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Mountaineers Fall to Cowgirls in Overtime, 2-1

The West Virginia women’s soccer team fell to Oklahoma State in overtime on Thursday evening even after controlling the ball most of the night, 2-1.

The winning goal for the Cowgirls came one minute and 11 seconds into the lone overtime period as Olyvia Dowell was able to find the back of the net following an assist off the foot of Gabriella Coleman.

Overall on the night, the Mountaineers led in shots and shots on goal toeing 11 and five shots, respectively. While West Virginia forced the four shots on goal, Oklahoma State goalkeeper Evie Vitali made four saves on the night.

It didn’t take long for West Virginia to get on the board as senior midfielder Isabella Sibley footed a shot in from the goal box line 10 minutes into the period for the early lone goal advantage. Sibley’s early goal marked her only shot of the night as it came on goal.

Only a few minutes after the early Sibley goal, junior forward Julianne Vallerand shot a ball at the woodwork of the goal for the near miss on goal and the missed opportunity at a larger lead.

Redshirt senior forward Lauren Segalla then toed the ball at the woodwork yet again 25 minutes into the first period for the second missed goal that hit the top cross bar in the same period. The second period saw the same result for Oklahoma State as Alex Morris missed at the woodwork of the goal six minutes into the second period.

The Cowgirls Hannah Webb was given a number of opportunities at the goal 52 minutes into the match as she toed a pair of shots on goal which were saved by West Virginia goalkeeper Kayza Massey. That was before finally putting the ball in goal on a third attempt.

Mountaineer junior midfielder Maya McCutcheon attempted a shot 16 minutes into the second period that soared wide left before the midfielder placed another shot, this time coming on goal in the bottom center of the net with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.

West Virginia had a number of opportunities to go for the lead in the second period as freshman forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran sent a pair of shots on goal toward the net both near the bottom of the goal which were both saved and kept the score knotted at 1-1 heading into overtime.

McCutcheon led the Mountaineers in shots on goal on the night with three shots while also registering a shot on goal. Webb kicked three shots to lead the Cowgirls in the match in the victory.

The Mountaineers will now wait to hear where they will head to play for their Big 12 tournament as it has finally come to tournament time.  

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