Photos: Bison Sports Awards

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All 2019 Bison Sports Awards winners:
Outstanding Senior Athletes
Cagney Roberson, Football
McKae Mitchell, Women’s Track & Field

Breakout Athletes of the Year
Harrison Stoddart, Men’s Basketball
Leah Molter, Women’s Track & Field

Newcomers of the Year
Antonio Wade, Men’s Basketball
Konner Shields, Cheer/STUNT

Individual Performances of the Year
Jake Gozzo, Baseball
Victoria Fonville, Women’s Swimming

Heart of a Bison Awards
Brantly Thompson, Men’s Basketball
Jennifer Goethe (Women’s Soccer)

Scholar Athlete Awards
Jonathan Stewart, Men’s Swimming
Emily Sechrist, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country

The #DavCup Award
Volleyball

Made a Difference Award
Women’s Soccer

Team Academic Award
Women’s Golf

Faculty Mentor Award
Dr. Linda McElroy

Advocate for Athletics Award
Joy Carl

Lady Bison Soccer win GAC conference trophy

By Michael Stewart, Assistant Sports Editor

The Oklahoma Baptist women’s soccer team were crowned Great American Conference Champions Saturday, Nov. 3.

The No. 1 seeded Lady Bi-son defeated No. 2 seeded Southwestern Oklahoma State University 3-2 in overtime to secure the title.

With the win, the Lady Bison earned a bid into the NCAA Central Regional, the first national tournament appearance since making the move to Division II.

“It means so much to see our hard work pay off,” junior Emily Griffith said. “This team is something special.”

The Lady Bison cruised through the GAC, going undefeated in both regular season and conference tournament play.

The win extended their winning streak to 14 games, dating all the way back to Sept. 20.

“We just have a winning mentality,” Griffith said. “Every time we step onto the field, we expect to win.”

In the semi-finals, OBU had to take both of their opponents into overtime.

The Lady Bison took down Ouachita Baptist University 4-2 in penalties after two overtime periods.

Ouachita Baptist gave OBU a tough battle; however, the sheer grit and determination of the Lady Bison saw them earn a spot in the final.

“We definitely expected a tough game against Ouachita because they have played us tough both games in the season,” senior Jennifer Goethe said. “It was frustrating going to PK’s, but our girls were confident and composed.”

In the shootout, goalkeeper Emily Griffith managed a save in the fourth round, setting up junior Reagan Mann to secure the win with a kick of her own.

“Emily [Griffith] is one of, if not the best, goalkeepers in the conference,” Goethe said. “We knew we just had to make our shots because we trusted her to make a big save.”

The win set up a rematch of last season’s tournament final with SWOSU, who defeated Harding University in their semi-final match.

“We expected the final to be a battle,” Griffith said. “We knew it was going to take a team effort to take down SWOSU.”

The matchup proved to be as exciting as expected.

OBU opened the scoring in the 13th minute when junior Kelsey Bumgarner made a run down the right wing, and what seemed to be a cross found its way over the SWOSU keeper and into the far net for a 1-0 advantage.

SWOSU responded minutes later with a goal of their own, bringing the score level at 1-1.

The pace of the match began to slow down, and the teams began to settle into the match.

The score would remain tied at halftime.

Shortly after recess, OBU found themselves down 2-1 after SWOSU buried a cross in the 48th minute.

Once again, the advantage didn’t last long.

Freshman Tori Kitchel curled in a left-footed shot in the 52nd minute that would bring the score level once again.

The rest of regular time was very fast-paced, featuring big plays on both ends.

Griffith came up big time towards the end of the match when she stopped a SWOSU breakaway from resulting in a goal.

“I just trusted my instincts and my teammates,” Griffith said. “They all have my back and encourage me in big moments like that.”

The save proved to be an important one as regular time ended with the score knotted at 2-2.

Two minutes into the first OT period, the Lady Bison would earn what would become the game-winning corner kick.

Goethe curled in cross that would be tucked home by sophomore Hannah White for the game-winning goal.

The match ended 3-2, giving the Lady Bison the title, GAC Tournament Champions.

“I’m so proud of the way our team came out and competed,” junior Ruth King said. “Everyone fought for one another and brought their best efforts all season long.”

The win avenged last season’s heart-breaking tournament loss to SWOSU and capped off a historic season for OBU.

Following the match, senior Kerregan Edwards was named the GAC Tournament MVP, while sophomore Hannah Evans, senior Emmily Infante, Goethe, and White were all named to the GAC All-Tournament team.

For the Lady Bison, the season doesn’t end here.

Oklahoma Baptist (15-4-1) now await their regional assignment, which will be announced Monday, Nov. 5 during a 5:30 p.m. webstream on NCAA.com.

Lady Bison soccer win third and fourth consecutive match

By Michael Stewart, Assistant Sports Editor

The Oklahoma Baptist Women’s soccer team moved to a perfect 4-0 start in the Great American Conference after defeating Southern Nazarene University Tuesday, Sept. 25 and East Central University on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Lady Bison defeated Southern Nazarene University on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and East Central University on Thursday, Sept. 27. The Lady Bison dominated in their first match of the week, defeating the Crimson Storm 5-0 at home.

“We came into the match really focused,” junior Ruth King said. “We expected SNU to be a tough team, but we came ready to play.”

OBU took only 10 minutes to get on the board after King buried a cross from freshman Tori Kitchel.

Not even a minute later, King doubled the Lady Bison lead after beating a defender and blasting a shot into the upper left corner. King would earn a hat trick in the 15th minute of the match, after she tucked in a shot for her third goal.

This gave the Lady Bison a 3-0 advantage at halftime. In the second half, the Lady Bison would pick up right where they left off. In the 47th minute, Kitchel beat a defender and scored in the top left corner, giving OBU a 4-0 lead.

Eventually, King would wrap up the scoring with her fourth goal; this time off across from junior Reagan Mann in the 61st minute.

“It felt really good to help
my team get the win,” King
said. “It was a total team effort.”

OBU put on an offensive clinic, totaling of 46 shots on the night, compared to five shots for SNU.

Redshirt sophomore Emily Griffith and senior Sam Engles each spent a half in goal for the Lady Bison.

Engles had three saves and Griffith had two saves, earning the team a shutout.

“We are really happy with how the team performed,” King said. “When we play together, we are a dangerous team.”

Two days later, the Lady Bison traveled to Ada, Oklahoma and defeated ECU 3-1.

“We expected it to be a very tough game,” junior Madison Hill said. “Every time we played them last season it was a really close game, so we knew it was going to be a battle.”

The Tigers came ready to
play, taking a 1-0 lead all the
way to halftime.

However, the Lady Bison would mount a second-half comeback, starting with a goal off a corner from Mann in the 54th minute.

With the score knotted at 1-1, Kitchel would give the Lady their first lead after scoring in the 67th minute.

Eventually, senior Jennifer Goethe would put the game away in the 73rd minute with her first goal of the season.

“Our team did a good job responding to the adversity,” Hill said. “When we were down, we really relied on each other to get back in the game. It was a big win.”

Offensively, the Lady Bison outshot ECU 21-10 and put nine shots on goal.

King led OBU with five shots and White added another four. Griffith earned the win again in goal for the Lady Bison.

“Our team is constantly growing closer together and getting better,” Hill said. “We have a lot of big games ahead of us, so we have to continue getting stronger as a team.”

So far this season in GAC play, the Lady Bison have dominated opponents, outscoring them 12-3 in all competitions.

OBU returns to action next Thursday as they travel to Alva, Okla. to take on Northwestern Oklahoma State.