up for a free kick in roughly the same part of the field as his shot that hit the crossbar. Coach Steve Hayes said in his post game remarks that Kroeze was known for his free kicks, and that held true as he rose the ball over the keepers head for the game tying goal.
While the Golden Eagles have scored four goals in their first two exhibition matches, only one of come in transition.
"The hardest thing to do in soccer is score goals, you got to be sharp, and make sure the final ball is good," said coach Hayes following the draw with Oklahoma City. "We could certainly improve, but we are keeping possession well, we are building the play well, so I think as the season moves along we will see more goals."
Both of Kroeze's shots in the game were on goal, while Gerardo Salas, Cody Lofgren added one a piece to go with Mackie's goal. Daniel McCarthy had four saves in goal for the Golden Eagles.
ORU, 0-1-1 in exhibition, has one exhibition contest remaining on Tuesday night when they host Oklahoma Baptist at the Case Soccer Complex at 7 p.m.