Scoring goals was not an issue for the Oklahoma State soccer team.
The Cowgirls defeated Oral Roberts, 4-0, at Neal Patterson Stadium on Sunday.
After Gabriella Coleman scored a goal within the first 18 seconds in the game, the Cowgirls struggled to find the back of the net in the first half.
Halftime adjustments and goals from Olyvia Dowell and Julia Lenhardt propelled the Cowgirls (2-0-1) to their second win of the season.
“I’m happy to win 4-0,” OSU coach Colin Carmichael said. “At halftime we weren’t very pleased. We started well with G’s (Gabriella’s) goal and then for about 20 minutes we did the things we were trying to do. For whatever reason we lost our shape a little bit. We just talked about being a little bit cleaner. Second half was a lot more what we would like to see from our team.”
The Cowgirls started as well as any team would hope for. Within 18 seconds, forward Gabriella Coleman scored from the corner of the box to the far post after a pass from Jaci Jones.
“It felt wonderful,” Coleman said. “All I was thinking about was, ‘wow did that just happen?’. That was so fast I was proud of myself that I got a goal in.”
While OSU struggled to score for the rest of the first half, the second half was another story.
Freshman forward Olyvia Dowell, who was named Big 12 Freshman player of the week last week, scored from 12 yards out to the near post to extend the lead 2-0.
Dowell scored again two minutes later when she shot the ball to the far post from 16 yards out.
Midfielder Julia Lenhardt scored the final goal for the Cowgirls in the 77 minute with a long shot from 25 yards. Dowell said she has adjusted well to the college game despite being a freshman.
“It’s definitely a process," Dowell said. "I’ve had to clean up my touch, move faster and be stronger. The shift from club to college is really big. Evolving in that with the help of my teammates has helped me progress.”
With just three games under her belt, Dowell has made a significant impact on the team despite her age. Carmichael knew before the season started that he was going to get a lot out of the newcomer.
“She’s been great,” Carmichael said. “We knew when we recruited her that she was a really talented player. We were thrilled when she committed to Oklahoma State. We knew we had a good one in our hands.”