Oklahoma State upsets #1 seed Mizzou in women's soccer
By Keith Fletcher
Producer, Big 12 Showcase
Fifth-seeded OSU knocked of top-seeded and regular-season Big 12 champion Missouri in the first semifinal, 3-2. O-State scored the only goal of the game's first 70 minutes before both teams went on a scoring frenzy in the second half where four goals were scored in a 10-minute span.
Mizzou got a goal on a beautifully headed cross from Kelsey Blincow, followed shortly by Kristin Andrighetto's bullet free kick from the top of the box. OSU's lead had evaporated in a mere 5 minutes and 12 seconds.
And it took all of 72 seconds for the Cowgirls to knot the game back up. Siera Strawser headed in Colleen Dougherty's free kick, as Strawser accounted for both OSU goals, her fifth and sixth of 2009.
In the game's 80th minute, Oklahoma State ran a play for the how-to reel. Forward Kyndall Treadwell artfully threaded a pass to the right of the box for Kasey Langdon, who gave a one-touch center to the back post where Annika Niemeier waited with a cocked right leg - smashing a ball off the mits of MU goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore and into the twine for her team-leading 11th goal of the season, and what turned out to be the game-winner.
"The game was played at (Missouri's) tempo and style, which we talked about we really didn't want to do. So to pull out that victory, kind of the way they wanted the game to go, was even bigger for us," said OSU's 5th-year head coach Colin Carmichael.
OSU will make just its second-ever appearance in a Big 12 title match, and first since 2003 when the Cowgirls reached as a #8-seed and were knocked off, oddly enough, by Missouri, a #7-seed.
"We'll be excited to play (Texas A&M) on live national TV and hopefully we can continue our season and get into the NCAA Tournament," Carmichael said.