The Stars of Oklahoma City University, known for their incredible success at the NAIA level were stunned by our very own Wildcats. The ‘Cats played and won their first game as a Div. I program, 3-2, this past Sunday.
The first two goals came from two senior veterans, Jacey Ferrara and Andrea Carpenter, while the winning goal in the 83rd minute hailed from none other than the junior transfer from San Diego Mesa, Tiffany Ysassi.
The ‘Cats started off 1-0 with a strike from Carpenter in the sixth minute, adding to the already exceptional career of 44 goals scored. Ysassi extended the ‘Cats lead to 3-1 when junior Katie Stivers bended a cross over two defenders reaches right to the thigh of Ysassi.
The newcomer then bumped it in the back off the net with her inner thigh. Not exactly the most common goal you see in Div. I soccer.
“It was the most awkward goal of my life,” Ysassi said. “That definitely did not just happen; we should redo that because it was so ugly.”
Even though the game-winning goal was a little different than most, Carpenter explained,
“Any game-winning goal no matter how, ‘ugly’ it may be, it still went into the back of the net,” Carpenter said in regards to Ysassi’s statement.
The offense seemed to bode well against the OCU defenders and goalkeeper.
The ‘Cats have struggled in the past few seasons on offense, but this team scored three goals, (the most since defeating Texas Woman’s University 4-0) and outshot the Stars, 13-7, five of which were on goal.
Head Coach Casey Wilson was pleased with his freshmen goalkeepers, Kelsey Dombrowski and Sydney Newton. Each of them played a half, while Dombrowski made one crucial save and Newton stopped two shots from sailing past her.
The ‘Cats warm up on their own field for the 2013 home opener against Texas-Brownsville this Friday at 4 p.m.
Not a minute later, OCU’s Meghan McMahon looked for revenge after the ‘Cats improved their stretch to 3-1, scoring her second goal of the game, creating the chance for a tie.