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Cowgirls record fifth straight victory

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Defender Kim Rodriguez takes a free kick. 

For the second consecutive match, the combination of Kim Rodriguez and Grace Yochum worked for the Oklahoma State soccer team.

Yochum’s header from Rodriguez’s corner kick late in the second half was the decisive goal in OSU’s 2-1 road victory against UMKC on Sunday.

It marked the fourth consecutive game that an OSU goal was scored from a set-piece situation. Yochum has tallied two goals this season from Rodriguez’s delivery, and each of Yochum’s three goals this year came from a corner kick.

The Roos were the first to hit the scoreboard. In the 16th minute, UMKC’s Lexie Howard delivered a low shot to the far post, and OSU goalkeeper Dani Greenlee couldn’t reach it.

UMKC’s lead lasted for only three minutes. After Haley Woodard received a pass from Julia Lenhardt, Woodard sent a curler to the far post to tie the game.

Before the break, the Cowgirls (8-1) were denied the lead twice after Camy Huddleston’s and Lenhardt’s efforts found the posts.

The second half saw the Cowgirls and Roos (7-3) each make five attempts, but Yochum’s header was the only one that found the net.

The Cowgirls ended regular-season nonconference play on a five-game winning streak. OSU will start its Big 12 title defense with a pair of away games at Kansas State and Kansas next weekend.