Oklahoma Baptist fought back from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw against USAO in Chickasha on Tuesday. The result marked the end of the Drovers' eight game winning streak this season.
USAO dominated the first half with much of their attack coming through Jake Cottage on the right flank. In the 12th minute Cottage whipped a free kick into the box but none of his teammates could get on the end of it.
Then less than a minute later Cottage found Jeremy Kari Kari in the box with a cross but Kari Kari's shot went just wide. In the 21st minute Cottage took a long range attempt on his own from 25 yards out the hit the crossbar.
Seconds later USAO found itself on the scoresheet after Cottage sent a cross into the box which Wesley Costa dispensed into the back of the net with a header.
The Bison did little in this half but Elcio Freitas did have a shot from 20 yards blocked by a defender in the 24th minute.
The Drovers almost got on the board again as Bison goalkeeper Jacob Hibbard and defender Felipe Souza got mixed up and the ball fell right to Antonio Junior whose shot on an open net went wide.
After a lackluster first half showing, OBU came out with much more passion in the second half. Within 4 minutes James Gilreath hit a header straight to the keeper after a cross from Caio Martinelle.
In the 60th minute USAO looked to have doubled its tally, but John Gardner was adjudged to be in an offsides position as his header went into the net.
Three minutes later Hibbard made a great save to palm away a header from Frank Gibson off of a free kick from Danny Rodriguez.
With 12 minutes remaining Souza took an audacious shot on goal from 40 yards out on a free kick but his shot was surprisingly close flying past the post.
OBU finally broke through in the 82nd minute as Eduardo Acedo sent Freitas through with a ball over the top and Freitas coolly slid it past the onrushing keeper to equalize.
After the goal OBU finally showed some dominance as less than a minute later a shot from Acedo from 20 yards out was well saved by the keeper who pushed it over the crossbar.
Craig Stead had a golden opportunity for the Bison to take the lead after being set up by Sullivan Silva but his shot from 10 yards out was far too high.
The Drovers had one last opportunity in regulation with a minute left but a free kick by Rodriguez from 30 yards was easily handled by Hibbard.
The first overtime period was largely uneventful but in the second overtime period the Bison were given an opportunity from 10 yards out due to a strange circumstance. Martinelle was played into the box by Silva but was tackled strongly by Terry Adamson. Adamson ended up on top of the ball and was called for dangerous play which gave the Bison an indirect free kick 10 yards out. Acedo's shot off of the free kick was straight to the keeper.
The Drovers had the last true opportunity of the game but a shot by Niall Crick was hit straight at Hibbard, leaving the score at 1-1 as time expired.
"In the first half we were extremely passive," said head coach Brent Coates. "They brought the game to us. In the second half we picked it up."
The game was an extremely physical contest which led to three Bison players picking up yellow cards.
"We felt we got the better of the tackles," said Coates. "We got a few unnecessary cards and we felt they got away with some similar tackles."
The Bison also had to deal with a smaller field than they are used to.
"It really plays into their hands (the field size)," said Coates. "It takes away the width. That is why it is hard to play here; they know how to play on that field."
With the draw the Bison are now 1-0-1 in conference and 8-2-1 overall. They are in action next at home against cross town rivals St. Gregory's on Tuesday at 3 p.m.