The Thunderbirds (4-9-1, 1-5 Summit League) outshot the Golden Eagles (8-6-1, 3-2-1 Summit League) 13-12 overall and 8-3 in the second half. The match saw Southern Utah whistled for 13 fouls and issued three yellow cards after coming into the match with the second fewest fouls in the conference.
Oral Roberts took advantage of a great bounce to take a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. An ORU player took a shot but it hit the post and rebound went right to the Golden Eagles who kicked in the rebound. Less than two minutes later, ORU added another goal to make it a two-goal advantage.
SUU put together a number of attacks in the second half but Oral Roberts keeper Amanda Wheeler made a couple saves to keep the Thunderbirds off the board. Freshman forward Sabrina Hernandez had consecutive shots stopped by Wheeler in the opening minutes of the second period. Another SUU scoring threat just missed as freshman midfielder Kally Barker’s header off of junior midfielder Riley Bassett’s corner kick sailed high of goal.
SUU redshirt-sophomore keeper Charly Booth made three saves while Bassett took a team-high three shots.
The Thunderbirds will play their final road match of the season on Sunday, facing Centenary College at 11:00AM(MST) in Shreveport, Louisiana.