OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City University topped Oklahoma Baptist 1-0 Thursday at Stars field to claim the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
The Stars, ranked No. 6 in NAIA women's soccer, got a second-half goal from sophomore Allie Glazner and shut down the Lady Bison to move to 19-1 and earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Championship Opening Round.
OCU also won the SAC regular-season title this season. The Stars added to their previous league titles in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
"It was a very good performance all season, we lost only one game," OCU coach Brian Harvey said. "As you get into the playoffs the games get tighter, although I thought we created three or four quality chances, and Allie Glazner took her goal very well. I think the win puts us in a very good position in terms a favorable draw in the national tournament."
Junior goalkeeper Ashley Bechtold made saves in the 10th and 19th minutes to keep OBU off the scoreboard in the first half.
Meghan McMahon, Glazner, Rachael O'Brien and Hollis St. John all put shot on goal in the first half, but Oklahoma Baptist goalkeeper Shannon Griffith saved all four attempts to keep the Stars scoreless.
In the 69th minute, McMahon sent a pass into the box that found Glazner. Glazner headed the ball past Griffith to score her sixth goal of the season and give OCU a 1-0 lead.
Bechtold made two more saves in the second half to hold the Lady Bison scoreless and give OCU the 1-0 victory.
The Stars notched their 16th shutout of the season to break the school record for most shutouts in a single season. The previous mark of 15 was set in 1999.
OCU will likely host an NAIA Championship Opening Round match on Nov. 17 at Stars Field. Opening-round pairings will be announced at 2 p.m. CDT Monday.
The Stars hosted NAIA Opening-Round matches in each of the past two seasons. OCU defeated Bellevue (Neb.) in 2010 and Trinity Christian (Ill.) in 2011.