Stillwater News Press

September 7, 2013

Cowgirls draw with No. 2 Florida State

By NewsPress Staff
Stillwater NewsPress

TALLAHASSE, Fla. — Oklahoma State snapped Florida State’s 21-game home winning streak Friday night as the Cowgirls battled to a 1-1 draw against the second-ranked Seminoles at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

With the result, OSU is now 3-0-2 on the season, while FSU stands at 4-0-1. The Noles’ last non-win on their home field was a 3-0 loss to Maryland on Oct. 13, 2011.

The Cowgirls nearly pulled off the upset, but after clinging to a one-goal lead throughout most of the second half, OSU gave up the equalizer with just 69 seconds remaining in regulation.

“I’m very proud of our young team — they showed so much character and heart,” said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. “Those are the things I don’t know about this group yet. When you’ve got a young team, you don’t know much about them character-wise, but they showed a lot of fight to hang in there.

“Giving up the goal late was crushing — they were really down when we went into overtime. But the way they battled in overtime after giving up that goal? It would have been easier to quit; it would have been easier to just give up a goal in overtime and lose. But they didn’t do that. They showed me a lot.”

FSU controlled the attack in the opening half, outshooting the Cowgirls by a 14-2 margin. But goalie Rosa Medina collected a pair of saves, and in the 38th minute, she got some help from defender Lauren Reyes. On a shot from eight yards by Anna McClung, a diving Medina was able to get a hand on the ball, and Reyes saved the deflection off the line.

After the scoreless first half, OSU needed just over seven minutes to get on the scoreboard following intermission.

And once again it was freshman Courtney Dike providing the scoring as she beat an FSU defender and then delivered a shot from 18 yards to the top of the far post. The goal was the sixth of the season for Dike and only the second the Seminoles have given up this season.

Despite FSU’s continued pressure, OSU held onto the lead with standout defense, including another save off the line by Reyes on a header by Kristin Grubka from 10 yards at the 84:20 mark.

But with the seconds ticking down, the Seminoles finally got the equalizer. After a thrown in, FSU goalie Kelsey Wys delivered a ball into the box. Dagny Brynjarsdottir sent a header toward the goal, and Jamie Fields flicked a header into the back of the net to tie the score with 88:51 left in regulation.

In the first overtime period, Dike nearly notched a game winner as she collected a long pass and gained a step on two FSU defenders just inside the 18-yard box. But a charging Wys snuffed out the play, deflecting Dike’s 12-yard shot to keep the tie intact.

Florida State finished with a 31-7 advantage in shots but only nine of those were on goal as Medina finished with six saves and the Cowgirls recorded a pair of team saves. The Seminoles also owned a slight 8-6 advantage on corner kicks.

“(FSU) had their opportunities without question,” Carmichael said. “We talked before the game about when you play the No. 2 team in the country on the road with a young team, Rosa (Medina) has to make four or five big plays — she did it. You have to hope they miss four or five chances — they did that. And you have to capitalize on your chances, and we did — we scored one. All the things that needed to go right for us did.

“Florida State is one of the best teams in the country, and we had a chance to win. For us to come out without a defeat is a very positive result for us.”

OSU returns to action Sunday at No. 10 Florida. Kickoff is set for noon (CST).