ADA — The East Central University soccer team picked up a 1-0 shutout win over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Senior Day Saturday at Tiger Field.

The Tigers (3-9-1, 3-5 GAC) were honoring seniors Kylee Corbin, Lexie DeVore, Elizabeth Dodd, Kylee Harper, Lexi Hurley and Taylor Kennedy.

The lone goal of the match came from junior Deanna Rudasill, who also led the team with five shots and three shots on goal. Senior Lexi Hurley earned her second career win and first shutout with six saves.

ECU had a strong offensive and defensive day, earning a 21-15 lead in shots and a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal.

Rudasill tallied the goal for the Tigers at 35:13 in the first half. Alexis Castillo sent a shot down the left side of the field from the center line to Rudasill, who dribbled in and sent the ball in the right corner of the net.

NWOSU (0-14, 0-8 GAC) never quit fighting and had several strong chances to score in the second half, but the ECU defense held strong to earn the 1-0 victory.

The Tigers will now get ready for their final home match of the season (which will end a five-match home stand) at 1 p.m. Thursday against Southern Nazarene.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.