Going into Thursday’s match with TCU, Oklahoma State soccer had its work cut out but couldn’t deliver in the end.
The Cowgirls suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Horned Frogs at Neal Patterson Stadium but were either a victory or a draw away from locking up the eighth and final position in the Big 12 tournament thanks to their strong start to the season before the game.
The Cowgirls could have maintained a record advantage against ninth-place Iowa State, the team that beat OSU 2-0 on Sunday and held a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage against the Cowgirls. But if ISU won and OSU lost, the Cowgirls would see their season end. Unfortunately for coach Colin Carmichael and OSU, the Cyclones claimed eighth place after pulling out a 1-0 victory against Kansas State on Thursday.
“Any time the season ends, it’s always sad,” Carmichael said. “You’re losing some great seniors, and you just hate it for your kids, and to end like this when things were going so well earlier in the year just makes it tough.”
A timeline shows the crazy scenarios Thursday night in the Big 12 soccer scene:
All 10 Big 12 schools kick off in conference games: TCU vs. Oklahoma State, Kansas State vs. Iowa State, Texas vs. Texas Tech, Oklahoma vs. Baylor and Kansas vs. West Virginia.
OSU’s Grace Yochum scores to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead. ISU and K-State are still scoreless in their game, meaning OSU is in the Big 12 tournament.
Halftime arrives in Stillwater with OSU leading 1-0 and ISU still locked in a scoreless draw.
TCU’s Kayla Hill scores to tie the game at Neal Patterson Stadium. OSU is still qualified for the Big 12 tournament regardless of the ISU result.
The Cyclones score, making it 1-0 in their game. OSU now has to win or draw to qualify.
The Cowgirls fall behind 2-1 on a goal off a TCU corner kick with 19 minutes left in the contest. As the situation stands, OSU is in ninth place and will not go to Kansas City.
OSU’s Rachel VanFossen scores off a free kick from Kimberly Rodriguez with 13 minutes left. OSU is now qualified for the Big 12 tournament, despite ISU leading K-State 1-0 with two minutes left in its game.
The Cyclones win 1-0. OSU must at least hold the 2-2 result against TCU to claim the final spot in the Big 12 tournament.
TCU scores to regain the lead for a second time and holds a 3-2 advantage. If the Cowgirls can get one goal back and draw, they will go to Kansas City as the eighth and final team at the Big 12 tournament. If they can’t, their season will likely end.
Despite a valiant effort, OSU falls to TCU 3-2 and finishes in ninth place in the Big 12 standings. The Cowgirls’ six-game losing streak to end the year comes after a 10-1-1 start to the year.