Special to The Sun
Central Oklahoma gave up last-minute goals in regulation and overtime to drop a frustrating 2-1 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association decision to Southwest Baptist Sunday afternoon at Tom Thompson Field.
The Bronchos dominated the first half in taking a 1-0 lead, but it was a different story the rest of the way. UCO’s defense, led by Quinn Tookey, was able to hold on until the Bearcats finally broke through with 2:12 remaining to tie it.
Central wasn’t able to generate any offense in the extra session and SBU got the game-winner just 53 seconds left in the first OT to earn its first-ever win over the Bronchos.
UCO fell to 6-8-1 on the season and 3-4-1 in league play, while the Bearcats improved to 8-5-1 and 5-3.
“It’s very disappointing,” head coach Mike Cook said. “We came out and played well in the first half and should have scored another goal or two, but we didn’t do much in the second half and it ended up costing us.”
The Bronchos outshot SBU 8-2 in the opening 45 minutes, but the Bearcats held a 14-6 advantage after that in a physical contest that saw 21 fouls called.
UCO broke a scoreless tie with 6:38 left in the opening half when Emily Precure ripped a shot from 25 feet out that found the left side of the net. It was the second goal of the season for the sophomore, who fired off three long-distance shots earlier in the game before finally connecting after receiving a short pass from Emily Hahn.
The Bronchos return to action Friday at Northeastern State before finishing the regular season with home games against Washburn (Nov. 1) and Emporia State (Nov. 3).