TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts University men's soccer team will make its fourth appearance in five seasons in the Summit League Men's Soccer Tournament Friday as the two-seed Golden Eagles take on three-seed Western Illinois. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST and played on the campus of the University of Denver.
The Summit League tournament semifinal matches will be broadcast on Altitude 2, streamed live on DenverPioneers.com, and live stats will be available via the DU website as well. The match will be available to watch in the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center on the ORU campus.
ORU (8-7-2, 3-2-1) completed the regular season last Saturday with a 5-0 win over Eastern Illinois at the Case Soccer Complex. The victory clinched a share of the regular season league championship.
The Golden Eagles enter the tournament after winning four of their last five matches, including three straight shutouts to close the regular season schedule.
Redshirt senior Johnny Chavez continues to lead the Golden Eagle attack, scoring three goals in the last two matches, and finishing the regular season with a league-high 10 goals scored. Chavez's 10 goals are the fourth-most in a single-season in program history, and the most season since Dave Leung netted 11 in 2004.
Chavez was named the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week, his first career weekly honor, and goalkeeper Ben LaCourse earned his second weekly honor of the season as he was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
LaCourse hasn't allowed a goal in 282 consecutive minutes, recording three straight shutouts for the Golden Eagles. The senior has five total shutouts this season, the fourth-most in program history.
Western Illinois (8-6-3, 3-2-1) finished its regular season campaign winless in the final four matches, including losses to ORU and Denver to close the season. The Golden Eagles handed the Leathernecks their only home loss with a 2-0 win on November 1.
WIU boasts one of the best defenses in the league, allowing just 14 goals during the regular season. Goalkeeper Yves Dietrich is a key reason for the success of the Leatherneck defense as the senior enters the league tournament with a league-high 86 saves.
WIU leads the all-time series against ORU, 13-8-2. ORU's season has come to an end at the hands of the Leathernecks in the Golden Eagle's last two tournament appearances, including the tournament championship match in 2011.