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Golden Eagles decimate IUPUI in 6-1 home win

The Golden Eagle women’s soccer team completed its weekend with a 6-1 defeat of the IUPUI Jaguars at the Case Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. ORU is now 7-9-1 overall and 2-3 in Summit League action.

This was the second consecutive conference win for the team and 27-of-35 players saw minutes on the field.

Junior Lexi Jones started the scoring frenzy with a goal 26 minutes into play after dribbling around the IUPUI defenders.

Then 15 minutes later, Chloe Basnett, assisted by Megan Guico, finished the first half with another successful shot at the 40 minute mark.

Four other goals came from Tahlor Lyman, Lexi Jones, Maria Stordahl and Alexia Herrera in the second half of the game.

IUPUI’s Leia Peterman was able to snap the shutout and get on the board at the 87 minute mark.

Head Coach Roger Bush is satisfied with the team’s efforts, despite some of the struggles it has faced this season but believes the team is heading in the right direction.

“I’m happy with our team. It’s a high character group of kids that work hard for each other,” said Bush. “Our struggles have been just related to scoring goals. They haven’t been related to how we play. We talked about trying to be process oriented instead of outcome focused. We knew the process was right [and] I appreciate the kids for trusting the coaches and the direction and leadership.”

Jones, who now has nine goals despite a slow start to the season, had a similar sentiment.

“[I had] personal goals, but first and foremost I wanted the team to win and score goals,” she said. “If that happened from me scoring, then so be it and I would be happy. I just wanted the team to win because we deserve it.”

Bush spoke highly of Jones’ performance and the impact she has on the team’s success.

“Lexi is a quality player. She has lots of tremendous technical qualities,” Bush said. “All of her goals we’re going to give credit to the entire team for, but you have to have certain technical qualities, you have to be a certain visionary and she’s those things.

ORU continues conference play at Denver on Oct. 20 where it looks to continue the momentum and finish with a season worthy of a spot in the Summit League tournament.