The magic of Neal Patterson Stadium has seemingly worn off for the Cowgirls.
The Oklahoma State soccer team suffered its first loss in 18 games on its home turf, a streak that went back to last season, after the Cowgirls fell to Texas Tech 1-0 on Friday night. It was the first loss at Neal Patterson Stadium in the venue’s history.
For the entirety of the game, the Cowgirls (10-3-1) and the Red Raiders struggled to break down each other’s defenses. Between OSU and Texas Tech, there were only seven shots on goal, the fewest of any OSU game since the six shots on goal in the Cowgirls’ 2-1 victory against rival Oklahoma in the season opener.
OSU coach Colin Carmichael didn’t take much stock in the loss of the unbeaten streak at home but was disappointed in the loss.
“Losing the game’s hard to swallow,” Carmichael said. “We take pride in playing here and being tough to beat here, but you can’t win them all, clearly. We’re disappointed that we lost the game, not that the streak ended.”
Texas Tech (10-3-1) played with a defensive plan from the first whistle. After sophomore forward Ally Griffin calmly scored a penalty after an OSU foul in the 67th minute, the Red Raider defense became even more compact and shut down the Cowgirls’ attempts at an equalizer.
OSU has gone winless in its last three games, going back to its one-all tie last Friday against Texas.
The Cowgirls were hit with injuries again in the game. OSU forward Marlo Zoller exited the game in the first half when she went down with an injury to what appeared to be her left ankle. Carmichael said Zoller was taken for X-rays during the game but had no further details on her status.
Elise Hawn, a junior defender for the Cowgirls, said correcting the slump on the field will start in practice.
“From practice translates into games, and I think all this week, people are going to be pissed off and working hard,” Hawn said.
Forward Jaci Jones, who returned from injury after not playing against Oklahoma on Sunday, said the answer to get out of the slump the Cowgirls are in is simple and is staring them in the face.
“At the end of the day, we just have to find a way to win,” Jones said. “We can’t blame it on this or that or this, we have to come together no matter who’s on the field. We’re all a team, and we have to come together and get a result.”