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Physical Bedlam game comes down to penalty kick

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OSU midfielder Olyvia Dowell goes to pass during the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Bedlam soccer match on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at John Crain Field in Norman, Ok.

Ben Hutchens and Sam Hutchens break down OSU's 1-0 victory over OU.

The referee pointed to the spot.

The Oklahoma State soccer team had outplayed Oklahoma for most of its 1-0 win, but no moment impacted the match like the penalty decision in the 62nd minute.

Grace Yochum stepped up to the challenge without hesitation. As soon as she was able to take the penalty, Yochum kicked it into the top left corner with confidence. Oklahoma goalkeeper Nikki Panas wasn’t stopping it.

Oklahoma State (6-2-1) finishes its fall season in third place in the conference. The win is the second in 2020 away from Neal Patterson Stadium.

The success cannot be said for Oklahoma (0-7-1). The Sooners will take a trip to Lawrence on Sunday to finish the fall.

The moment nearly replicated the penalty kick Yochum scored against Iowa State. She went the same direction and had the same success.

The difference? This one decided Bedlam.

“With PK’s, the whole thing is about being confident when you step up,” Yochum said. “She was trying to get in my head and do whatever, but yeah. I was just trying to go low and I guess the wind caught it or I got a little excited and hit it up a little bit and leaned back and thankfully it still went in.”

OSU controlled the ball and had a plethora of chances to get the lead before halftime. Gabriella Coleman, Hannah Webb and Yochum had shots on target, but none came close to beating Panas.

The lack of success didn’t stop the Cowgirls from continuing to test the OU backline. When halftime came, OSU coach Colin Carmichael was not satisfied with 0-0.

“We were really frustrated at halftime because we got the ball into some great areas,” Carmichael said. “…I don’t know if we deserved to win by more, but we certainly had some opportunities.”

After the penalty, OSU remained in control as the OU attack moved up the field. The Sooners’ best chance to equalize came from a set piece that was destined for the top left side of OSU keeper Emily Plotz’s box.

Webb was in position and made a fantastic goal-line clearance with an attacker in her space.

OSU now waits to see if it qualified for the NCAA Tournament happening in the spring. A Bedlam win helps its chances.

“That’s a really great feeling,” Webb said. “Just with the craziness of the year, I think it was good for us and good for our confidence to end with a win. So, hopefully, we can carry that into the spring season.”