UCO defeats Washburn

EDMOND – The University of Central Oklahoma soccer team took down Washburn 4-1 on Wednesday night at Wantland Stadium in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association quarterfinals.

The Bronchos will advance to the semifinals on Friday night in the MIAA tournament and play Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. at Tom Thompson Field.

“We responded well tonight,” UCO head soccer coach Mike Cook said. “We did well early putting pressure on them and got the first goal, but we didn’t put our other chances away and they were able to tie it up. But the team did well to respond in the second half and put those same chances away and get the win.”

The first goal of the game was scored by Asha Haile in the 25th minute right in front of the box from a short cross pass from Morgan Cherry. Cherry sprinted down open field on the right side of the field and fed a cross to Haile, who brought the ball in off her chest and volleyed that into the back of the net for her 14th goal of the season.

Washburn tied it up 1-1 in the 43rd minute, beating UCO keeper Ally Salls to the left.

In the second half, senior Katie Killion scored the second Broncho goal in the 52nd minute off a shot right in front of the net from a pass from Casey Herndon. Moments later, in the 54th minute, Killion scored another goal beating the goalkeeper one on one on the left side of the box, after Kelsie Eason fed her a wide open lane to the left.

The final goal for the game was scored in the 61st minute by Eason from a shot in front of the net bouncing off a Washburn defender, then the keeper and in, assisted by Camrie Hurst.

Salls played all 90 minutes and only allowed one goal and had one save on the night.

The Bronchos will face Fort Hays State on Friday at 7 p.m. on Tom Thompson Field. Emporia State and Central Missouri will matchup before the Bronchos play for the other semifinal game at 4 p.m. The semifinal winners will play in Edmond on Sunday at 1 p.m.

UCO and Fort Hays faced each other earlier in the season in Hays, Kansas and the Bronchos came out on top with a 3-0 score.

Fort Hays is led by freshman Cailey Perkins with eight goals and 38 shots. Darby Hirsch and Vianei Sanchez have five goals each.

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