Oklahoma State lost for the first time in its opening five matches on Friday, moving its record to 3-1-1.
The Cowgirls’ season has now surpassed the halfway mark — OSU plays the round-robin in conference, totaling nine games — a stark contrast from the normal 20-plus game schedule in past seasons.
No nonconference tune-ups against teams OSU would dismantle make the season a unique experience. For this reason, it is a better representation to compare the 2020 Cowgirls’ start to the first five conference games from previous squads.
Let’s start with the most recent OSU comparison.
2019 OSU squad
The 2019 Cowgirls had an impressive 16-3-3 record, good enough to win the Big 12 in the process.
The success wasn’t as apparent through five conference games. OSU started 2-1-2, with draws against Oklahoma and TCU on the road. Texas Tech managed to beat the Cowgirls in its second conference game, the last loss OSU had until the conference tournament.
The goal success was higher than it is 2020. OSU had 10 goals in conference play compared to 2020’s eight. The Cowgirls finished 8-2-3 against the conference.
2017 OSU squad
A team with no draws in conference play, OSU’s 2017 squad started well against Oklahoma. It defeated the Sooners 2-1 and 4-1 in the opening two games against the conference.
OSU finished 10-2-0 with the only losses being a road match against West Virginia and a loss to Baylor to finish the season. Nine goals in the opening five games are better than the current pace, but not quite the level of 2019.
A 4-1-0 start is better than the current team, even though the finish is to be determined.
2011 OSU squad
One of the best teams in Oklahoma State history is the 2011 team. OSU finished the season with a 22-2-2 record, winning all five of its opening conference games.
OSU scored 12 goals in those five matches combined and didn’t drop points until game six against Texas (1-1 draw). The only conference loss came to Texas A&M on its last matchday of the regular season.
2020 cannot reach this pillar after the loss to TCU, but the postseason success is something OSU will continue to look toward to legitimize its season. The 2011 team made it to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight losing to No. 1 Stanford after a 93rd-minute goal.