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Bye-bye fatigue: Cowgirls earn long break before tournament game

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OSU forward Gabriella Coleman passes during the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Bedlam soccer match on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at John Crain Field in Norman, Ok.

The Cowgirls are in the NCAA soccer tournament.

Hearing his team’s name called Monday afternoon in Neal Patterson Stadium didn’t come as a surprise to Oklahoma State coach Colin Carmichael. In fact, the only thing that surprised him was that OSU was awarded a 10-seed.

“If I had been asked, I would have said we’re somewhere between 14-20,” Carmichael said. “So, to get a 10 (seed), I think shows the committee had a lot of respect for what we did and also a lot of respect for the Big 12.”

Unlike the more familiar NCAA basketball tournaments, a 10-seed in the NCAA soccer tournament is a favorable spot to be in, especially this year in a condensed field. The Cowgirls earned a good enough seed to have a first-round bye.

“I think it will definitely be nice and will probably be an advantage cause we get to sit and rest for a couple of extra days where other teams are going out and playing and have to turn around and play again,” OSU defender Charmé Morgan said.

OSU will have 18 days between its final regular season match against Notre Dame and its first NCAA Tournament match, on April 30.

“We’ll have to make sure we’re managing our training and our loads correctly and trying to keep our kids sharp without doing too much. Part of me would like to play in the first round but at the same time, how can you be upset about getting a bye to the second round of the NCAA’s?” Carmichael said.

OSU will face the winner of Colorado and South Alabama, Carmichael’s alma mater.

“If (South Alabama) advances against Colorado, that would be really cool to get to play against the Jags,” Carmichael said. “There are some people in the administration (who I know) who are still there, and I have some really good friends down in Mobile. I got to say, I’ll probably be pulling for the Jags.”

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