SMU's last second heroics stun Oklahoma State

Soccer

Jaci Jones runs down the field during the Oklahoma State vs. Saint Louis match on Sunday September 08, 2019 at Neil Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, OK.

Ten seconds left. The Oklahoma State soccer team clings to a one-goal lead against SMU. The Mustangs have the ball at midfield.

Five seconds left. The Mustangs near the Cowgirls' penalty box. The countdown blares from the Neal Patterson Stadium speakers.

Three seconds left. Isabelle Nashmi, an SMU midfielder, strikes the ball in one last desperate attempt. Many of the 631 fans in attendance held their breaths.

One second left. The ball nestles in the top right corner past OSU goalkeeper Dani Greenlee. The Cowgirls blow their second two-goal lead this season.

Although the game finished as a draw at 2 on Sunday, OSU coach Colin Carmichael said it felt like a loss.

“We gave up a late goal again to give up a two-goal lead, which is not pleasing to us,” Carmichael said. “You’re never happy when you give up a late lead like that.”

This is not the first time the No. 25 Cowgirls failed to record a win when leading by two goals.

Earlier this season, OSU (7-0-2) drew Bedlam rivals Oklahoma after it gave up a two-goal lead.

Prior to this season, the last time the Cowgirls blew a two-goal lead was in 2016 against Central Florida. 

Sunday’s game went well for the Cowgirls before the final minutes. In the 36th minute, OSU defender Kim Rodriguez received the ball at the top of the box off of a set-piece and fired it in for the opening goal. A slight deflection proved to be too much for Mustang goalkeeper Tatum Sutherland.

Five minutes into the second half, Charmé Morgan delivered a cross over Sutherland’s outstretched hands to the waiting head of Grace Yochum, who nodded it into the open net. Yochum, who has scored five goals in her past five games, said winning is the main focus.

“If I have to score, I’ll score, but whoever scores and we win games, I’m all for it,” Yochum said.

A goal from SMU midfielder Celiana Torres in the 59th minute and Nashmi’s 90th-minute equalizer denied Yochum and the Cowgirls of a victory. OSU senior forward Jaci Jones said there are positives to take away from the match.

“We’re still unbeaten, and if you had told me at the beginning of the season we would go the first part of the season before Big 12 play unbeaten, I would have been like, ‘Wow, we’re pretty good,’” Jones said.

With the draw to SMU, the Cowgirls remain undefeated after nonconference play. It was a feat few expected going into the 2019 season. If OSU wants to remain unbeaten, then mistakes like the draw to SMU can’t happen.

The Cowgirls travel to Lubbock, Texas, to play a strong Texas Tech side Thursday.

Yochum said the shocking tie to SMU might have been what OSU needed.

“This was kind of a wake-up call," Yochum said. "We’ve been getting a lot of press, a lot of recognition, and maybe this was the wake-up call we needed. Like, all right, here we go, Big 12 play."

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