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Cowgirls blow two-goal lead, draws with OU

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Midfielder Jaci Jones scores the first goal of Bedlam Round one against the University of Oklahoma, at John Crain Field, in Norman OK, on August 29, 2019.

In what will most likely be her last time playing in Norman, Jaci Jones had a game to remember. 

In the first Bedlam matchup of the year between the Oklahoma State soccer team and it’s in-state rival Oklahoma, Jaci Jones gave her team what they had been lacking early in the season, a consistent scorer.

What Jones couldn't give her team, however, was a victory as OSU (1-0-1) drew 2-2. 

Jones got the scoring started in the 26th minute as she shook an OU (2-0-1) defender and placed a powerful strike into the bottom right corner of the Sooners goal. 

Jones later scored off of a broken set piece from Kim Rodriguez, who showed off her touch with a lofted ball over the OU defense. 

OSU coach Colin Carmichael noted how the play showed both skill and determination from two of his most experienced players.

“Kim’s initial ball wasn’t great, it deflected off the wall,” Carmichael said. “Then she showed how good her delivery can be on the second ball and it was fantastic.”

“Kim’s such a good player,” Carmichael said.  “Her dead ball delivery with her left foot is lethal and honestly it was a fifty-fifty (ball) with Jaci and the keeper and I think Jaci just wanted it more.”

Throughout the preseason and in the Cowgirls first three games, they have struggled to find a player to step up with goals. In tonight’s matchup, Jones did just that. 

“We challenged Jaci, we graduated Haley (Woodard) and Marlo (Zoller) last year our two leading scorers and we challenged Jaci,” Carmichael said. “She’s playing high up the field you got to deliver some goals and boy did she.”

“First goal was beautiful technique, second goal was all effort," Carmichael said. "That sums Jaci up. I thought she was immense tonight."

After Jones’s second, things started to fall apart for the Cowgirls.  

In the 76th minute, OU got it’s first goal off of a controversial handball call on Charmé Morgan, which resulted in a converted penalty by Kaylee Dao. 

With three minutes to play in regulation, Dao got her second of the night to force a sudden-death overtime. 

Carmichael said that he thinks his team becoming too reserved led to OU getting back into the game. 

“If we had to do it over again we wouldn’t have sat so deep and maybe come out a little bit,” Carmichael said. “You gotta credit OU they did a good job of pinning us in and not letting us out.”

Twenty minutes later and no goals to show for either side, the first Bedlam matchup of the year ended in a tie.

With this being the Cowgirl’s second game of the season, Jones said that there are positives to take from the game despite the result. 

“I’m not disappointed in our team at all,” Jones said. “We showed a lot. I think it’s one of the most dangerous positions in soccer to be up (2-0) and I think we showed a lot. Yeah second half we didn’t play as well as we did in the first half, but we showed a lot in overtime and we got out with a tie. It’s hard to come here and get out with a tie. We learned a lot about our team tonight.”

For goalkeeper Dani Greenlee, who came in at halftime in lieu of starter Hannah Warner, Jones’ leadership kept the team from giving up. 

“She’s been a captain since sophomore year,” Greenlee said. “She’s always been in that leadership position and I think her fight, altogether, we needed more of that today. I think our fight was there, but she had the most on the field. No doubt.”

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