Soccer eliminated from Big 12 tournament

Sara Beth Purdy

 They put up a valiant fight, but ultimately the Longhorns fell to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship Tournament. Texas took the No. 2 team in the country through two overtimes before a late shot from the Cowgirls prevented the Longhorns from advancing to the final round.

The loss pushes Texas to 11-8-1 on the season and 3-5-1 in conference play. Earlier this season, the Longhorns drew with the Cowgirls 1-1 in Stillwater after two overtimes proved not enough to sever the tie.

Both teams were almost even in shots taken during regulation time. After 90 minutes of play with the score tied 0-0, the game went into overtime. During the first overtime, the Cowgirls took five shots on goal to the Longhorn’s zero, but the Longhorn defense was able to push the game into a sudden death second overtime.

With two minutes left in the second overtime, junior goalkeeper Alexa Gaul missed a shot by Oklahoma State’s Kristen Kelley that ended the game.

Oklahoma State faced Texas A&M Sunday evening in the final round of the tournament.

The Longhorns hope their post-season efforts and regular season record will earn them a spot in the NCAA post-season tournament. Selection for the tournament is this evening.

Printed on Monday, November 7, 2011 as: Texas falls to Oklahoma State in Big 12 semifinals