Tough Night at the Ranch for UAPB Soccer Team
Stillwater, Okla. - After a closely contested first half, things got out of hand for the Arkansas-Pine Bluff soccer team in a 9-1 loss to 6th-ranked Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament Friday night at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. The loss snapped a 16-game unbeaten streak for the Lady Lions and ended their season at 16-5-1.
OSU scored goals in the 24th and 29th minutes to take a 2-0 lead. UAPB cut the lead in half when Reaghan Zilkie took a pass from Perri Westloski and scored in the 31st minute. However, that would be the only highlight for the Lady Lions as the Cowgirls dominated the second half. The Cowgirls scored three times in the first 6:35 after intermission and cruised to the win.
"We did well in the first half. I thought we gave them a bit of a scare, but as the game went on - they're a deep team, they're a good team - they put us in a lot of pressure and they were able to execute four goals in the first 12 minutes (of the second half)," said UAPB head coach Roberto Mazza. "I think they blew open the lead there. They made it difficult for us. They're a very good team. I thought we had a very good season this year, and it was deservable that we were here."
"I feel like there's lots of emotions because it's our last college game. I honestly feel like it shouldn't have been 9-1, said UAPB forward Silvia Fuentes. " It shouldn't have been that way, but it's just the game. Soccer - you win, you lose, you score. It's OK. It's our last game, but I feel we did accomplish what we wanted, so we go home satisfied."
"It sucks going out in our last game like this, but at the same time, I don't think I would have wanted to go out with any different group of girls," said Lady Lion senior forward Nicole Parks-Powell. "I think the thing for me, and a lot of us feel like we left it all out on the field, and that was one thing we wanted to accomplish: make sure you can say 'I gave everything today.'"