As the summer heat of Oklahoma begins to fade away, students will find ample opportunities to spend a cool, fall evening at the Case Soccer Complex. ORU’s men’s and women’s soccer teams began their seasons in August and will continue to play through November.
At this point, the women’s team holds a 1-5 record and will play a total of 12 games at the Case Soccer Complex.
“Our record right now isn’t where we want it to be, but there is a great spirit of the team,” Head Coach Roger Bush said.
That spirit emanates from this year’s mantra, developed by the senior leaders of the team: “Play for each other, sacrifice for each other, give up for each other.”
“[We are] extraordinarily grateful for the support of the student body so far at the games this season,” Coach Bush stated. “We can’t say enough how thankful we are for all the folks that come out. Being there is always a big part of the relationship.”
Coach Bush noted that simply showing up and being there to support the team is one of the best ways for the student body to aid the team.
At this point, the men’s team boasts a 3-1 record. This season, the team will play 11 games on home turf, providing students many opportunities to catch games against a wide variety of competition.
“In the end, what our players are going to remember is not how many fans were in the stands on game day, it’s the relationships that they have with their fellow students in the university,” explained Coach Taylor.
Coach Taylor highlighted several upcoming games, including the cross-town rivalry game against the University of Tulsa at ONEOK Field, a home conference game against Denver and the team’s senior night game against Western Illinois.
Coach Taylor gave insight into one of the team’s traditions this year. John Chau, a former ORU student and missionary, served the team as a student manager. Next to the team’s locker room door is a sign that reads, “The ultimate value is sacrifice,” a motto exemplified by the life of John Chau. Players slap the sign every time they leave the locker room, and it serves as a guiding principle of the team.
Upcoming Women’s Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Chicago St. 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Kansas City 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Florida Atlantic 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Denver* 1 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. South Dakota St.* 7 p.m.
Oct 13 vs. North Dakota St.* 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 vs. South Dakota* 7 p.m.
Upcoming Men’s Soccer
Sept. 28 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne* 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Valparaiso 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. SIUE 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Incarnate Word 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Tulsa1 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 vs. Denver* 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 vs. Western Illinois* 7 p.m.
*Conference 1Neutral Site
Featured photo by James Adamski