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Notebook: Overcoming injuries and earrings

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OSU freshman Samiah Phiri

OSU freshman Samiah Phiri against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Cowgirls (2-1) beat the Oklahoma Sooners (1-2) by a pair of goals in Thursday’s non-conference Bedlam matchup. Here are three notes from the game.

The Cowgirl soccer team improves all-time record against the Sooners to 28-9-4.

Coach Colin Carmichael has been on an incredible roll against OSU’s chief rival. He continuingly instills in his team the idea Bedlam is more than just another game.

“(The Bedlam record) means a lot personally,” Carmichael said. “I mean, I moved here from Alabama and I knew of the Bedlam rivalry simply from watching football and basketball on TV. But it was made clear to me when I arrived that this game means everything to Oklahoma State fans, and it means the world to me to beat these guys. It’s never easy no matter what the rankings are and especially in Norman.”

The Cowgirls have won the last 5 matchups, a streak senior forward Gabriella Coleman has been part of.

“Now that I’m in my fifth year I’m like ‘yeah, I still got the streak going and we’re still beating OU and that’s going to keep continuing until I’m gone,’” Coleman said.

Around 1,200 fans packed the stands of John Crain Stadium.

The majority of the fans wore Sooner crimson, but their presence impacted the game.

“I think it does give (our players energy),” Carmichael said. “Anytime you play in front of a big crowd I think it’s exciting.”

Injuries and earrings couldn’t keep the Cowgirls down.

The Cowgirls were without star defender Kim Rodriguez, who is working her way back into playing shape from a right ankle injury. Carmichael said he does not anticipate having Rodriguez back for Sunday’s matchup with Wright State but she could potentially play next week.

One player who made her season-debut was junior forward Olyvia Dowell, who returned from the COVID-19 quarantine period. Dowell was banged up in this game and is not yet operating at 100 percent.

“She wasn’t the Olyvia that we would expect, she was giving us minutes cause she’s such a great kid and such a hard worker,” Carmichael said.

Coleman scored the first goal of the game but did not start because it is against the rules to wear jewelry in a game. She had played the previous two games with tape over the earring but was not allowed to enter the field on Thursday until it was removed.