TULSA, Okla. – With a challenging spring schedule that included a pair of contests against a USLPro team as well as games again the England Select U-21 Team, the Tulsa Athletics and a pair of college teams, the Golden Eagles continued momentum from their 2014 regular season Summit League Championship with a successful spring season.
The Case Soccer Complex lights were bright and shining Tuesday night as the Oral Roberts University men's soccer team's 2015 spring season came to completion. When the final whistle blew, the England Select U-21 Team was the latest victim for the Golden Eagles, as ORU grabbed the 3-0 victory.
Possession of the soccer ball was dominated by ORU throughout the game, resulting in a 2-0 halftime lead. The first goal of the night came from a goalkeeping error for the England Select. In an attempt to clear the ball out of danger, the goalkeeper cleared the ball straight to Colton Haskin, who calmly redirected the ball into the open net at the 26:00 minute mark.
The second goal came 10 minutes later as a flying Matt Rogers scored a spectacular scissor-kick goal on a cross from Alex White. Rogers leaped in the air, turned his body horizontal to the ground, and smashed the ball past the goalkeeper on an ESPN-worthy goal.
Casey Cantor recorded the shutout for the Golden Eagles, while capping the scoring with a penalty kick in the 73rd minute of the contest.
During the spring season, the Golden Eagles also took on the Golden Hurricane, finishing in a 3-3 draw at the University of Tulsa soccer complex April 4.
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.
The result marked consecutive spring seasons in which the crosstown rival contest has ended in a tie. ORU and Tulsa will meet again in a regular season contest September 10th to take place at ONEOK field, home of the Tulsa Roughnecks.
ORU faced the Roughnecks twice in the spring, dropping both contests (2-1, 1-0) to the USLPro team at Holland Hall High School. Both results for ORU vs. the USLPro Soccer team were back and forth contests and great preparation for the Roughnecks in their Inaugural season.
A March 28th date saw ORU take on Oklahoma City University in OKC, as the ORU came out on top 3-1. Early on in the spring season, ORU took on the Tulsa Athletics at the old Drillers stadium, and smashed home 4 goals en route to a 4-1 win for the Golden Eagles.
Head Coach Ryan Bush on the Spring Season: "The guys worked extremely hard this spring. With the level of competition we were playing against, it really afforded us an opportunity to get a look at some guys in different spots. Obviously we have some needs to fill with the loss of a tremendous senior class, but we are excited about with this group has the potential to do next fall."
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