The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles got the best of the Cowgirls Friday night in Stillwater, but Oklahoma State didn't go down without a fight. It took the Seminoles until the second overtime to crush the Cowgirls' hopes with a goal by Emma Koivisto in the 116th minute to seal the 2-1 victory.
"We can't complain. We're disappointed that we lost, but we're happy that we were able to play them tough because they're clearly one of the best teams in the country," OSU coach Colin Carmichael said after the game.
The Cowgirls were the first to strike in the 33rd minute. Miriam Rhinehart scored her first career goal from eight yards away off of Courtney Dike's assist to give Oklahoma State the early lead. As Rhinehart's shot hit the back of the net, the crowd erupted and was loud enough to hear across campus. The Orange Faithful were anxious for an upset, but Florida State's Dagny Brynjarsdottir silenced the crowd in the 81st minute. Brynjarsdottir snuck a shot past an almost invincible Rosa Medina after rebounding Kristin Grubka's blocked attempt.
On a night which had the crowd buzzing about Courtney Dike's return, Medina stole the show. Not only did she hold the second best team in the nation scoreless until late in the second half, the senior ended her night with thirteen saves, the fourth most in a single game in school history. The Seminoles kept Medina on her toes attempting 38 shots, including 21 in the second half, compared to the Cowgirls' five total shots. Medina's highlight of the night came in the 72nd minute. The keeper leaped into the air with her arm stretched high to block a Florida State free kick, which at the time would have given FSU its first goal.
"[Medina] was phenomenal -- Florida State must hate her at this point because she did the same last year against them," Carmichael said. "She did great and when you consider the mistake she made against Oklahoma, it shows the character and the toughness that kid has to come back and have a performance like that; it was quite impressive," Carmichael said.
The Cowgirls will look for their first win on Sunday when they take on No. 5 Florida at Cowgirl Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.