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Women’s soccer tie twice in weekend tournament

The ORU women’s soccer team hosted University of Missouri Kansas City on friday night at the Case Soccer Complex. Despite a barrage of shot attempts towards the goal by the Golden Eagles, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Golden Eagles controlled the ball well throughout the contest, but struggled to score. Shelbi Lousch, senior forward and team captain, led the team in shot attempts with two.

“I think we played well,” Lousch said. “We need to do a better job of connecting on our passes, and capitalize on all of our opportunities in the box. Towards the end of the game, we got a better rhythm going, so I think we’re improving.”

After numerous failed shot attempts, Maria Stordahl took advantage of her position in the box and scored the game-tying goal.

Although the ladies didn’t score on most of their shot attempts, the team’s offense looked very fluid throughout the match. The ladies walked out of the complex satisfied with their performance.

“We are a family, so figuring out team chemistry is vital to our success,” Lousch said. “We will continue to improve though. As a captain I plan to make sure of that.”

UMKC was led by Kara Priest who scored the Kangaroos’ first and only goal within the first 10 minutes of the match.

The women’s soccer team finished up the weekend tournament against Missouri State, which also resulted in a draw. The ladies finished third in the tournament, and moved their overall record to 0-2-2.

The Bears struck first with a goal inside 18 minutes of the match. ORU trailed for much of the game until freshman Amanda Dial scored off an assist from Madison Valenzuela.

Things changed when Valenzuela led again, this time with an assist to Kayla Keller.  The Golden Eagles went up 2-1, but after a defensive breakdown, lost the lead a few moments later.

The ladies get back to action tonight on the road against SMU.

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