It was home-sweet-home Saturday for the Ottawa University women’s soccer program. After not playing a home match in nearly a month, the Lady Braves picked up a 1-0 win over No. 22 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma at Peoples Bank Field on the OU campus.
It marked the third straight match Ottawa has played a ranked opponent, a stretch where the team has gone 2-1 en route to its own No. 11 national ranking.
The game-winning goal came at the 48:51 mark in the second half by Jessica Beall, senior forward, assisted by fellow senior forward Caroline Jenkins.
Ottawa doubled up USAO 18-9 in shots, and had an 11-4 advantage in shots-on-goal.
The Lady Braves (5-1-1) play 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a team that is receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 polls, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It is the beginning of the conference match stretch for Ottawa.
Visiting University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma slipped by the OU men’s soccer team in the final minutes of Saturday’s contest at Peoples Bank Field.
USAO’s Owen Connelly scored at the 86:50 mark in the second half of a tight game to pull out the 1-0 win.
Ottawa trailed USAO in total shots 14-10. Both teams were even in shots-on-goal with seven apiece.
Ottawa (2-4-1) plays 8 p.m. Wednesday at the top-ranked team in the nation, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.