Nov. 6, 2010

Courtesy of Oklahoma State

SAN ANTONIO,TX - Kyndall Treadwell's goal just under three minutes into overtime lifted 10th-ranked Oklahoma State to a 3-2 win over Nebraska Friday night at Blossom Soccer Stadium and propelled the Cowgirls into the finals of the Big 12 Conference Soccer Championship for the second-straight year.

OSU, which improved to 17-3-1, will defend its Big 12 tourney title Sunday at noon against Bedlam-rival Oklahoma. The Sooners knocked off top-seeded Texas A&M in overtime in Friday's other semifinal match.

The Cowgirls are 2-0-0 against OU this season and have won seven-straight matches against the Sooners. Sunday's championship match will be televised live on FSN.

"We're obviously excited to be in the final, and the fact that it's OU just makes it a little more exciting," said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. "Having already played them twice, there's a lot of familiarity there, and I expect it to be a great game."

OSU was able to advance by twice overcoming deficits against the Cornhuskers (13-7-1).

"It just speaks to the character of this group," Carmichael said. "A couple of weeks ago, we were behind twice and weren't able to pull them out. We showed a lot of courage and pride to beat a very good Nebraska team.

"Nebraska played a great game and made it a classic. I think anybody watching it would have said, `Wow, what a game!' and I'm just really proud of our kids coming out on top."

Both teams scored in the final nine minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime and set up Treadwell's heroics.

Just 2:49 into overtime, OSU won a corner kick, and Megan Marchesano sent a low pass toward the box that Treadwell was able to flick in with the back of her foot to set off the Cowgirls' celebration.

"It felt great," Treadwell said. "I'm not really strong in the air and not one that's probably going to win one, but (OSU assistant coach) Justin (Elkington) told me to get right in front of No. 2 and right in front of the goalie. That's what I did, and I just flicked it in."

Treadwell's goal was her third of the season, and each of those have been game winners in one-goal wins.

In a frenetic game that was a back-and-forth affair, OSU outshot the third-seeded Huskers 20-13, but NU held leads twice on the night.

OSU earned the match's first good scoring opportunity at the 21:13 mark off a foul by the Cornhuskers, but Whitney Wernimont's straight-on free kick from 22-yards out was saved by NU goalie Tara Macdonald.

Nebraska had a deep scoring chance of its own in the opening half when Colleen Goetzmann blasted a shot from 25-yards out that OSU keep AD Franch dove to her left to deflect away in the 30th minute.

The Huskers took the first lead of the contest with 6:16 remaining in the opening half by converting a penalty kick.

On a long ball downfield, Franch raced across the box and dove to make a play on the ball, but in doing so, the Cowgirl goalie took out the legs of Morgan Marlborough and was whistled for a foul just inside the 18-yard box.

Marlborough would step up and deliver the ensuing penalty kick into the back of the net for her 18th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for NU.

The first half ended with the Huskers clinging to the 1-0 lead in a match that was mostly even in the opening 45 minutes. Both teams recorded five shots before intermission, and each goalie notched a pair of saves.

OSU nearly connected on the equalizer twice in the opening minutes of the second half as both Marchesano and Krista Lopez sent crosses to Taylor Mathews deep in the box. However, on the first, Mathews' shot sailed high over the crossbar before her second opportunity was blocked by a defender.

OSU continued the attack and nearly missed another opportunity with just over 30 minutes remaining when Lopez sent a left-footed shot that carried just inches over the crossbar.

The Cowgirls would finally record the equalizer with 22:30 left when Sarah Brown sent a cross to a streaking Lopez that the junior snuck just inside the near post off the hand of a diving Macdonald. The goal tied the game at 1-1 and was the 13th of the season for Lopez.

After OSU misfired on several shots, Nebraska once again took the lead, this time with just 8:39 remaining in the match. Ari Romero sent a cross into the middle of the box where a waiting Jordan Jackson sent a header from 12-yards out past a diving Franch to give the Huskers a 2-1 advantage.

The furious pace continued as less than two minutes later, OSU had a scoring opportunity on a header of its own. But Lopez' shot was saved by Macdonald to prevent another equalizer.

However, the Cowgirls would get the tying score in the 84th minute. This time, it was OSU being awarded a penalty kick after a foul by NU's Brittany Goosen. And Wernimont would step up for the kick and deliver her third goal of the year to knot the game at 2-2.