The ORU women’s soccer team held Oklahoma to one goal for 84 minutes, but couldn’t hang on in the end, falling to the Sooners 2-1.
The match was deadlocked with neither side giving in, until the 85th minute of regulation when OU Forward Kaylee Dao drove the game-winning shot into the back of the ORU net.
“They played fast at times,” said Golden Eagles forward Brittney Lawrence. “We just have to learn how to counter attack and push our pace.”
The Sooners came back after halftime and controlled the match, maintaining possession in ORU’s side of the field most of the second half.
The Golden Eagles scored the match’s first goal at the 14-minute mark of the first half. Lawrence broke away from the defense and fired a shot to the top left corner for the score. The goal was Lawrence’s team-leading, fifth goal of the season.
The Sooners notched the equalizer in the 43rd minute of the first half. Golden Eagle goalkeeper Maddie Rhodes came out and saved the initial shot but was caught out of position. Sooners midfielder Lizzie Luallin shot the rebound into an empty net to tie the match.
The Golden Eagles had many chances during Tuesday’s match, but couldn’t find a way to score in the second half.
“Our passing has improved a lot since the beginning of the season. We just need to focus a little bit more,” said midfielder Tahlor Lyman. “When we get into the final third of the field, we have to make sure those chances count.”
The team’s record of four wins, five losses and two draws doesn’t tell the whole story. The Golden Eagles have only lost one match by more than a goal. The team is battling and grinding out matches, something the Golden Eagles lacked last season.
“It’s the identity the seniors have adapted for the program,” said head coach Roger Bush. “They are leading us in that direction; there is an always-in-the-fight mentality and mantra. I’m going to credit them with that; they lead it. I’m really proud of them for that.”
The ORU women’s soccer team will face South Dakota today and this season the Golden Eagles look to start conference play on the right foot.
“We’re pumped,” said Lyman. “We’re ready to get these first two [conference] wins of the season, start conference, maybe even start on top.”