Cowgirls Top Missouri State, 3-1
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State got back in the win column Sunday with a 3-1 triumph over Missouri State at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
Courtney Dike scored a pair of goals, while fellow freshman Krissi Killion added another as the Cowgirls improved to 6-3-6. OSU is undefeated in its last five matches with a 2-0-3 mark during that span, and Sunday's game also snapped a string of four-straight overtime games for coach Colin Carmichael's squad.
"We're happy with winning and not playing those extra 20 minutes was awesome — the girls were really excited," Carmichael said. "The win is huge. We've played some good soccer and played so many tough games — and (Missouri State) was good, not a pushover by any stretch — and to get the win, score a few goals and get some confidence back was big for us."
For just the second time this season, OSU netted three goals in a game, and Killion got the scoring started early. Just 3:06 into the match, Dike and Madison Mercado connected on passes ahead, and Killion delivered a shot from eight-yards out. MSU goalie Jessica Perry got a hand on the shot to deflect it, but the ball rolled over the line for Killion's third goal of the season.
Dike would give the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Miriam Rhinehart dribbled the ball near the endline and sent a short cross to OSU's leading scorer, who converted the shot from close range for her 10th goal of the season.
Early in the second half, Dike added to her total as she picked up her 11th goal by tapping in a cross that was deflected by a Bears' defender. Dike's two-goal effort was her third of the season, marking the first time since 2010 that a Cowgirl has had at least three multi-goal games in a season.
The Cowgirls held the 3-0 lead until the 62:30 mark when MSU's Molly Huber converted a penalty kick after OSU was whistled for a foul in the box. The goal was the final one in a match that saw the home team own a 16-5 advantage in shots.
OSU returns to action Friday when the Cowgirls take on Baylor in Waco, Texas, in a match scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
Sooner Soccer Drops 1-0 Decision to Texas
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Oklahoma soccer team fell in a 1-0 decision to Big 12 rival Texas on Sunday afternoon at the Mike A. Myers Soccer Complex. The Sooners (4-11-1, 1-5-0 Big 12) put forth a late-match surge against the Longhorns (11-4-2, 5-1-1 Big 12) but were unable to find the equalizer to send the match to overtime.
"We leave Austin disappointed," coach Matt Potter said. "Consistency of performance and endeavor has been a constant challenge for our group. The manner of the goal that separated the two teams makes it all the more difficult to accept, given the opportunities we had to clear the ball."
Texas posted its lone goal of the match early when Marchelle Davis sent in a header in the 11th minute of play to give the Longhorns a 1-0 lead. Oklahoma continued to get several offensive looks throughout the first half of play, with Abby Hodgen, Rachel Ressler, Paige Jacobs and Shiloh Price all firing off shots for the Sooners. The two squads headed into half with a tied shot margin (4-4).
UT posted 10 shots throughout the second half to challenge the OU defense, but Sooner goalkeeper Kassadie Stade anchored Oklahoma's efforts to prevent the Longhorns from extending their lead. Stade picked up four saves throughout the game, including two in the last 15 minutes of play to maintain OU's hopes of an upset bid.
OU's offense found a rhythm late in the match as the Sooners hunted for an equalizer to send the match to overtime. Price and Madison Saliba fired off a total of three shots on goal in the final four minutes of play, but Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith made saves on all three to keep the Sooners off the board and set the final tally at 1-0 in favor of UT.
"Texas did what it needed to do and we are left to reflect on another hard lesson," Potter said. "We move on to next week and the idea and importance of Senior Day."
OU will host its regular season home finale next Friday night at the OU Soccer Complex, welcoming Big 12 frontrunner West Virginia to Norman. The match is set for a 7 p.m. CT start on Oct. 15, with a live broadcast available through Sooner Sports TV.
Golden Eagles fall in double-overtime at EIU, 2-1
CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois scored with only 48 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to defeat Oral Roberts University 2-1 on Sunday in Charleston, Ill.
The Golden Eagles dropped their first conference match of the season as and fell to 2-1 in the Summit League and 4-6-2 overall. The Panthers earned their first win of the season as they moved to 1-9-2 overall and 1-2-1 in league play.
Sophomore Alex White struck first for the Golden Eagles in the 30th minute scoring from the right side of the box to break a scoreless tie. Edgardo Mira and Tom Adams joined White with a shot on goal each in the match.
In the second stanza, the Panthers tied the game in the 65th minute as Jake Billhart slipped the ball into the net on a pass from the right side by Will Butler.
After a defensive battle in the first overtime, both teams had opportunities in the second extra period as the Golden Eagles were able to get four shots off and the Panthers had three. However, after a foul just outside the box with time running out, Garet Christianson put in a free kick to close the match at 2-1.
Isaac Sandoval (1-1-1) took the loss for ORU as he recorded four saves, while Ben Feltes picked up a pair of saves for the victory.
The Golden Eagles are set for their final non-conference home match on Tuesday night as they host Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. at the Case Soccer Complex.
Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Drops 1-0 Decision to UTEP
Tulsa, Oklahoma – The Tulsa women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to UTEP on Sunday afternoon at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU fell to 9-6-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in Conference USA, while the Miners moved to 10-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the league.
"It was one of those days again," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "I thought we played well and I thought we created chances. We outshot them 11-9, only giving up two chances in the second half to them. We had two goals called back, which was unfortunate, and it seems like when things aren't going your way, they aren't going your way. I think the biggest thing is what we do from here. We are fighting now to get into the playoffs and our girls know that. We feel good about how we are playing, but we have to get the finished product. We have to score goals that count."
Azia Nicholson headed in the lone goal of the contest at the 63:09 mark off an assist from Jade Babcock. Nicholson's goal was her ninth of the season.
Lindsay Kirch led the Golden Hurricane attack with three shots, while Roman Edwards had two attempts. Hayley Harryman logged all 90 minutes between the posts and earned three saves.
Tulsa had an 11-9 lead in shots, while both teams had four shots on goal, and the Hurricane had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Tulsa will return to action on Friday, October 25th against UAB. Game time is set for 7:30 in Birmingham, Ala.
Parsons' header lifts ORU over SHSU, 2-1, in double-overtime
HUNTSVILLE, Texas. – Jordan Parsons scored the golden goal in double-overtime to lift the Oral Roberts University women's soccer team to its third overtime victory of the season as the Golden Eagles defeated Sam Houston State, 2-1.
ORU improved to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in Southland Conference play, while the Bearkats fell to 6-8-1 overall and 4-4 in league play.
The Bearkats struck first in the 49th minute as Shannon Shields scored off the left post from six yards out, following a forward header by Ashley Alonzo.
However, for the second time in as many matches, a Golden Eagle was fouled in the box, setting up a Jennifer Abernathy penalty kick. The senior had no problem converting the attempt, scoring her eighth goal of the season to tie the game with 15 minutes remaining.
In the first overtime period, the Bearkats controlled the ball as they rattled off six shots. Fortunately, the roles reversed in the second OT, setting up the game-winner by Parsons, as the senior placed the header in the net for the goal.
Freshman Tahlor Lyman was credited with the assist on the golden goal.
Parsons finished the match with three shots on goal to lead the Golden Eagles, while Shields had two on target for the Bearkats.
Maddie Rhodes earned her seventh victory of the season as she sent back five Bearkat shots, including a key save in the first overtime period. Her counterpart, Kylie Hambleton, recorded seven saves in the loss.
The Golden Eagles will close the regular season with a three-match conference home stand, starting with Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Friday. On Sunday, ORU hosts Northwestern State at 1 p.m. and close the season with a date against McNeese State on Nov. 1.
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