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Soccer season closes as seniors part ways

Men’s and women’s soccer concluded their 2016 seasons last weekend. While the women’s team fell
short in the Summit League Championship Game, the men’s team missed the tournament for the first time in three years.
The ORU men finished 6-10-2 overall and 2-4 in conference, despite being picked to finish third. It experienced its final loss against Omaha 3-1 on Nov. 5.
“I think every single one of them embodies our core values,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Ryan
Bush on his outgoing seniors. “They’ve overachieved and they’ve kind of been the underdog and the over-comers [during their time] and I think they’ve taught the younger guys a lot about what it means to work and grind and transcend expectations.”
Junior Santiago Riveros earned Summit League Second Team All-Summit honors. He started 16 games this season, and recorded six goals. He also tied first in the Summit with eight assists. Freshman defender Tyler LaCourse and goalkeeper Thibaut Giquel were chosen also for the
Summit’s All-Newcomer team. Giquel had a save record of 71 percent this season, with 31 saves for the Golden Eagles. LaCourse made his defensive position known creating three shots on goal and started 12 games this season.
“[The team has] meant a lot. We grew a culture here ever since my freshman year. We were the bottom of the whole NCAA and we brought the program around changed it into something special,” said redshirt senior Tyler Hill.
The women’s soccer improved on a disappointing finish in the Summit League semi-final in 2015
and made it all the way to the championship game in 2016 . The team finished with a record 11-9-2 overall and 5-3 in conference.
The team had a six-game winning streak leading up to a championship final at the end of the League tournament including three shutouts. Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl and Kelli Keller were named to the
All-Tournament team.
“I am confident in my team and believe in them, I know that we played hard and are capable of beating every team in our conference,” said senior midfielder Mariah Morgan.
Junior forward Lexi Jones led the Golden Eagles offensively this season. Jones appeared in 19 games leading the league in goals (11) and points (23). Both teams now begin offseason preparations and will return to the pitch next spring.