Golden goal keeps Oklahoma State unbeaten

[BIG 12] No. 2 Oklahoma State (19-0-2) remained unbeaten when Kristen Kelley scored with two minutes remaining in overtime to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 win over Texas that moved them into the Big 12 championship for the third straight year. Texas A&M won the other semifinal with a 3-0 win over Missouri.

"It's incredible," Kelley said of the goal, her third and assisted by Miriam Rheinhart. "It's a great feeling to know that when you score it's over, that's the end. It's the most exciting way to go out. It's stressful, but exciting."

Texas (11-8-1) must wait until Monday to learn whether it will get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

"Unfortunately, with the way our sport is run, nobody watches any games," Longhorn coach Chris Petrucelli said. "Everything is based on a computer ranking. If anybody tonight watched our game here, I think you'd say that we're a deserving team. It adds to the disappointment knowing a win would have clinched it for us for sure, but we were two minutes away."

Texas A&M got goals from Merritt Mathias, Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue, the  Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, to beat Mizzou.

Monogue has 18 goals, and Kunz, another freshman, has 13, but Missouri coach Bryan Blitz said the key for the Aggies was Mathias.

“Merritt Mathias is the player that kind of rolls that group,” Blitz said. “That was a big difference. They finished their chances and we didn’t.”

Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications