Women’s soccer late surge leads to draw against OCU

The women’s soccer team ended in a 2-2 tie against the Oklahoma City University (OCU) Stars on Saturday. The Saints move to 2-2-2 on the season while the Stars are now 4-1-1.

The Saints were 4-3 against the Stars prior to the match.

The Saints were outplayed in the first half against OCU. The Stars scored in the 10th and 29th minute to take a 2-0 lead to halftime. OLLU tallied four corner kicks and two shots in the first half. Both goals from the Stars came off deflections from Saints goalkeeper Samantha Valadez.

OLLU came out aggressive after halftime and their play improved. Kaitlyn Olivas scored with an assist from Irania Acosta to cut the Stars lead to only one goal. The Saints offense continue to pressure and was eventually awarded with the tying goal. Ambree Rheinberger scored from far out to continue her impressive season. The game ended in a 2-2 draw and Tess Pitcher made three saves in the second half after taking over for Valadez.

Scoring overview
10′ – OCU – Millie Templeman (assisted by Madi Caputo)

29′ – OCU – April Hill (assisted by Abby Russell)

47′ – OLLU – Kaitlyn Olivas (assisted by Irania Acosta)

82′ – OLLU – Ambree Rheinberger

Inside the box score
Rheinberger and Olivas both had two shots on goal for the Saints. The Stars were led by Millie Templeman and Madi Caputo with two shots on goal each.

Overall, the Saints tallied eight shots, with five on goal. Oklahoma City marked 10 shots with seven on goal.

OLLU recorded five corner kicks and the Stars took six.

What’s next
The Saints start Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. at LSU-Shreveport.