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Missed chances squander OSU soccer's title defense chances

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Cowgirl defender Mollie Breiner looks to pass during the Cowgirl soccer game against TCU on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater.

The run of bad luck and subpar performances continued for the Oklahoma State soccer team in its 1-0 loss at Kansas.

OSU didn’t control the possession play as well as the Jayhawks, allowing Kansas (4-1-0 overall) to play out from the back in its defensive-minded formation.

That changed in the 26th minute when Gabriella Coleman was played in behind the Kansas defense, beating the offsides trap.

Coleman had a step but lacked a finish. Instead, she couldn’t get the ball out of her feet. Kansas’ crises was averted when the defender made a solid tackle to intercept the point-blank opportunity.

OSU (3-2-1) seemed content with the 0-0 score line until a Kim Rodriguez handball placed Kansas in position to take the lead five minutes before halftime.

Ceri Holland kicked it bottom right to beat OSU keeper Emily Plotz,s the Cowgirls were chasing the game from behind afterward. OSU coach Colin Carmichael said the Cowgirls didn’t look like themselves in the first half.

“Sometimes you don’t have a great half of soccer, you don’t play well, but our effort was unacceptable,” Carmichael said. “We just got outcompeted and outworked and that’s not a hallmark of this group. So, we addressed that at halftime and told them in no uncertain terms, it just needed to be better (in the) second half.”

After halftime, they had plenty of equalizing opportunities.

Rodriguez nearly made up for her mistake three minutes into the second half. She set her sight for goal and drilled the ball off the crossbar, beating Kansas keeper Sarah Peters’ saving attempt.

The rebound fell straight to Charmé Morgan, who lined up a shot while Peters remained on the ground. The shot sailed over the crossbar and allowed the Jayhawks to recover from the early onslaught.

The missed chances only continued as the game progressed.

Kansas committed multiple fouls on the edge of its box, but OSU midfielder Grace Yochum couldn’t capitalize, despite solid efforts forcing Peters to make catches moving to her right.

OSU had multiple corners in the final 10 minutes, getting a few chances to force overtime. None of them amounted to major stress for the keeper. Carmichael liked the effort in the second half, even though the match impression was a missed opportunity.

“If you spot somebody a goal at the start and don’t really show up for 45 minutes, you’ve wasted half the game,” Carmichael said. “And I think if we’d played with the effort and energy we did in the second half, we might have got something from this game. So, Kansas played well and they’re a very difficult team to beat, but from our perspective it’s disappointing.”

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