Oklahoma women’s soccer topped Kansas State 3-2 in overtime despite Brookelynn Entz’s strong performance Thursday night at John Crain Field. The Wildcats went to overtime for the second time in the last three matches.
“We had a little more of a killer mentality,” head coach Mike Dibbini said in a release. “We scored two goals in conference play, which we haven’t done in awhile. That is a big positive moving forward.”
The Wildcats’ two goals Thursday night were the most since the Wildcats lost 3-2 at Oklahoma on Oct. 22, 2017.
Dibinni was happy with how his team performed.
“It was a tough match,” Dibbini said. “I thought we played very well and we did everything right. We just couldn’t contain one player and we knew that going into the match. We had a matchup issue with Kaylee Dao, who is really good especially on set pieces. In a game like this, you have to limit corners and not give them services and no fouls in the back half because that is their bread and butter.”
Kansas State (2-8-2, 0-3-0 Big 12) took the lead in the 20th minute after pressuring Oklahoma in the box to win a ball on the right side.
The junior, Entz, sent a ball to senior Laramie Hall, who had a straight shot at the goal and shot it past Oklahoma goalkeeper Nikki Panas in the lower right corner.
The goal was Hall’s team-high fourth of the season. She is tied for second in program history with seven career goals and is second in career points, with 21.
Entz got her third assist of the season on the play. She has six career assists now, third in program history.
Oklahoma got an equalizer in the 30th minute on a corner kick from Megan Reilly. Her corner found Kaylee Dao, who put her head on the ball and got the goal.
The Wildcats regrouped and scored early in the second half to take another lead.
Hall found Christina Baxter open behind the Sooners’ defense and Baxter crossed it to Entz. Entz was fouled in the box and was rewarded a penalty kick, which she buried.
The last time Kansas State scored on a penalty kick was Oct. 27, 2017 against Iowa State.
“I think we did well offensively,” Entz said. “We were getting up there and getting our chances. We finished two, which is really good to see that we got our first two Big 12 goals this season. Obviously, we wanted to win but that makes this hard tonight.”
Dao tied the match in the 62nd minute when an indirect kick found her head in the six-yard box.
Dao got her hat trick with another header in overtime in the 98th minute.
Oklahoma had the edge on total shots, 25-13, and shots on goal, 10-7.
“I think we take confidence that we can play with these teams,” Entz said. “We were right there. We were winning the game twice tonight. I think we are learning to hold our lead and not give up when we get on top. Hopefully that will help us on Sunday.”
The Wildcats play at Oklahoma State on Sunday.