OSU goalkeeper situation still up in the air after Warner's injury

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Hannah Warner high fives fans during Oklahoma State's soccer game vs. Cal on Sept. 7, 2018, at Neil Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER/O'COLLY)

Oklahoma State soccer fans had flashbacks to Bedlam after Hannah Warner was injured midway through the second half against Kansas State on Sunday at Neal Patterson Stadium.

The Cowgirls defeated the Wildcats 2-1, but their starting goalkeeper couldn't finish the game.

In the 60th minute, Warner went down after coming out of the net to make a save and collided with a Wildcat defender. Warner left the OU game Aug. 29 in a similar fashion.

“Nothing will ever be harder than (Bedlam); that was the hardest obstacle I think I’ve ever faced,” backup goalkeeper Dani Greenlee said.

Warner started in her first match since Bedlam when the Cowgirls faced Kansas on Thursday. Greenlee started nine games after Warner’s initial injury, and there was no hesitation when she replaced Warner midway through the second half against K-State.

“I got to get ready,” Greenlee said. “I have to get my mentality ready to roll, warm up really fast and go.”

The Cowgirls (9-1-3, 2-1-1 Big 12) were plagued by injury last season and have learned how to overcome their adversity. Despite the injury and the sudden change in goalkeeper, OSU did not change its mentality and focus.

“I mean, yes, I was really afraid that Hannah was injured,” forward Gabriella Coleman said, “but we got to stay focused and push through this game no matter what.”

Warner was responsive and walked off the field on her own, but the goalkeeping situation remains unclear.

The Cowgirls have two strong goalkeepers, and coach Colin Carmichael said that he is always going to play who he believes is going to give OSU the best opportunity to win.

“I wasn’t worried about Dani at all; she was a starter up until two weeks ago,” Carmichael said. “I think you have to give Dani great credit for not playing on Thursday and then not playing the first half and having to jump in, in a split second.”

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