Panthers Drop Decision To Oklahoma State
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 21, 2012) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fell down 3-0 and were unable to fully come back in falling to Oklahoma State 3-1 in its non-league finale Sunday afternoon at Engelmann Stadium.
The Panthers (5-8-1) saw their three-game winning streak snapped, but never wavered against the Cowgirls (11-4-3) despite facing a three-goal deficit.
"It was a disappointing result, but as usual we played hard and fought to the end," UWM head coach Greg Henschel said. "I was proud of the team for finding a goal at the end of the match. Sammy Vovos, in a really brave moment, had a great finish. I was glad to see the team play through the whole match."
Sammy Vovos got Milwaukee on the board in the 79th minute with her third goal of the season. Kelsey Kochanowski started the play, picking out Sara Stern in the midfield. Stern one-touched a bounding ball into the box, where Vovos was able to get a foot on the ball and send it into the net before colliding with goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.
After playing back and forth with a slight edge to OSU over the first part of the first half, Oklahoma State broke through for the game's first goal in the 37th minute. Kelsey Bass bent a corner kick into the goal at the far post for her first goal of the season.
Vovos very nearly answered just minutes later on a similar play to her goal-scoring run. Some one-touch passing put her free into the box. She beat her defender to the ball, but her outside-footed shot cleared the face of the goal just wide at the far post.
The Cowgirls put in a second goal in the final minute before halftime when Megan Marchesano broke free from the midfield and was able to dribble in on keeper Jamie Forbes 1v1. She calmly finished past Forbes to give the road team a two-goal advantage heading into overtime.
In the second half, OSU pushed their lead to 3-0 in the 50th minute when Carson Michalowski headed in a free kick from Bass.
UWM continued to fight for momentum and nearly got on the board in the 58th minute. Helen Steinhauser booted a free kick on frame, forcing Franch to make a leaping punch save to push the ball over the cross bar.
OSU finished with a 13-8 shot advantage and 7-5 edge in corner kicks. The Cowgirls were also whistled for 17 fouls, compared to 10 by Milwaukee.
The Panthers return to action next Friday, closing out the regular season by hosting Cleveland State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.