Special to The Sun
MARYVILLE, Mo. —
Central Oklahoma and Northwest Missouri traded goals in the final 10 minutes and then neither could score in two overtime periods to finish in a 1-1 draw here Sunday afternoon.
The No. 18-ranked Bronchos broke a scoreless deadlock in the 81st minute, but the Bearcats tied it at the 87:34 mark to force overtime. UCO had three shots in the first extra session and just one in the second in settling for its first tie since 2010.
“We’re disappointed with the tie, especially giving up a goal that late in the game,” head coach Mike Cook said. “We’re still not as consistent as we need to be and that’s something we have to keep working on.”
The Bronchos, who outshot NWMSU 19-13 in the contest, took a 1-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left in regulation when Stephanie Fleig knocked in her fourth goal of the season off an assist by Brittni Walker.
That lead looked like it would hold up, but the Bearcats scored off a corner kick with just under three minutes to play to make it 1-1 and that’s the way it ended.
Meagan Burke ended up with six saves while playing all 110 minutes in goal for UCO.
The Bronchos, now 9-1-1 on the year and 4-0-1 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, return home Friday to host league rival Fort Hays State at 4 p.m.