For the Cowgirls, senior night didn’t end with a loss, but it didn’t end with a victory either.
Oklahoma State and the No. 20 Baylor Bears battled for 110 minutes, but neither team could score and the game finished tied at 0.
It was the second tie of the weekend for Oklahoma State after having the same result against the TCU Horned Frogs on Friday night.
The Cowgirls (10-4-3, 1-3-3 Big 12) were outshot 28-6, and goalkeeper AD Franch made eight saves in the contest, and just couldn’t quite break through the Baylor defense when they needed to the most.
Baylor (11-1-4, 2-0-3) had the most opportunities, but OSU had its fair share as well.
Coach Colin Carmichael said some of the focus in practice was to match Baylor’s intensity.
“Baylor’s an extremely tough team to play against,” Carmichael said. “They’re physical, they’re aggressive, they’re well organized, they’re disciplined and all those things make them tough to beat.”
Oklahoma State’s best opportunity came with just over 20 minutes remaining in regulation when freshman Heidi Greeson fought through a pair of defenders and played a pass to Megan Marchesano. Marchesano cut inside her defender and sent a shot from the top of the box, but it went inches wide of the post.
“It was frustrating,” Marchesano said. “I thought we played well and had some opportunities, we just didn’t execute. I felt that as a team we did a good job. We played well and we played even, we just didn’t finish when we had a couple opportunities.
It was only the sixth time the Cowgirls have shutout a team out this season, but it came at an important time, as Oklahoma State is trying to make a push for the NCAA tournament and every result is important. The shutout was also special because it was the 38th of Franch’s career and it came on senior night.
“It’s awesome to have (the shutout),” AD Franch said. “And not to lose on our home field, that’s amazing. It was a great feeling.”
The departing senior class has been apart of the best teams in program history. The Cowgirls have made every NCAA tournament while the seniors were there, as well as Elite Eight appearances the past two seasons and four-straight Big 12 championships, an achievement they proudly display on the scoreboard at Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
“Unbelievable,” Carmichael said, “Not only the kids who have all the stats, but those kids behind the scenes that don’t get the credit. They work just as hard as the kids who get to play all the time and don’t get the recognition. I’m very proud of them.
“The three kids who play all the time, you know AD and Carson (Michalowski) and Megan (Marchesano), what can you say? AD in my opinion is the best keeper in the country. Megan has proven this year that she’s one of the better forwards in the Big 12, if not the best. And I don’t think there’s another center back I’d trade Carson for either.”
As for the seniors, Marchesano had to hold back her emotions when she said how much the team has meant to her.
“I just really love these girls—I love this team,” she said. “It’s definitely started to hit in now, that this is our last game here today. It’s definitely hard—it’s emotional.
“I’m just really proud of this team, I’m proud of these girls and this program and everything that they’ve accomplished and everything we’ve done together, this group. It’s really been amazing.”
The Cowgirls have games against Milwaukee and Texas Tech remaining on the schedule before the Big 12 Tournament.