Sept. 30, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Bedlam Series was not decided Sunday night at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex as after 110 minutes of action and two overtime periods, No. 17 Oklahoma State had battled rival Oklahoma to a 1-1 draw in front of 1,781 fans.
Trying to avenge a Sept. 7 loss to the Sooners in Norman (a game that was played as a non-conference match), OSU came up short of the win but earned what could be a valuable point in the Big 12 Conference standings as the Cowgirls are now 10-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the league.
OSU All-American goalie AD Franch recorded a career-high 10 saves in the match, including stopping a penalty kick by Renae Cuellar in the first overtime period, in a contest that saw the Sooners outshoot the Cowgirls by a 23-19 margin.
“Honestly, if either team lost, they would have felt hard done by – I felt it was a really tight game that could have gone either way,” said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael, whose squad is now 17-3-3 all time in the Bedlam Series. “It’s Bedlam – it’s very rarely a pretty game. It’s usually a fight and a battle, and both teams got after it.”
OSU took the game’s initial lead in the 38th minute when freshman Delaney Kiely headed a Taylor Mathews’ corner kick into the back of the net for her first-career goal.
“It was tremendous – she’s done it in practice, and we know she’s capable,” said Carmichael of Kiely’s goal. “We told her and Carson (Michalowski) they’re our primary targets for the corner kicks, and credit to Delaney, she attacked the ball; Taylor (Mathews) served a great corner, and Delaney buried it. She stepped up and got it done.”
OU (4-6-4, 0-2-2) controlled the offensive attack in the opening half, owning an 11-4 advantage in shots, with Franch collecting five saves.
Just over a minute into the second half, the Cowgirls avoided the equalizer when Zoe Dickson’s shot was saved off the line by a defender, but the Sooners would convert at the 54:01 mark.
On a free kick, Cuellar sent a short pass to Molly Richey, who sent the ball back to Cuellar for a 20-yard blast that the OU senior delivered to the near post to tie the game at 1-1.
For much of the rest of the half, the Cowgirls were the aggressor offensively. They owned a 13-5 edge on corner kicks in the match, including a 9-0 margin in the second half.
Two of those corners nearly resulted in goals, with Kiely and Michalowski both having headers saved by OU goalie Kelsey Devonshire.
Freshman Allie Stephenson also had a pair of good scoring chances in the final half, one of those a 30-yard blast that a leaping Devonshire knocked away and the other a shot that sailed just wide of the goal.
In the first overtime period, the Cowgirls’ escaped thanks to Franch, who came up with the huge save of Cuellar’s penalty kick at the 96:50 mark after the OU star had been fouled in the box by a defender.
On the PK, Cuellar stepped up and delivered a low shot that Franch had no trouble diving to stop.
“You just try to read body language, then try to react and hope for the best,” Franch said of the save. “Today it went my way. I was already stepping one way, reacted and came up with the save. It came right to me though.”
OSU next travels to Austin, Texas, Friday night to take on Texas as they try and reach the .500 mark in conference play.
“It’s a bitter feeling, but it’s better than a loss,” Franch said of Sunday’s Bedlam outcome. “We can learn from it and go forward and go play Texas now.”