Oct. 12, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. - The No. 16 University of Missouri women's soccer team (9-4-0, 4-2-0) lost 3-2 in overtime to No. 12 Oklahoma State (12-1-1, 3-1-1) on Sunday. Sophomore Alysha Bonnick and junior Kristin Andrighetto each scored their team-best sixth goals of the season to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead at halftime, but the Cowgirls fought back with three unanswered goals, the game winner coming 1:27 into the first overtime period.
Missouri jumped to an early lead in the 13th minute. Stealing the ball off a Cowgirls' throw-in deep in their own end, junior Michelle Collins worked the ball into Andrighetto who poked a pass to Bonnick at the top of the box. The striker turned and struck a low shot to the right side to open the scoring.
On a windy day at Cowgirls Soccer Complex, Andrighetto capitalized on the gusty conditions as she scored from long range less than three minutes later. Collins laid the ball off to Andrighetto, whose shot from 25 yards out went through the hands of OSU goalkeeper Erin Stigler and into the net.
The Tigers nearly stretched their lead to three in the 29th minute, but freshman Kendra Collin's lofted shot from the right side of the penalty area was tipped by Stigler before hitting the post and bouncing back into play.
Oklahoma State cut the Missouri lead in half in the 55th minute, on a goal by junior Siera Strawser. OSU senior Yolanda Odenyo beat the Tigers' defense to the endline and played a ball back to Strawser, whose first time shot from eight yards out went inside the far post.
Odenyo was the key figure again for the Cowgirls as they equalized in the 71st minute. Sophomore Annika Niemeier crossed the ball to Odenyo who redirected it in for her conference-leading 11th goal of the season.
Odenyo nearly scored her second in the 79th minute, but her shot went narrowly wide after working her way past the Missouri defense. Two minutes later, Dittamore was forced to make a diving save on a shot by Strawser. OSU kept up the pressure as junior Kasey Langdon was the next Cowgirl forward to test Dittamore, but was denied twice in the closing minutes from close range. Dittamore finished with seven saves in the match, having faced 22 shots from a Cowgirls' offense ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Once in overtime, Oklahoma State scored on their first shot - placed into the top, right corner by sophomore striker Katie Richardson.
The loss marks the second consecutive season the Cowgirls bested Missouri in overtime, after a 2-1 scoreline in Columbia last season. Oklahoma State improved to 8-0-0 at home this season.
Missouri returns to action on Friday against the Francis Marion Patriots before travelling to play at No. 8 Texas A&M on Sunday.
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