Soccer: North Texas falls to Oklahoma State in overtime

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In a wild game befitting two regional soccer powers, it was Oklahoma State that had the answer against North Texas, scoring the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute for a 2-1 win in overtime on Sunday night.

Krissi Killion’s strike for OSU (4-2-3) from 22 yards out ended a contest that featured 52 combined fouls, nine yellow cards and two reds. All 11 cards came out in the second half.

“It was the most physical game that I’ve ever been a part of,” said North Texas forward Rachel Holden.

Holden, the reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, provided the Mean Green (6-3-0) with its only goal in the 65th minute when her toe poke from 10 yards out found the right corner of the net. The goal was the freshman’s 10th of the year, which is just one behind Conference USA leader Danica Roberts of Southern Miss.

“It’s disappointing losing this game in overtime,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “We all thought we had the game won in regulation, but unfortunately the linesman called a foul on Vanessa [Ibewuike, on the scoring play]. Nevertheless, I’m proud of my girls. They battled all night, and the way this game ended really stings.”

With five minutes remaining in the first half, OSU’s Allie Stephenson connected on a shot from the top of the box that found the upper left corner of the net, snapping UNT’s shutout streak at 422 minutes, 62 seconds — the second longest shutout streak in school history.

North Texas begins league play at 7 p.m. Friday against Oral Roberts at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

— From news reports\


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