TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's soccer team continued spring play across town Saturday as the Golden Eagles notched a 3-3 draw against the University of Tulsa.
A back-and-forth contest, both teams had opportunities, but it was Matt Rogers who broke through and scored a goal midway through the first half to put ORU up 1-0. Tulsa responded less than two minutes later with the equalizer.
Following several minutes of sustained possession by the Golden Eagles, Rogers again found the back of the net, resulting in a 2-1 advantage for the Golden Eagles as halftime approached. Tulsa came out strong and netted the equalizer just five minutes in, tying the game again, 2-2.
As the contest surged back and forth, ORU again gained the advantage on a goal by Arturo Rodriguez, as the junior carved up the Tulsa defense with several quick give-and-go's leading to a goal. ORU had the opportunity to put the Golden Hurricane away with another great opportunity, but could not connect. With just under two minutes to play, TU was awarded a free kick, won the challenge and found a runner on the back-post, netting the final goal of the game ending the contest at 3-3.
Head Coach Ryan Bush on the game: "Tulsa is a tradition rich program and has done really well. They are coming off of another NCAA Tournament appearance this past fall and we felt like we did more than just play with them. The game started rather slow for us, but we felt like we gained a good rhythm midway through the first half. Matt Rogers always seems to play well against Tulsa and had a tremendous first half with two outstanding goals. I felt like we settled in and controlled much of the game and created some great opportunities. We would have loved to have gotten the win, but this result definitely shows we are moving in the right direction and continuing to take tremendous strides as a program."
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