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Cowgirls gear up for Bedlam round 1

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Oklahoma State's Jaci Jones said she is looking forward to the Bedlam matchup.

Crimson and orange clash will on the soccer field Thursday in Norman for the first of two Bedlam games this season.

Jaci Jones, an Oklahoma State senior, said the matchup has been the sole thing on her mind.

“My dad went to school here, I’ve grown up an OSU fan my whole entire life,” Jones said. “I feel like this whole week has just been ‘Bedlam, Bedlam,’ that’s been all I’ve been thinking about.”

Although Jones will be eager to bag her first goal against the Sooners in her final season, she said a win will be top priority.

“If I had the worst game of my life, and even if I don’t play one minute of the game and we beat them, I’m happy,” Jones said.

Coach Colin Carmichael said he has noticed a little more energy and excitement in the training sessions leading up to the Bedlam game, which will start at 7 p.m.

“These are the games you want to play in as a player,” Carmichael said. “For me personally, I remember as a player it was more exciting to go on the road and play a good team because you can quiet the fans, and to me, that was a little bit sweeter.”

One player with the potential to quiet the Sooner fans is freshman striker Olyvia Dowell. In her first collegiate game against Lamar, she wasted no time getting a goal. Dowell was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week, but said she still has work to do.

“It was really nice to receive that (honor), but at the same time, I still feel like I have a lot to prove and to show and to play,” Dowell said.

Dowell and the Cowgirls will look to improve the Bedlam record for OSU soccer. Since the first meeting of the two teams in 1996, the Cowgirls are 25-9-2 against their in-state rival.

Carmichael said the tide of the rivalry has evened out in the past couple years and he expects Thursday’s game to be close.

“Everybody used to say we had their (OU’s) number,” Carmichael said. “And even in those games, it was overtime; it was one-nothing; it was always a knock-down drag-out.”

Jones had a similar viewpoint and said the Bedlam games are always a bitter fight.

“Most of the time, the best team doesn’t always win,” Jones said. “It’s more of who wants to put in that extra 10 percent, the extra grit, fight, determination, all those different intangibles. That’s what Bedlam is all about.”

sports.ed@ocolly.com