OSU becomes just the second team in Big 12 Conference history to make back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances, joining Texas A&M, who achieved the feat in 2001 and 2002. Overall, Oklahoma State is the seventh Conference team to advance past the third round of the NCAA Championship.
Now the tournament's No. 1 overall national seed awaits OSU. The Cardinal is the lone unbeaten team in the NCAA this season with a 22-0-1 record. In its three NCAA Championship matches, Stanford has yet to allow a goal with shutout wins over Montana, South Carolina and Boston College. Currently, the Cardinal has a 49-match home winning streak, as well as a 53-match unbeaten streak.
To advance to the Elite Eight, Oklahoma State (22-1-2) got a goal from Annika Niemeier early in the contest and then had its defense record the 18th shutout of the season to secure the victory over Maryland on Sunday. The score came just 3:56 into the match as Niemeier took a pass from Colleen Dougherty, turned on her defender and sent a shot to the far post past the Maryland goalie.
It is the 11th time this season that the Cowgirls have won by a 1-0 margin, while OSU goalkeeper AD Franch set a school record with her 12th shutout of the year, besting her own record of 11 set in 2009.
OSU had previously knocked off Illinois (1-0) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-1) to setup the match against the Terrapins.
With a win against the Cardinal, Oklahoma State would become the first Big 12 team to advance to The College Cup, which is set for Dec. 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga.NCAA Championship Results - Third Round
Sunday, Nov. 20
(2) Oklahoma State 1, Maryland 0
NCAA Championship Schedule - Quarterfinal Round
Friday, Nov. 25
(2) Oklahoma State at (1) Standford - 9 p.m. (CT)