Nov. 7, 2010

Courtesy of Big 12 Athletics

SAN ANTONIO - Krista Lopez knocked in the deciding kick as the Oklahoma State Cowgirls won their second-straight Big 12 Soccer Championship on Sunday, 5-4, on penalty kicks over rival Oklahoma at Blossom Soccer Stadium. The teams played to a 1-1 tie through two overtimes.

Adrianna Franch made the only save during the free-kick round when she went low and to her right to stop OUs Jordan White on the Sooners' third penaly kick chance.

Its only the second time penalty kicks have been needed to decide the final game. Texas won 5-4 on kicks against Colorado following a 1-1 game four years ago.

Second-seeded Oklahoma State (17-3-2, 8-2-0 and ranked No. 11 nationally) leads this series 14-3-1 and has won the last eight games between the teams.

Fourth-seeded Oklahoma (11-8-3, 5-4-1) will wait until Monday to find out if the Sooners get a bid into the NCAA Tournament. OSU has an automatic bid.

Oklahoma is unranked, but the Sooners defeated ranked Texas (21st) and Teaas A&M (6th) in San Antonio.

The Cowgirls became the first team this tournament to figure out Oklahoma goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire. A sophomore from North Richland Hills, Texas, Devonshire was in goal for shutouts over Texas and Texas A&M in the Sooners first two games of the tournament.

She went almost 250 minutes in the tournament before one got past her. When Kyndall Treadwell scored with 20 minutes left in the game, it tied the score 1-1.

Devonshire came out of goal and went after a ball past the penalty box, but she collided with one of her own defenders. It left Treadwell, who scored the game-winner in the semifinals against Nebraska, to gather up a loose ball and kick it into an open net.

The Sooners got on the scoreboard just two minutes into the game when it appeared the Cowgirls fell asleep with the ball deep in their own zone.

A loose ball was heading toward the end line with only OU forward Caitlin Mooney in pursuit. She hustled it down and passed back in front of the goal to Annalisa Hall about five yards in front of the goal. Hall had time to foot it in low and to the right of OSU goalkeeper Adrianna Franch toward the post for a surprising 1-0 OU lead.

Hall, a freshman midfielder from Friendswood, Texas, scored her first collegiate goal.

All-Tournament Team

GK Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State

D Melinda Mercado, Oklahoma State

D Lauren Alkek, Oklahoma

D Alyssa Mautz, Texas A&M

MF Dria Hampton, Oklahoma

MF Rachel Shipley, Texas A&M

MF Kristen Kelly, Oklahoma State

F Morgan Marlborough, Nebraska

F Krista Lopez, Oklahoma State

F Whitney Palmer, Oklahoma

F Jordan Jackson, Nebraska

Offensive Most Valuable Player

Morgan Marlborough, Nebraska

Defensive Most Valuable Player

Melinda Mercado, Oklahoma State