AUSTIN, Texas – Oklahoma State captured the Big 12 Conference championship Friday night in the regular season finale at Mike A. Myers Stadium as the 15th-ranked Cowgirls knocked off No. 8 Texas, 1-0, in overtime.
Laurene Tresfield's golden goal at the 99:16 mark gave OSU the title, which marked the sixth conference crown in program history and first since 2011. The Cowgirls have now won three regular season titles, previously earning those in 2008 and 2011; they claimed conference tournament championships in 2003, 2009 and 2010.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Cowgirls, who improved to 15-2-2 overall and finished with an 8-1-0 record in Big 12 play. OSU was picked to finish sixth in a preseason vote of the league's head coaches.
The match saw OSU control much of the play and outshoot the Longhorns (13-2-2, 5-2-2) by a 16-13 margin, including an attempt by Jaci Jones that caromed off the crossbar with just 83 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Cowgirls also recorded a 9-4 advantage on corner kicks, and it was on the final corner kick that OSU claimed the match's lone goal as Anna Beffer delivered a ball into the box that Tresfield headed top shelf to the far post for the score. The goal was Tresfield's second of the season, while Beffer added to her Big 12-best assist total with her 10th of the year.
Michela Ongaro finished with four saves to record her fifth shutout of the season and fourth in conference play.