TULSA, Okla. – The Golden Eagles women's soccer team continues its home stand playing host to South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m.
ORU 3-6-2 (0-0-1) vs. SDSU 9-3-0 (1-0-0)
Case Soccer Complex | Tulsa, Okla.
Projected Weather | Scattered Thunderstorms, 66°, 77% Humidity, 55% Precipitation
SCOUTING THE JACKRABBITS
South Dakota State is riding a seven-game winning streak dating back to Sept. 6. Brock Thompson is in his third season leading the Jackrabbits with an overall record of 32-14-4. SDSU has posted nine shutouts on the year, while keeper Maggie Smither has 54 saves in 963-plus minutes with a 0.37 goals against average. The senior is the two-time reigning Summit League Goalkeeper of the year and holds the school's shutout record with 27. The Jackrabbits offense is paced by senior forward Leah Manuleleua, she leads the team in shots (45), shots on goal (19) and goals (7). Manuleleua ranks second in The Summit in points (16) and goals (7).
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Oral Roberts is 1-10-1 all-time against the Jackrabbits, including a 1-1-0 record at home. ORU has gone 0-4-1 in the last five outings.
LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Eagles opened Summit League action with a two-overtime draw, 1-1, to Denver on Oct. 6 at the Case Soccer Complex.
PLAYING AMONGST THE BEST
After playing a non-conference schedule that featured matchups with five opponents ranked in the top-100 RPI and one that is currently ranked in the top-25 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Golden Eagles are now faced with opening Summit League action with preseason favorites. ORU tied Denver, 1-1, the No. 1 preseason favorite, South Dakota State was picked to finish No. 2 and on Oct. 13 the Golden Eagles will take on No. 3 North Dakota State. The three teams are a combined 2-0-1 in Summit League play.
Five Golden Eagles rank in the top-11 in points in The Summit, the most of any other team in the league. Drishana Pillay leads the team with 11 points, followed by Martha Helsee and Shayla Padilla with 10. Forwards, Mia Kitterman and Jordan Langebartels each have nine a piece.
MISTER ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD
Head Coach Roger Bush is back for his seventh season leading the Golden Eagles, after six seasons Bush has a 58-57-10 record at ORU. Bush holds a 3-3-0 all-time record when coaching against the Denver Pioneers. Student-athletes under Bush have earned 26 all-conference honors, 13 player of the week awards and two have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Bush was named the 2016 Summit League Women's Coach of the Year.
SUMMIT LEAGUE PRESEASON OUTLOOK
A year after finishing 3-5-0 in league play, the Golden Eagles were picked to finish seventh in the 2019 Summit League Preseason Coaches' Poll. Senior midfielder Jordan Langenbartels was one of 13 athletes named to the The Summit League Players to Watch List, Langenbartels led the Golden Eagles with career-highs in goals (7) and points (18) despite only appearing in 15 of 20 matches. Cheyenne Shorts were named to The Summit League Players to Watch List.
SUMMIT LEAGUE CURRENT OUTLOOK
With just a week into Summit League action Western Illinois sits atop the standings at 2-0, followed by South Dakota State and North Dakota State at 1-0. Zoe Clarke leads the conference with three points, while goalkeeper Emma Harkleroad of South Dakota leads The Summit with 12 saves.
A SHIFT IN THE SUMMIT
On June 20, 2019, Summit League commissioner Tom Douple announced the addition of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Roos are set to join the league on July 1, 2020. A second shift came on August 6, 2019, when Purdue Fort Wayne announced that the Mastodons' final year of competition as a league member will be the 2019-20 academic year. Most recently, The Summit League extended an invitation to the University of St. Thomas. St. Thomas, a current Division III university located in Saint Paul, Minn., has applied for a waiver to make the direct leap from Division III to Division I. If granted, St. Thomas would begin to compete in the Summit League as early as 2021.
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