NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma State suffered its first loss to Bedlam-rival Oklahoma in seven years as the third-ranked Cowgirls dropped a 1-0 contest to the Sooners Friday night at John Crain Field.
Renae Cuellar’s goal in the 67th minute was the difference as OSU lost its first game of the season to fall to 6-1-0, while OU improved to 4-2-1
The Cowgirls are now 17-3-2 all time against OU, with the Sooners’ other wins coming in 2001 and 2005. OSU had been 10-0-1 in the previous 11 matches in the series.
OSU outshot the home team, 20-9, including a 14-3 margin in the final half, and also owned a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks in the contest.
“You’ve got to give credit to the Oklahoma kids – they played really hard,” said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. “Once they got the lead, they really sat in and defended it well and made it tough for us to break down. But from our perspective, if you create 20 shots on goal, you’ve got to score one. That’s where we’re disappointed. We outshot them 14-3 in the second half, and you would hope to get a goal out of that. But we didn’t.
“That’s soccer for you. Some days you get outshot and win the game, that’s just how it goes sometime.”
OSU’s onslaught of scoring opportunities culminated with their final shot, which came with 30 seconds remaining when, off a corner kick, Kendra Boydstun drilled a shot from five-yards out that caromed off the crossbar.
That was one of a number of near misses for OSU on the night.
Early in the second half, the Cowgirls caught OU’s Kelsey Devonshire out of position. The Sooner goalie tried to clear the ball but miskicked it, and Megan Marchesano couldn’t take advantage of the open net as she failed to get enough power on her shot with a defender in pursuit.
OSU All-American goalie AD Franch had four saves in the match, including a pair of diving saves in the opening half, but she couldn’t stop Cuellar’s shot from 13-yards out at the 66:07 mark as the Sooner forward beat the defense and sent her shot to the right post for her fifth goal of the year.
Less than two minutes later, OSU was primed for the equalizer but, off a free kick, Allie Stephenson sent a shot wide.
In the opening half, both teams attempted six shots and recorded three saves. Franch had a diving save in the 24th minute that stopped the shot of Samantha Hall, and the Sooners also had a shot by Annalisa Hall that glanced off the crossbar.
The Cowgirls’ best scoring attempt prior to intermission came with just over six minutes remaining when Devonshire raced out 15 yards off the line to go after a loose ball but failed to control it. Madison Mercado gained possession for OSU, but her shot sailed over the crossbar.
“You look at it and say it’s just one loss,” Carmichael said. “We’ve had quite a lot of success in the Bedlam series, and tonight was their night. Credit to them. Now we just move on. We can’t pout about it. You have to bounce back on Sunday against a good Rice team.”
OSU returns to action Sunday at noon when the Cowgirls host Rice.