OU Women's Soccer Falls Short in National Title BidPosted by Janae Melvin/Katie Tooley on November 30, 2016 in Braves, NAIA, Ottawa, soccer, University The OU women’s soccer team ended a successful season in the most brutal of ways, losing 0-0 (4-2 in penalty kicks) to Northwest College (Wash.) during the round of 16 in the NAIA National Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
In the second overtime, the Braves came close to ending the game with a golden goal, but Courtney Hughes’ shot hit the cross bar with 1:53 left on the clock. OU had a 21-11 advantage in shots and an 8-6 edge in shots on goal. OU goalkeeper Kodie Johnson finished with four saves and the Braves defense added an additional two saves.
This was OU’s fifth all-time appearance at the National Championship and first since 2014. The finished the regular season ranked No. 25 in the nation.
The Braves ended the season with an overall record of 19-3-1 and advanced to the NAIA Final Site for the first time in program history. The team won the KCAC Tournament Championship, defeating nationally ranked No. 18 Kansas Wesleyan. Head coach Marc Gordon was named KCAC Coach of the Year. Caroline Jenkins was named KCAC Co-MVP and Naysla Munoz earned KCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.