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3 takeaways: Cowgirls end road trip on high note with win over Central Arkansas

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Xcaret Pineda

On Sunday afternoon, OSU concluded a four-match road trip with a 3-0 win against Central Arkansas.

The Cowgirls came away with a win, improving to 5-1-1 in their young 2022 campaign.

Here are three takeaways from OSU’s win over the Bears.

Yochum heating up:

Outside of a goal in OSU’s season-opening road win over Omaha, Grace Yochum had been stagnant offensively.

Last Thursday, things took a turn for the best for Yochum, as she broke her scoring drought, putting two balls in the back of the net. She carried over that offensive momentum into Sunday, scoring two more times, giving Yochum her fourth goal over a two match span, en route to a dominant 3-0 win for the Cowgirls over Central Arkansas.

In matches that Yochum does not score, the Cowgirls are just 2-1-1. However, in contests she does score in, OSU is a perfect 3-0 after Sunday’s victory.

Xcaret on the board:

OSU coach Colin Carmichael saw the potential in his first-year midfielder, and hadn’t been coy of it.

Throughout the course of the 2022 season, Carmichael had stated how true freshman Xcaret Pineda had a surplus of power, but needed more time to get going and showcase her full potential on the field.

Pineda, a highly touted recruit out of high school, hadn’t scored a goal through six matches in 2022. On Sunday, that changed. On a short from the top of the penalty box, the freshman midfielder lined a ball into the right side of the net, giving Pineda the first goal of her college career.

A “successful” road trip:

2-1-1 in a four-match road trip may not be eye-catching. But Carmichael will take it. After going 0-1-1 with a draw to Florida Atlantic and a loss to Miami, Carmichael stated in last week’s media availability how a perfect second half to OSU's road trip would be a massive win in his eyes.

The Cowgirls did just that, going a perfect 2-0, taking down Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, and Central Arkansas on Sunday to capture momentum heading into the final two of the non-conference slate.

With Big 12 conference play right around the corner, ending non-conference play on a high note was almost imperative for OSU. After winning its last two matches and scoring eight goals during that span, the Cowgirls will look to stay hot this coming Thursday in a home match against Mercer.

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