STILLWATER â€” Oklahoma State came from behind to beat Oregon State 2-1 on Sunday and advance to its first-ever NCAA Womenâ€™s Soccer Championship Sweet 16 in front of 1,400 fans at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
OSU, a No. 3 national seed, will host Duke later this week in Stillwater in the round of 16. The date and time will be determined later. Duke advanced by beating No. 2 national seed Florida in a penalty-kick shootout Sunday.
â€œIt means so much for this program,â€ OSU coach Colin Carmichael said of advancing to the Sweet 16. â€œWeâ€™ve been so close in the past. Weâ€™ve kind of complained about not being at home and losing so many close games on the road. You can see how hard it was for (Oregon State) to hold the lead. We were just so thankful we got to play in front of our fans. I truly believe that did make a little bit of difference. It maybe gives you that little 10 percent extra that you need. Hopefully, weâ€™ll carry that to next week.â€
Oregon State led 1-0 after Chelsea Buckland netted a goal with five seconds remaining in the opening half. The Cowgirls responded with two second-half goals to win.
OSU trailed for the first 28 minutes of the second half, but with 73:19 remaining Elizabeth DeLozier scored her second goal of the season to tie the game. The game winner came in the 82nd minute, after Krista Lopez drilled a shot that Oregon State goalie Colleen Boyd saved but was unable to grab and Carson Michalowski was there for the putback.
The Cowgirlsâ€™ victory wasnâ€™t secured until OSU goalie AD Franch made a pair of diving saves in the last 3:02 to seal the win.
The Cowgirls improved to 19-3-2 on the season, setting a school record for single-season wins.