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Remarkable Save Lifts Cowgirl Soccer to Bedlam Win in First Round of Big 12 Tournament

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Oklahoma State held a one-goal lead in the first half when Laurene Tresfield went full scorpion.

Oklahoma sent in a corner kick that Cowgirl goalkeeper Michaela Ongaro got a fist to, but the ball fell right to a Sooner who fired it toward the net. Tresfield, a Cowgirl defender, rushed back to the goal line and lifted her right leg and curled it toward her head.

Miraculously, her move worked, and the ball deflected up and out. Had that shot gone in, OU would have equalized and changed the complexion of the game. Instead, OSU maintained control and went on to beat the Sooners 2-1 in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship.

 

“We felt like we had the game under control,” coach Colin Carmichael told¬†Pistols Firing. “If they had gotten a goal in the first half, you saw what happened when they scored in the second half, it gave them a lot of hopes and a little bit more energy, so it was a huge play in the game for us.”

The Cowgirls struck first in the contest thanks to their top two players. In the 23rd minute, Anna Beffer calmed the ball, looked up into the box and found Haley Woodard, who dropped the ball down and slotted it into the bottom left corner.

 

Before the tournament started, Carmichael said it’s hard to focus up for tournament games again after a long regular season. Scoring the first goal definitely had a relaxing effect on the players, Carmichael said.

“Whoever gets the first goal in that game just gets a lot more confidence,” he said. “… We didn’t feel like we played our best game, but we’ll take the win any day of the week.”

After staving off the Sooners equalizer, OSU earned a corner. Beffer sent it in, and Coumba Sow got her head to it and sent it in for the Cowgirls’ second and what proved to be the game-winner.

 

OU scored within two minutes of the second-half kickoff, but the Cowgirls set in defensively and fought off several last-ditch efforts at goal for the win to move into the semifinals.

Fifth-seeded Baylor is next having beaten No. 4 Texas 2-1. OSU beat the Bears 1-0 during the regular season at home, but Carmichael said Friday’s contest will be an even greater challenge than winning Bedlam for the third time in the same year.

“I would think all these games coming up could be very closely contested,” Carmichael said. “It’s the Big 12. It’s just the way the conference is.”

Kickoff is at 4:30 Friday afternoon from Kansas City, Missouri.

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