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Notebook: Early goals push Cowgirls past Oral Roberts

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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.

Mississippi State transfer Gabriella Coleman scored one of the quickest goals in Oklahoma State soccer history.

It only took 17 seconds for Coleman to slip past a defender and blast the ball into the top right corner in the Cowgirls' 4-0 victory against Oral Roberts on Sunday.

“It felt wonderful,” Coleman said. “All I was thinking about was ‘wow, did that just happen?’ It was awesome.”

Coleman has wasted no time scoring goals at Oklahoma State. Coming into the game against ORU, she scored two goals in her last three game.

Coach Colin Carmichael said he was proud of the way Coleman performed in the first half.

“It’s weird in the first half of games she’s (Coleman) just been ok up until this point, and then in the second half she’s been really good,” Carmichael said. “Justin and I both at different time pulled her aside and said, ‘let’s start with a fire and a passion,’ but I don’t think we could have expected that.”

More of the same will be expected from the OSU striker as the season progresses. Coleman said she understands her role and the expectations set from previous strikers such as Haley Woodard and Marlo Zoller.

“Yeah I have to step up, I have some big shoes to fill,” Coleman said.

Injury Report

Last season, OSU was crippled with injuries in the last half of the season. The tribulations have already begun this year with Hannah Webb, Kirsten Siragusa and Hannah Warner all sitting out with an injury against ORU.

Carmichael said the injuries are not too severe and hopes to see Webb and Siragusa back soon.

“If we could have both of them back for some minutes next weekend that would help a ton, but sometimes you have to just let them heal,” Carmichael said.

Webb suffered an ankle injury against Oklahoma and will be day-to-day. Meanwhile, Siragusa has been on crutches the past week with a foot injury. Warner left the Bedlam game at halftime feeling tight and did not dress against ORU.

Lenhardt scores first goal

The goals from distance did not stop for the Cowgirls after the first 17 seconds. OSU midfielder and senior Julia Lenhardt rivaled Coleman’s goal with a strike from 25 yards out. Lenhardt said it ranked among one of the best goals she has scored.

“A goal is a goal, top 10 lets say, I’m just happy to score,” Lenhardt said.

Carmichael said Lenhardt is one of the most consistent players on the team and doesn’t always get the credit she deserves.

Lenhardt tallied two goals and four assists last season and said she hopes to continue the form she is in now.

The Cowgirls remain undefeated on the season and will play Central Arkansas on Sept. 6 at Neal Patterson Stadium.

“Personally I hope to help build confidence in the team, keep moving forward, keep this confidence up and continue the win streak,” Lenhardt said.

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