Four games into the spring slate, the Oklahoma State soccer team remains perfect.
It shouldn’t be a surprise. The Cowgirls have remained cognizant toward the challenges in their path, making quick work of previous foe Little Rock before staving off challenges from Saint Louis and North Texas in back-to-back weeks.
Entering Saturday, OSU made a required change and benefited. The Cowgirls took the lead against UTEP and didn’t look back, increasing the lead shortly after halftime and only building on the development.
Here are three thoughts from the match.
Near disastrous start turns into positive impact
Inside of five minutes into the match, OSU didn’t have dominance. Cowgirls senior Hannah Webb missed an opportunity wide and the Miners capitalized.
A deadly attacking opportunity indicated a UTEP lead, but the goal was called off due to a handball. The official stepped in and delivered the spirit-crushing news to the Miners celebrating players.
Four minutes later, Grace Yochum scored on a beautiful cross from Charmé Morgan to change a near UTEP one-goal cushion into a one-goal deficit.
Second half start puts game away
The sketchy start to the first half proved to be a stark contrast to the second half.
OSU scored two insurance-goals in the opening eight minutes, pushing the miniscule lead into a full-fledged rout. The second goal of the half came from Megan Haines, who scored at the back post for her first OSU goal.
Gabriella Coleman and Olyvia Dowell also scored within the first 21 minutes of second half action. The Cowgirls didn’t need more goals afterward. They comfortably played out the final minutes without stressing their defense.
Amber Lockwood’s start is straightforward
Perhaps the biggest thing to take away from the UTEP matchup resided in the Cowgirls box. Amber Lockwood made her first start of the season, replacing Emily Plotz after the senior picked up a red card in the Cowgirls victory at North Texas.
UTEP never tested Lockwood. Besides the goal taken off the board, the Miners managed merely three shots, none on target, and allowed the Cowgirls freshman to settle in after the scary start.
Lockwood asserted herself, claiming any threatening ball coming her way. The defense helped relieve pressure, allowing no corners in the dominating win.