Oklahoma State pushed No. 1 overall national seed Stanford to extra time, but in the end the Cardinal walked away with a 2-1 overtime victory on Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 NCAA Soccer Championship in Stanford, Calif.
OSU was the last remaining Big 12 squad in the 64-team tournament and was vying to become the league's first-ever representative in the NCAA College Cup. However, for a second straight season the Cowgirls came up one step short of making the semifinal round.
In the contest, Oklahoma State (22-2-2) and Stanford (23-0-1) were scoreless at the half, despite the Cardinal’s 14-1 shot advantage. In the second half, Stanford netted the first score of the match in the 51st minute, but OSU answered back only 17 minutes later as Sarah Brown recorded the first goal surrendered by the Cardinal in the NCAA Championship.
The score remained tied at the end of regulation to force the extra time. Stanford's game-winning goal came 2:40 into the first overtime period. It marked the first time this season that Oklahoma State gave up two goals in a single contest.
OSU had previously knocked off Maryland (1-0), Illinois (1-0) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-1) to setup the match against the Cardinal.
Oklahoma State completes the 2011 season with a 22-2-2 record. The 22 victories are tied for the second most in Big 12 Conference history and are the most ever by a Cowgirl squad.
This season, OSU collected its second Big 12 regular season championship, while posting only the second undefeated regular season (Nebraska, 1996) in Big 12 history and the first unbeaten conference season time since 2002 (Texas A&M). The Cowgirls were listed in Soccer America's top 10 all season long, while ranking as the nation's top defense for much of the season in terms of goals allowed average.
Oklahoma State was 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. The league now has had seven teams compete in the fourth round of the NCAA Championship.