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Zoller, Yochum fire Cowgirls past Ramblers

Bedlam Soccer 2018

Oklahoma State's Grace Yochum battles for the ball during the Cowgirls' home-opener against Oklahoma. 

The Oklahoma State women’s soccer team ended its first road trip of the season with a victory.

A pair of goals from Marlo Zoller and Grace Yochum lifted the Cowgirls to defeat Loyola-Chicago 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

OSU coach Colin Carmichael made two changes from the starting 11 after a tough 2-1 loss to Illinois on Friday. Goalkeeper Dani Greenlee started the first half, and Zoller replaced Taylor Olson on the left side of the front three.

Carmichael’s decision paid off for the Cowgirls (4-1). In the 20th minute, after chasing a long ball to the left side, Haley Woodard delivered a low cross to the top left of the 18-yard box. Zoller then beat a chasing defender and lifted the ball past the Ramblers’ goalkeeper to break the deadlock.

The Cowgirls doubled the advantage against the Ramblers (3-3) five minutes after the break. From a corner kick, Jaci Jones found a wide-open Yochum on the near post. Yochum then flicked the ball to the net to score her first collegiate goal.

Next, No. 14 OSU has a pair of home matches. The Cowgirls face California on Friday and San Francisco two days later.

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