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COLLEGE SOCCER

Oct. 4, 2014
SMITH SAVES TEXAS
Longhorns hold Oklahoma State to 0-0 draw


Abby Smith made six saves, including three in overtime, and visiting Texas held off Oklahoma State for a scoreless draw Sunday in a Big 12 Conference women's soccer clash.

Smith notched her 28th career shutout, just one from Dianna Pfenninger's school record set in 2005-08.

OSU (5-6-2 overall, 0-2-2 Big 12) outshot the Longhorns, 22-11, and took 11 corner kicks to five for the visitors, but they put only six shots on frame and none of them into the net.

“The Texas Tech draw [Friday night] felt like a hard-fought game that we were able to get a positive point [from],” Cowgirls coach Colin Carmichael said on his school's athletics website. “This feels like a loss. "Our second-half performance was great. You've got to give kudos to Abby Smith -- best keeper in the country, in my opinion, and she showed it today [with] four or five brilliant saves. And, in fairness, we missed four or five chances as well, so we have to take some responsibility.

“On another day, we score three or four and win that game quite handily. It's a little bit disappointing that we didn't get the win, but can't fault the team. They played really well, especially in the second half.”

The Longhorns (4-3-4, 1-1-1) had the first real chance, a 30-yard Chantale Campbell free kick in the 21st minute that OSU goalkeeper Michela Ongaro dived to parry.

Smith kept Texas in the game with several superb stops: a leaping grab of Allie Stephenson's blast in the 23rd minute, a one-on-one leg save on Madison Mercado in the 63rd minute, a leaping tip over the crossbar on a Stephenson shot seconds later, and a point-blank save on Mercado six minutes into the extra period.

Courtney Dike came closest for the Cowgirls, hitting the left post in the 89th minute.

OSU is home Wednesday against Drake, and Texas plays host to Iowa State on Friday.

   
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