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Belting shots and lyrics: A Beldam night in Norman

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OSU defender Ally Jackson goes for the ball during the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Bedlam soccer match on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at John Crain Field in Norman, Ok.

Ben Hutchens and Sam Hutchens break down OSU's 1-0 victory over OU.

The Oklahoma State women’s soccer team’s defeat of the Oklahoma Sooners makes the team’s bus ride back to Stillwater a lot more fun.

“I mean, it’s going to be popping in there,” OSU midfielder Grace Yochum said. “I’m going to get the (karaoke) mic and we’re going to have a good time. (A win) makes (the bus ride) a lot shorter and a lot more fun.”

There won’t be any protesting if Yochum gets first crack at bus ride karaoke because it was her goal in the 61st minute of the match that lifted the Cowgirls to a 1-0 victory. OSU sophomore Olyvia Dowell shot a ball that resulted in an OU handball, giving Yochum a chance to score.

The Oklahoma Sooners (0-7-1) have only scored two goals all season, but gusting winds and cold temperatures in Norman on Thursday night left lots up to chance. The Cowgirls (6-2-1) knew their defense had to be sharp to leave Norman with a win.

“Our defense played well,” OSU coach Colin Carmichael said. “I mean, we had one or two moments, obviously, as you would expect during a game that were tough. I thought (the defenders) stood up to the long balls and the high balls that OU was serving.”

The match was physical, OSU defender Hannah Webb even came to the post-match press conference pressing an ice pack to her hip to remedy a hit she took earlier in the match.

“It’s a bedlam game, and that’s the kind of stuff that happens. It was just a really hotly fiercely contested game,” Carmichael said.

The Bedlam victory marked the final OSU soccer match of 2020.

“I think it was a fitting crazy end to a crazy year, I mean (in) Bedlam (there is) always just so much craziness surrounding it," Webb said. "The aggression, the really hard play, it was a really rough game and I’m happy we came out with a win.”

Last year, after beating the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, Yochum said she got her teammates hyped up by singing “take me home country roads.”

On this bus ride, Yochum will begin her karaoke session singing “Oklahoma!”

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