OSU Lands OT Game Winner In Season's Wildest Match
Cowgirls Steal 2-1 OT Win In Game With 52 Total Fouls, 11 Combined Cards
Allison Guderian, shown against Houston Baptist, and NT battled Oklahoma State in a 2-1 loss Sunday.
DENTON, Texas - In a wild game befitting two regional soccer powers, it was Oklahoma State that had the answer against North Texas in the 93rd minute for the game winner in overtime, 2-1.
Krissi Killion's strike for OSU (4-2-3) from 22-yards out ended a contest that featured 52 combined fouls, nine yellow cards and two reds. All 11 cards came out in the second half.
"It was the most physical game that I've ever been a part of," said North Texas forward Rachel Holden.
Holden, the reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, provided the Mean Green (6-3-0) tally in the 65th minute when her toe poke from 10-yards out found the right corner of the net. The strike was the freshman's 10th of the year, which is just one behind Conference USA leader Danica Roberts of Southern Miss.
"It's disappointing losing this game in overtime," said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. "We all thought we had the game won in regulation, but unfortunately the linesman called a foul on Vanessa [Ibewuike, on the potential scoring play]. Nevertheless, I'm proud of my girls. They battled all night, and the way this game ended really stings."
With five minutes remaining on the first half clock, OSU's Allie Stephenson sparked a Cowgirl run that would see North Texas' lengthy shutout streak come to an end. Stephenson connected on a shot from the top of the box that found the upper left corner of the net, which snapped NT's shutout streak at 422:62 - the second longest shutout streak in NT history.
North Texas begins league play next Friday against Roberts and the Golden Eagles at the Mean Green Soccer Complex at 7 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
Rachel Holden scored her 10th goal of the year in the 65th minute. She is now just four goals behind April Bonilla (1996) and Krista Davey (1998) for 10th place on the North Texas single season scoring list.
OSU's 41st minute goal snapped North Texas' shutout streak, which ended at 422:62 - the 2nd longest in NT history. Prior to that goal, North Texas hadn't conceded a goal since Sept. 1 against Virginia Tech.
Last year, OSU knocked off North Texas 3-2 in Stillwater, Okla. The all-time series against the Cowgirls is now tied at 2-2-0.
The loss moves North Texas to 2-1 against Big 12 squads this year. NT knocked off TCU (2-0) and Oklahoma (5-0) earlier this year.
The loss is NT's first at home this season, and just its second at the Mean Green Soccer Complex in the last three seasons. All-time, NT is 60-9-5 since moving to the MGSC in 2006.