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Stephenson Kicks Cowgirls Into Big 12 Title Race

Friday night was Bedlam. Need I say more?

Bedlam is a word used to describe a place of noisy uproar, and Cowgirl Soccer Complex was just that Friday night when Oklahoma State and Oklahoma squared off for the second time this season.

After ninety minutes was not enough to decide a winner, Allie Stephenson drilled the game-winning goal from in overtime to give Oklahoma State the 2-1 Bedlam victory on senior night. Stephenson received an opportunity in the 97th minute from eighteen yards away, and nailed the shot into the top left corner in front of a season-high 1,772 fans.

"That's just like my favorite spot to sit, because it always pops out and I always get a chance on it, and then I buried (the shot). Feels really good," Stephenson said.

The Cowgirls struck first in the 35th minute when Delaney Kiely found the back of the net from short range. After a cluster near the goal and multiple shots OSU, Kiely finally capitalized to give her team the lead. Oklahoma didn't answer until the 56th minute with a Lizzie Luallin goal thanks to an assist from Chelsea Jackson. Neither team managed to score the remainder of regulation and now the rest is history.

"Other than it being Bedlam, just everything (fueled the team)," said goalkeeper Rosa Medina." Our crowd, we haven't had that big of a crowd in a long time and I think just we just wanted that revenge so bad. The way we played them the first game was just awful, it was embarrassing honestly and we just wanted to come out and kick their ass. I was trying to get the team hyped, I mean there's not really much need to when it's Bedlam, but we just wanted to prove that we're a different team now and that we could come out and beat these guys."

Stephenson's goal not only gave the Cowgirls bragging rights over their interstate rival, but after a Kansas loss to Texas Tech, OSU now also sits atop the Big 12 conference standings with a 3-1-1 record.

The Jayhawks loss was their first conference blemish of the season, but gave Oklahoma State a one point advantage. Kansas will challenge West Virginia Sunday, who currently sits at third in the standings. A KU win would give the Jayhawks a one point advantage over OSU in the standing, however if West Virginia pulls off the upset, then the Cowgirls and Mountaineers will be tied at the top of the standings. Oklahoma State's next match will be in Morgantown next Friday night, which could decide a Big 12 champion, regarding Texas doesn't upset OSU the following Sunday and both teams win out.

The Big 12 conference officially has a race to the title and Oklahoma State is leading the pack.