Los Angeles, California is a long way from Edmond, Oklahoma – but all it took to get there for the Lady Patriots was a corner kick from Brittany Layne to Lea Sedwick in the 55th minute of Sunday’s match against Central Oklahoma.
Dallas Baptist won their first round game against Central Missouri, 3-1, to set up Sunday afternoon’s match against host-team and nationally ranked #14 Central Oklahoma. DBU had lost to UCO back on September 29, 4-1, but Kerry Edwards and company saw to it that the mid-October showdown would be anything but a scoring battle.
“Kerry Edwards had a phenomenal game,” said Head Coach Michelle Lenard. “She kept us in the game with great saves and really good play in the net. She is a big part of the reason we are in this tournament and still playing.”
The other part of the Lady Patriot equation was the goal-scoring ability of Sedwick. Her 13th goal of the year, on a corner from Brittany Layne, gave DBU the only cushion they would need as they held on to defeat UCO, 1-0. They now prepare to head to Cal State-Los Angeles for a rematch with Abilene Christian, their opening day opponent from back on September 1. That game ended in a 2-1 ACU victory in overtime but, as these Lady Patriots have shown, early season results mean nothing this postseason
“This experience has been awesome and huge for our program,” said Lenard. “This is what we have been working for the last three or four years and nobody thought we would be here. We are no longer an underdog and we are looking forward to heading to California to keep playing like we have been.”
The Dallas Baptist – Abilene Christian game is set for Friday, November 18, at a time to be announced.