TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts women's soccer team closes its regular season on the road Friday afternoon at Central Arkansas, as they attempt to improve their conference tournament seed, while also playing the spoiler role.
As the two squads enter the final day of play, there is a lot at stake. The Golden Eagles (10-6-2, 4-3-0) are currently sitting in fifth place in the standings, but with a victory, could potentially move as high as a tie for second place. However, via a tie-breaker, they can only get as high as a three seed in the Southland Conference tournament.
A Golden Eagle victory will also mark the most wins by the women's program since the 2004 season.
On the opposite side of the field are the Bears who are playing for their postseason lives. A victory for UCA (10-6-1, 2-4-1) would lift them over McNeese State in the standings for the final tournament spot. McNeese closed its conference schedule last week.
The six team tournament, hosted by McNeese, will begin on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Lake Charles, La.
Entering conference play, the Bears were one of the hottest teams in the league, starting the season with an 8-2 record. They were led by junior Adriana Lucar with 14 goals in non-conference action, which led the nation in goals up to that point. However, in the seven conference games, Lucar has been held scoreless.
During Southland play, the Bears defense has allowed the third fewest goals with just seven, but they have also scored the third fewest with four goals to their credit, including 1-0 victories over McNeese State and Nicholls State. The Golden Eagles enter the contest with the second most goals score with nine to their credit.
Central Arkansas is coming off its second conference victory this past Sunday as they took down Nicholls State at home. Junior Maddie Poteet was the hero in the match, scoring the game-winner in the 40th minute of play.
The few conference goals allowed by the Bears have been a combined effort between Kelsey Gochnauer and Lyndzey Goff, who have each played more than 650 minutes between the posts. Gochnauer has been called upon to started 15 of her 16 matches played, leading the way with 37 saves, but Goff has also had her fair share of opportunities, making 13 appearances this season.