Nov. 1, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's regular season came to a stunning close in Stillwater on Friday night in a 3-2 Bedlam loss to Oklahoma State. OSU sophomore Jeni Jackson, with no previous goals on the season, scored three times in the final six minutes of the game to shock the Sooners. The first hat trick allowed by OU on the season couldn't have come at a worse time.
With a Big 12 Tournament bid on the line for the second consecutive year, the Sooners and Cowgirls added another unbelievable chapter to the Bedlam rivalry in front of a crowd of over 1,000 hardy fans on a cold night at the OSU Soccer Complex.
With its fifth consecutive loss, Oklahoma dropped to 11-8 and 4-6 in the Big 12 standings. OSU improved to 13-6 and 4-6 in conference. Although OU, Oklahoma State and Iowa State all finished tied with 4-6 records in the Big 12 standings, the Cowgirls and Cyclones will advance to San Antonio based on head-to-head results. Earlier this season, Iowa State defeated the Sooners in double overtime, 2-1, in Ames.
In Stillwater, the rivals ended the first period deadlocked without a score. At the half, OU held a 10-7 shot advantage on the Cowgirls but OSU keeper Kat Doud turned back every Sooner strike with six saves.
The scoreless first period gave the fans little indication of what drama was about to unfold.
Just over a minute in to the second half, Oklahoma forward Krissy Dawson (Peoria, Ariz.) broke the game open with her goal at 46:03. The senior got the ball out of a crowd in front of the OSU box and hammered it in for her eighth score of the season to put the Sooners up, 1-0.
OSU's Courtney Robb took a shot at the Oklahoma box two minutes later at 48:15 but OU goalkeeper Catherine Wade (Midland, Texas) made the save.
At 50:09, Krissy Dawson took a free kick from 25 yards out that sailed past OSU's Doud and the Sooners appeared to have the game in hand, 2-0.
But Oklahoma State waited until just six fateful minutes were left in the game to mount a furious rally led by an improbable source.
OSU sophomore Jeni Jackson (Broken Arrow) scored three goals in the game's final six minutes to shock the Sooners. Before tonight's performance, Jackson had never scored in her OSU career and had just three assists for the season coming into the Bedlam game.
Jackson scored her first goal at 84:11 past OU's Wade off a corner kick with an assist from Nikki Wojtowicz. Oklahoma 2, Oklahoma State 1.
31 seconds later, at 84:42, Jackson pulled OSU even with a feed from Carla Dolomont down the right side. Oklahoma 2, Oklahoma State 2.
With the game tied, Oklahoma freshman Lauren MacIver (Tulsa, Okla.) got a shot off at the OSU box at 87:47 but the ball went wide.
Catherine Wade was then replaced by senior Jana Cunningham (Tulsa, Okla.) at goalkeeper for OU.
With just 19 seconds left on the clock, OSU's Jackson sealed the game with a goal on Cunningham off an assist from Krista Dedmon. Final: Oklahoma State 3, Oklahoma 2.
Jackson, with the first hat trick for Oklahoma State since 1996, helped the Cowgirls earn the first Big 12 Tournament bid in the program's history.
Oklahoma finished with 14 shots for the game while OSU took 19. Both goalkeepers compiled six saves. OSU doubled OU on corner kicks, eight to four.
Krissy Dawson's two goals pushed her season total to a team-best nine with eight assists for 26 points.