Allie Stephenson stole the show Friday night at Cowgirl Soccer Complex to help capture Oklahoma State's first win of the season over Cal Poly, 2-1.
Stephenson gave the Cowgirls(1-6-0) the lead in the 21st minute with a 12-yard goal off of Miriam Rhinehart's assist. Cal Poly (2-4-0) went into the locker room trailing at the half, but quickly knotted up the score in the second half. Elise Krieghoff drilled a shot in the 63rd minute to put the Lady Mustangs on the board. After missing a free kick, Krieghoff slipped in the goal after the ball deflected off Oklahoma State defenders.
However, the Cowgirls would not be satisfied with a draw. With 18 minutes remaining Stephenson capitalized on a placekick to score what would be the game-winning goal.
Cal Poly continued to push for a tying goal, but OSU goalkeeper Rosa Medina was a brick wall in the final minutes of the match. Medina added four saves in the final seventeen minutes to her Big 12 leading save total.
"We really needed (a win)," Stephenson told okstate.com after the game. "We worked really hard all preseason and were here all summer, and it showed us that our hard work is paying off. We’ve gone through a lot of adversity this year so far, but hopefully we’ll just go up from here."
The Cowgirls will have another great shot Sunday night for back-to-back wins at home. Tennessee-Martin will come to town to take on Oklahoma State at 1 p.m.