It took more than 109 minutes, but No. 6 Oklahoma State successfully defended its home pitch against No. 4 West Virginia on Friday night with a 2-1 win against the Mountaineers in double overtime.
WVU (2-1) outshot the Cowgirls (3-0) six to three in the first half, but the match remained scoreless after the first 45 minutes. The first goal of the night came in the 51st minute off the foot of Oklahoma State forward Gabriella Coleman.
Coleman beat a WVU defender on a breakaway and was able to put a crossing shot past Mountaineer goalkeeper Maddie Murphy for the 1-0 lead.
— OSU Cowgirl Soccer (@CowgirlFC) September 26, 2020
The lead would hold for 25 minutes until WVU’s Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel scored her second goal of the 2020 season in the 75th minute to tie the game at one-all. The Cowgirls had chances to take the lead back, getting three corners and three shots in the second half, but the 1-1 tie would last into the first overtime period.
Each squad got two shots off in the first overtime, but neither could score a the winning goal. The second period played more towards OSU’s favor, as the Cowgirls had two more corners and got off three shots and WVU mustered zero of each.
It was looking like no goal would come in the second overtime either, until Olyvia Dowell scored OSU’s golden goal with 24 seconds left to play.
Ferrer-vanGinkle finished with WVU’s only goal and four shots and Murphy finished with five saves and the two goals allowed.
WVU will return home to host the Texas Longhorns at Dick Dlesk Stadium on Oct. 2.