TULSA, Okla. – The Golden Eagles women's soccer team will host North Dakota State Bison on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 12:00 p.m., to finish off a six-game home stand.
ORU 3-7-2 (0-1-1) vs. NDSU 6-5-1 (1-1-0)
Case Soccer Complex | Tulsa, Okla.
Projected Weather | Sunny, 63°, 42% Humidity, 0% Precipitation
SCOUTING THE BISON
North Dakota State enters the match coming off a 1-0 loss to Omaha on Oct. 10 and are currently 2-3-0 in its last five matches. Mike Regan is in his second season leads the Bison with an overall record of 15-12-1, including a 7-3-0 record in Summit League action. Senior forward Elyse Huber leads Bison attack in multiple offensive categories including shots (49), shots on goal (28), points (21) and goals (10). As a team NDSU has outscored its opponents 17-14 and has a .434 shots on goal percentage. On the defensive side, senior Monica Polgar has started and played every minute of all 12 games between the pipes. Polgar leads The Summit in saves with 81 and is fourth with a .853 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Oral Roberts has an all-time record of 2-8-1 against North Dakota State. The Golden Eagles last defeated the Bison, 2-0, in 2016 on Nov. 3 in the Summit League semifinal match. Lexi Jones and Brittney Lawrence each netted goals for ORU, while Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl recorded 10 saves in the shutout. ORU has dropped the last eight of nine meetings and is 0-3-1 when hosting at the Case Soccer Complex.
LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Eagles came up short in a 1-0 loss to South Dakota State on Oct. 10 at the Case Soccer Complex. The two teams battled through a near two and a half hour lightning delay that also included blistering winds, wet field conditions in 45-degree weather. Leah Manuleleua of SDSU netted the only goal in the match. Freshman keeper Allison Austin recorded five saves, while Gabrielle Abbey and Brooklyn Eardley each played the full 90 minutes.
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, lost to South Dakota State, 1-0, who was picked to finish No. 2 and now will face No. 3 North Dakota State. The three teams are a combined 4-1-1 in Summit League play.
MISTER ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD
Head Coach Roger Bush is back for his seventh season leading the Golden Eagles, after six seasons Bush has a 59-60-11 record at ORU. 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.
SUMMIT LEAGUE CURRENT OUTLOOK
South Dakota State (2-0-0) and Denver (1-0-1) are the lone undefeated teams remaining in The Summit. The Jackrabbits have scored four goals, while pitching two shutouts. Huber of NDSU leads the league with eight shots in two matches, while Lorah Pund of Purdue Fort Wayne leads The Summit with 19 saves at a .864 save percentage.
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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