After taking a 2-0 lead in the first half, the Tulsa women’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Missouri State in overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU moved to 0-1 on the season, while MSU moved to 2-0 overall.
“I thought the first half was really good, but the worst thing to happen to us was halftime,” Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. “We felt pretty good with the score and the way we were playing when we went into halftime, but Missouri State, give them credit, they came out with a lot of energy and got the early second half goal to put us on our heels. Definitely disappointed, but we are still young and trying to figure things out. With this being our first game this is something we can learn from and bounce back from to get ready for Thursday.”
Emily Brandenburg put the Golden Hurricane on the board with her first collegiate goal at the 16:21 mark as she scored from eight yards out off a free kick taken by Reagan Whitlow. Just under six minutes later Anna Williams added a score for TU on a pass from Anna Martin in the 23rd minute to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Jordan Eickelman got one back for the Bears as she took the ball up the left side and shot from 10 yards out into the lower right corner at the 47:48 mark, and then Olina Einarsdottir headed in the equalizer in the 79th minute off a corner kick.
The two teams battled for another 11 minutes of regulation and nearly eight minutes of the first overtime period when Eickelman punched one into the back of the net from 18 yards out to end the contest.
Alyssa Kaiser led the Hurricane attack with nine shots, four of which were on goal, while Mia Darden came in off the bench and had four attempts, and Brandenburg, Williams and Gabriella Borboa each added three shots.
Mica MacKay logged all 97:59 in goal and picked up five saves.
Tulsa had a 25-14 lead in shots, including an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal, and had an 11-5 lead in corner kicks.
Tulsa will return to action on Thursday, August 23 against Oklahoma Baptist. Game time is set for 7:30 pm at the Hurricane Stadium.
Tulsa 2 0 0 - 2
MSU 0 2 1 - 3
Emily Brandenburg (Tulsa) at 16:21 (Reagan Whitlow)
Anna Williams (Tulsa) at 22:02 (Anna Martin)
Jordan Eickelman (MSU) at 47:48 (Grace Heenan)
Olina Einarsdottir (MSU) at 78:51 (Jacqueline Baetz)
Jordan Eickelman (MSU) at 97:59 (Anna Durnin)
Mica MacKay (Tulsa) – 5
Kaitlin Maxwell (MSU) – 9