Stillwater News Press

September 30, 2012

Bedlam soccer plays to 1-1 draw

Oklahoma State unable to get revenge on earlier loss to Bedlam rivals.

By Jason Elmquist
jelmquist@stwnewspress.com

STILLWATER, Okla. — There was no revenge exacted Sunday in the Bedlam rivalry at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

Oklahoma State, looking to avenge a loss in Norman, played Oklahoma to a 1-1 draw in the game that counts toward the Big 12 Conference standings.

"Honestly, if either team lost they would have felt hard done by," OSU coach Colin Carmichael said. "I thought it was a really tight game that could have gone either way."

Despite a second straight slow start, the Cowgirls (10-3-1, 1-2-1 in Big 12) were the first to get on the board when Delaney Kiely headed in a corner kick from Taylor Mathews in the 37th minute.

"I called Carson (Michalowski) off. We kind of go back and forth on who goes front (post) and who goes back," Kiely said. "She usually gets a lot of them, but I felt like I was going to get to that one and it worked out. I just wish I could have gotten to another one."

The Sooners (4-6-4, 0-2-2) were the more aggressive team early with 11 shots in the opening half — compared to just four for the Cowgirls. Oklahoma State picked it up in the second half, however, and outshot Oklahoma 12-7.

Just like in the first 45, it was the team with the few opportunities that came away with a goal in the half. In the 54th minute, Oklahoma's Renae Cuellar buried a 20-yard shot to the near post on an assist from Molly Richey for the equalizer.

Both teams would have their fair share of chances to win the game in regulation, but ultimately the Bedlam battle would go to overtime.

OU had the best opportunity to claim its second win over the Cowgirls this season with three minutes left in the first 10 minute overtime period with a penalty kick.

An Oklahoma State defender was called for dragging an OU player to the ground just inside the box, which set up OU's Renae Cuellar to take the penalty kick to win the match. However, OSU's All-American goalkeeper AD Franch came up with a diving save on a dribbler to her left — to ultimately preserve the draw.

"The PK you just kind of go in and try to read their body language and try to react," said Franch, who finished with 10 saves in the match. "And then hope for the best. Today just went my way."

With the draw OSU moves into a tie with Baylor for fifth with four points in the Big 12 standings. The Sooners remain in seventh, clinching their second point of the conference season.

"We take a point in the Big 12, so it's certainly better than losing," Carmichael said. "That could be a good point for us at the end of the season. But we won't know until the end if it's good or bad."

The Cowgirls will travel to Texas on Friday, while OU will spend its bye week in the Big 12 with a trip to Virginia Tech on Sunday.