It was a battle of two top 25 schools as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, ranked 19th, came to San Antonio to take on the OLLU women on Wednesday afternoon. But neither side could be separated as two first half goals held through 110 minutes as the match ended 1-1 in a tight match.
OLLU started the match well as they were threatening in the early going, looking dangerous with Alissa Villarreal looking especially dangerous. Brandy Salazar had a good chance in the 11th minute as she got a shot away but was denied by a Brandi Hutchinson save.
Stephania Vazquez had two quick chances in a row, the first came in the 14th minute as she got a shot away but sent it over the bar. The second came just one minute later as Vazquez found space again and shot but this time she sent her effort wide.
Despite OLLU going for the match, it was USAO who had the opening goal in the 19th minute after some good work from Hunter Aubrey. Aubrey was able to send in a ball for Bianca Cardenas who was able to bury the chance and give the Drovers the lead.
But the Saints responded and in the next minute, they were back on level terms, recovering beautifully. Of course it was Vazquez, who performed so well in the match so far and she was able to make a great run, getting a shot away which was too good for the keeper.
The substitutions later in the first half slowed down the game and saw the momentum shift towards USAO. They created chances and in the final minute of the half, Jordan Cleveland nearly made it 2-1 but was denied by a Gabriela Lopez save, keeping it level at the half.
The Drovers started the second half well as they went on the attack and unsurprisingly it was Aubrey who was creating the most chances. She was only denied by the offside flag in the 49th minute as she seemed to be in a good position but she timed her run too early.
In the 58th minute USAO went as close as they could but still did not find a goal as Ryah Vyse found some space. Vyse got the powerful shot away, and beat the keeper but it could only find the crossbar which allowed UIW to clear.
That lead to a lull but in the final ten minutes OLLU started to really go for the match as they had a flurry of shots. But they could not break through and the match went to extra-time.
The first period of extra-time saw OLLU create chances with set-pieces but they did little with those efforts, which kept the scores level. It was USAO who had the best chances of that first half but Lopez was up to the task making those vital saves.
The second half of extra-time saw more set pieces from OLLU but this time they started to create real chances. They had three shots in the half, and in the 108th minute could well have had a winner as Daniela Colina got a shot away, which was blocked by the defense, keeping it 1-1 and forcing both sides to settle for a draw in their season opener.