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Cowgirls ready for home opener against Iowa State

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Ally Jackson clears the ball during the Oklahoma State vs. Saint Louis match on Sunday September 08, 2019 at Neil Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, OK.

Game 2 of the Oklahoma State women’s soccer season is just around the corner.

The next opponent to face OSU is the Iowa State Cyclones. The Cowgirls have a mixed history with Iowa State, having won in Ames in 2019, but losing the past match in Stillwater.

OSU coach Colin Carmichael did not forget the past matchup in Stillwater.

“A couple years ago, they came in here and beat us, when we probably expected to beat them,” Carmichael said. “They’re always very physical, they’re always tough, they always play hard.”

The Cyclones will not look too similar. Iowa State hired coach Matt Fannon on Dec. 17, 2019, to replace Tony Minatta. In Fannon’s three seasons at Bowling Green State University, he led the team to a 41-18-7 mark.

Limited games make the scouting for the matchups more challenging for the Cowgirls’ coaching staff. Carmichael mentioned the similarity to the Kansas State matchup that OSU and Kansas State put together 24 hours in advance.

“Obviously, with a new coach a little bit (of) an unknown,” Carmichael said. “They’ve only played the one game this fall. So, we’re breaking down video on that as we speak. We’re trying to get a handle on what they do and what their system and shape is all about, but what we do know about Iowa State historically is they’ve always played really hard.”

The challenge is not the same for the players. Many players on the OSU roster have faced the Cyclones before and know the Cyclones personnel. Cowgirl defender Ally Jackson explained what she remembered from the past matchups with Iowa State.

“They always bring intensity and hard work,” Jackson said. “We don’t really haven’t watched any video or anything on them, so they’re not too sure just yet, but I know that our team will be ready.”

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