Women’s soccer falls late in championship game

The Oakland University women’s soccer team (10-9-2) season came to an end Sunday afternoon after a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Milwaukee. OU, who led three different times during the game, fell late as the Panthers scored twice in the final four minutes of the game, with the dagger coming with 23 seconds remaining.

With the victory, the Panthers come away with the Horizon League title and receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

OU got on the board first with a goal by Kyla Kellermann late in the first half from Jamie Horne with just 1:19 on the clock. The lead was short-lived, as Milwaukee’s Maria Stephans hit a shot from 12 yards deep to tie the game at 1-1 with 28 seconds remaining in the first half.

Opening up the scoring just three minutes into the second half was OU senior Meghan Reynolds to put the Golden Grizzlies up 2-1. Both teams continued a hard-fought second half, but late in the 63rd minute Krissy Dorre scored her 10th goal of the season for Milwaukee to tie it once again at 2-2.

With 10 minutes remaining, Sarah Reynolds scored off a corner kick with a header for the Grizzlies to seemingly clinch the game, but once again Milwaukee battled back to score the final two goals three minutes apart, with the game winner coming in the 90th minute.

The loss marked the last game for the OU seniors, including leading scorer Meghan Reynolds, bringing to an end what has been a very successful four years for Reynolds.

OU interim head coach Dave Morgan shed some light on exactly what Reynolds has meant for the program.

“Meghan is a player who takes the pace and gets behind the defense very well,” Morgan said. “She’s got great speed, she’s been a big part of not only our offensive side but our defensive side.

“And the fact that her sister (Sarah) followed her here, so it’s great to have two Reynolds here, Meghan is certainly going to be missed down the line, I’m just glad she was on our team.”

Oakland had an incredible tournament run to get to the Horizon League Championship. It all began with a win against Youngstown, then an incredible win on Friday against Wright State, which came down to a penalty kick shootout after both teams went scoreless through 110 minutes of play.

Joan Sieja, Rachel DeLuca, Abigail Haelewyn and Meghan Reynolds all converted their penalty kick attempts, and Oakland advanced in thrilling fashion. With the loss, the Golden Grizzlies finish the season 10-9-2 (4-3).

The 2013 Horizon League All-Tournament Team featured three Grizzlies: Meghan Reynolds, Kellermann and Haelewyn