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Cowgirl soccer tallies first loss of season

OSU soccer vs. Lamar

Kirsten Siragusa makes a break down the field during a soccer game vs. Lamar on August 24, 2018, at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater. (DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER/O'COLLY)

In its first road test of the season, the Oklahoma State women’s soccer team couldn’t keep its undefeated season alive.

Illinois defeated OSU 2-1 on Friday night in Champaign, Illinois, handing the Cowgirls their first loss of the year.

Coming off of three straight victories at Neal Patterson Stadium, including a match against top-five opponent Florida, OSU (3-1-0) looked to continue its winning ways on the road.

The Cowgirls got on the board first with junior Julia Lenhardt scoring off a cross from Kim Rodriguez, squeaking in the goal with only one second left in the first half.

At the half, the Cowgirls made their routine swap at goalkeeper, putting in sophomore Dani Greenlee to replace redshirt freshman Hannah Warner, who didn’t allow a goal in the first frame.

But OSU couldn’t keep up in the second half.

Illinois’ Hope Breslin scored the equalizer in the 66th minute. Then with less than five minutes left in the match, Arianna Veland put in the game winner for the Fighting Illini.

The Cowgirls will look to get back in the win column Sunday as they travel north to Chicago to take on Loyola.

sports.ed@ocolly.com