Coach Colin Carmichael’s soccer wisdom proved true.
After all, he has managed the Oklahoma State women’s soccer squad for 17 seasons.
Three days after forward Gabriella Coleman missed six, Carmichael said she would bounce back.
And she did.
Her goal in the 17th minute lifted No. 24 Oklahoma State (2-1) to a 1-0 lead, ending in a 2-0 shutout against the Sooners (1-2). With the win, the Cowgirls have claimed the past five Bedlam matches — three consecutive shutouts. OSU holds a 29-9-4 series record over OU.
“It speaks to G’s (Gabriella) character as well, right?” Carmichael said. “I mean she could have pouted and put her head down and been woe is me after last week, she didn’t. And she stepped up us and got us on the scoresheet of crucial goal, to be honest… It’s easy to crumble in that moment, but she didn’t. She stepped up.”
But even to herself, the goal was a surprise.
Midfielder Grace Yochum blasted a pass toward the goal and Coleman was unmarked in front of OU goalkeeper Nikki Panas.
“I thought ‘Oh, that was a goal?’ and I see all my teammates running toward me and I thought I was offside,” she said.
Shortly thereafter, defenses on both sides tightened and shots turned into a scarcity. Fouls and yellow cards, however quickly added up. Five yellow cards were shown from the pocket of referee Richonne Clark — three for OU, two to OSU. The Cowgirls didn’t see a card in their first two matches.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Summer Chaffin, a former walk-on in her first career start, bagged her first collegiate goal.
“As a defender socring is something you always hope for but you don’t always expect out of yourself, but when it happened you’re obviously just overjoyed and excited that you got the opportunity to do it,” she said.