Jackson, Cowgirls defense remain stout

Soccer

The Cowgirls celebrate a goal made by Grace Yochum during the Oklahoma State vs. Saint Louis match on Sunday September 08, 2019 at Neil Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, OK.

For the fourth time this season, the Oklahoma State soccer team’s defense finished the game unscathed.

This time, OSU shutout Saint Louis and won 2-0 to earn it’s fourth clean sheet of the year.

On a hot and muggy Sunday afternoon, the game was an ugly stalemate throughout the first half and part of the second. Grace Yochum salvaged the game with two goals in five minutes to give the Cowgirls the victory.

The Cowgirls' (4-0-1) offense remained stifled the first 74 minutes.

OSU relied on its defense to do the same to the Billiken’s (2-3-0) attack.

In the trio comprised of Elise Hawn, Ally Jackson and Kim Rodriguez, OSU has an experienced group to lean on.

The youngest of the trio, Jackson, played in the center of the group and has blossomed into a safety net that gave her teammates flexibility to progress forward into attack.

“She’s made a huge jump,” coach Colin Carmichael said. “Now she is talking, she kind of holds things together, her distribution play out of the back is fantastic and she’s becoming a physical presence.”

This past week, Carmichael stressed to push players forward to get more chances.

With little to worry about defensively, he couldn’t be much happier with his defensive unit.

“I thought they did great today,” Carmichael said. “First half we were good, if not great, but the second half we didn’t give them a look at goal. That whole back line deserves a ton of credit.”

Despite keeping SLU off of the scoreboard, the Cowgirls did have a few momentary lapses in judgement when defending or attempting to play out of the back.

Jackson said these kinds of mistakes are the defenses main issues.

“I think sometimes we switch off in the back,” Jackson said. “These past two games we’ve gotten away with little mistakes, but this game we couldn’t. I think our mindset needs to be switched on all the time.”

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