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Jones, Morgan net braces as Cowgirls dominate Central Arkansas

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Midfielder Jaci Jones scores the first goal of Bedlam Round one against the University of Oklahoma, at John Crain Field, in Norman OK, on August 29, 2019.

From wire to wire, there was only one result in mind.

The Oklahoma State soccer team defeated Central Arkansas 5-0 at Neal Patterson Stadium on Friday with Jaci Jones and Charmé Morgan netting goals.

Signs of the Cowgirls' (3-0-1) dominance against Central Arkansas were recognized early as Kim Rodriguez lofted the ball across the field to Jones, who then went past a defender and slotted it home for the first goal of the game. 

Fifteen minutes later, she netted her second on a cross from Gabriella Coleman. Morgan got her first on a cross from Rodriguez to take OSU into halftime. 

Throughout the week leading up to the game, coach Colin Carmichael stressed about getting numbers from ward to strengthen the Cowgirls attack.

“We talked a lot about getting numbers in the attack, that we combined a little bit better, that we had a little bit more fluidity,” Carmichael said.

While this implementation to the game plan was crucial in scoring the goals in the first half, the two in the second half were simply powerful strikes from deep. 

Camy Huddleston scored her first of the year in the 58th minute following a clearance from a Central Arkansas defender.

Morgan scored what she said was intended as a cross, but later found the back of the net for OSU’s fifth as the goalkeeper misplayed the ball.

With OSU leading from the second minute to the last, Carmichael had the benefit of playing nearly his entire roster with 24 players logging in 10 or more minutes. 

One of those being goalkeeper Hannah Warner who injured herself against Oklahoma on Aug. 29.

“She’s trained, but it’s not the same,” Carmichael said. “We wanted to get her back in, get her some minutes and she did have to face some action which is great. We didn’t want her to just sit back and do nothing. I’m not sure she’s one hundred percent, but I think it will help her get to that level.” 

For Jones, seeing many of her teammates get to play was just as meaningful as the win.

OSU will face Saint Louis at 1 p.m. on Sunday in hopes of continuing it’s undefeated start to the season

“That’s exactly what we want to see,” Jones said. “We know if we do our job then our other teammates that do everything that we do, they are at every training table, every practice, every morning lift and for them to get to play on the field they deserve it just as much as anyone else.” 

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