Jordan Beech, Assistant Director for Athletics Communications
SHAWNEE – A quick strike by Ruth King and a pair of insurance goals from the penalty spot by Kerregan Edwards and Hannah White in the second half saw No. 1-seeded Oklahoma Baptist drop No. 4 East Central, 3-0, to reach the Great American Conference Tournament Championship.
King scored the only goal OBU would need when fellow All-GAC First Teamer Emmily Infante put her in on goal with a long thru ball. The sophomore forward did well to place her shot in the left corner; just one minute and 32 seconds had elapsed when the Lady Bison scored their first goal.
Despite taking an additional 14 shots in the opening 45 minutes, the Lady Bison would only put an additional four on-goal, and all were saved. Oklahoma Baptist held ECU to just one shot for the half.
Two penalty kicks in a five-minute span would ensure victory for the No. 1-seeded Lady Bison with a little under 25 minutes left in the semifinal. Edwards converted from the spot in the 65th minute before White coolly finished from the spot in the 70th minute.
The Lady Bison claimed their program record ninth clean sheet of the year while limiting the Tigers to just three shots, two of which were saved by Emily Griffith.
Oklahoma Baptist (15-1-3, 9-0-3 GAC) is set to take on the No. 2 seed, Southwestern Oklahoma State, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at the OBU Soccer Complex. The winner earners an automatic bid to the Central Region Championships.