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August 31, 2013

Sooners strike first but Cowgirls run away with victory

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STILLWATER —

Things continued to go Oklahoma’s way even on defense. Another foul in the box — this one by the Sooners — led to Oklahoma State’s first real scoring opportunity. But Miranda Larkin had other ideas.

Facing a penalty kick, Larkin made a diving stop on Allie Stephenson with 27:53 left before halftime, keeping the score at 1-0.

“That was a big save for us at that point in the game,” Potter said. “It kept us going and gave us some confidence. We just didn’t continue to carry that momentum like we should have.”

That lead didn’t last long as the Dike quickly turned things around for the Cowgirls. Madison Mercado’s high cross gave the freshman from Edmond North just enough time to get a head on the ball, burying it in the back of the net to even the score at 1-1 with 21:38 left in the half.

Oklahoma State kept pouring it on as Stephenson seemingly curved the ball through a swarm of Sooner defenders into the back of the net for her first goal of the season, giving the Cowgirls their first lead of the game at 2-1 with 18:41 left in the half.

With momentum clearly on their side, Dike took a chance to keep the pressure on Oklahoma — aggressively pursuing Larkin after what seemed like a harmless ball in the box. That pursuit paid off in a big way as Dike stole the ball from Larkin’s feet before calmly depositing it in the back of the net for her second goal of the match.

“I was just pressuring the ball honestly,” Dike said. “I just decided to pressure the ball and it ended up in my favor.”

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