In what some Drover fans called an 'epic struggle,' the women's soccer team at USAO defeated Mid-America Christian University 3-2 in two overtimes Oct. 2. A large crowd turned out for the game.
Mid-America Evangel Julia Nimal scored early at the 2:44 minute mark to give MACU the lead 1-0. The early goal helped put the pressure on the Drover women as they tried to answer back, outshooting MACU in the first half, 14-5.
As the first 45 minutes of first half wound down, the Drovers would have to change their pace to win the game.
In the second half, at the 71:33 minute marker, Calli Cooper of Norman connected with Gabby Martinez of Oklahoma City who pushed the score to 1-1. The goal helped change the momentum of the second half and gave the Drovers the second wind they were looking for.
Not four minutes later, Brittany Jay of Tulsa found Cooper. Cooper received the ball, laid down a juke move, and shot the ball to score a goal -- which gave the Drovers their first lead of the game.
The Drovers kept the Evangels from scoring until the last minute of regulation. With only seven seconds to play, Evangel Lindsey McKinney had an answer for the Drovers as she scored a goal to tie the game and force overtime play.
In the first of two overtimes, the Drover shot the ball twice and the Evangels once. MACU came up with a big save to help advance the game to its second overtime.
The Drovers shot the ball three times during the last ten minutes of the game -- not allowing the Evangels to shoot the ball. MACU’s goalkeeper Jamie Thatcher came up big with two saves.
With just under two minutes, Taylor Fain of Edmond worked the ball, sending it to Cooper. Cooper, after receiving the perfect pass, broke through a hole between two defenders and blazed the ball pass the goalie for the win at the 108:23 minute marker. The final score was 3-2.
The Drover women's season record goes to 8-2 and 2-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They are at home again Oct. 6 when they take on Southern Nazarene at 2 p.m. The game will be live on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usaolive.