TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team tied a school record for victories on Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles shutdown the Lady Demons of Northwestern State, 2-0.
ORU improved to 14-4 overall on the season and 9-2 in the Southland Conference to keep pace with Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana in the league race, while NSU fell to 6-10-1 and 4-5-1. The 14 victories for ORU ties the mark set by the 2000 and 2004 teams.
Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Golden Eagles are in second place to SFA, while maintaining a half a game lead over SLU. Both SFA and SLU have two matches remaining in the season, with ORU closing its season on Friday.
In Sunday’s match, the Golden Eagles remained on the attack much of the contest as they outshot the Lady Demons, 19-7. On the occasion NSU was able to control the ball in its final third, the ORU defense stepped up, only allowing one shot, a header, inside the penalty area.
Jordan Parsons led the Golden Eagles with three shots on target, one of which was netted for a goal in the 35th minute to put ORU up 1-0. Madison Valenzuela was credited with the assist as Parsons was able to clean up a fumbled saved by the NSU keeper following a shot from Valenzuela.
A little more than a minute into the second half, the Golden Eagles added the second goal of the match when Megan Giles collected a loose ball in front of the net and took the shot for the goal.
Both Parsons’ and Giles’ goals were their sixth of the season.
Golden Eagle keeper Maddie Rhodes (8-4-0) had a quiet day on her end of the field as she saved two balls from the Lady Demons in the victory. Jessica Danku kept the Lady Demons in the match, making several diving and leaping saves as she recorded eight in the loss.
The Golden Eagles hasn’t allowed a goal to the Lady Demons in three matches over the past two seasons, outscoring them 10-0.
ORU will close the regular season on Friday as they host McNeese State on Senior Day at the Case Soccer Complex. Kickoff is schedule for 7 p.m. with the recognition of the seniors taking place during pre-game activities.