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Morgan rubs off the rust in return

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Oklahoma State's Charme Morgan tries to control the ball during the Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa preseason scrimmage on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, OK.

A warm late summer night featured the return of an player who has patiently been waiting for her return.

Charme Morgan had her first taste of competitive play after suffering an ACL injury and missing the Oklahoma State soccer team's 2018 season. In OSU’s 2-2 exhibition draw against in-state foe Tulsa, Morgan said she had been longing to play again.

“I miss it, sitting out a year it’s a long time and sitting on the bench just watching and wanting to be out there,” Morgan said.

In her first game back, she excelled in the defense and midfield with multiple interceptions. When she wasn’t exploiting the gaps in Tulsa’s defense with passes, she had several runs in transition, splitting through Hurricane players like a hot knife through butter. 

Coach Colin Carmichael said he can’t be too critical on a player returning from a long spell, but wished to see more out of her play when attacking.

“Charme getting to the final third was different class but I thought when she got there she maybe ran out of ideas,” said Carmichael

Morgan did see sight of goal twice in the game, however, she was unable to convert on her attempts. She said her offensive play is one area she looks to improve on before the season begins.

“It’s one of those things I’m still trying to gain back and focus on. It’s definitely something I’ll be working on,” Morgan said.

Only five of the eleven starters for OSU played the full 90 minutes. The Cowgirls had several players sit out due to injuries including Olyvia Dowell and Hannah Webb.

Carmichael said Webb will return on Thursday allowing him to rotate her, Morgan and Claire Gantzer. 

Even without the rotation being available, Carmichael said Morgan is ready to take on the minutes.

“She’s a super fit kid the way she flies up and down the line,” said Carmichael.

Morgan’s teammates expressed their happiness with her return from the year-long hiatus.

Midfielder Jaci Jones said the team is proud of Morgan’s resiliency and performance. Morgan and the Cowgirls’ next test will come against Lamar on Thursday.

“We had no doubt,” Jones said. “We knew she was going to come in guns blazing and she obviously showed that she did so well tonight.”

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