Transferring to a different school in a new state with brand new teammates and coaches can be a difficult challenge for some student-athletes. For OSU’s Emily Plotz, a transition to Stillwater has not been an issue.
Plotz, a native of Merritt Island, Florida, was honored this week as the Big 12 Goalkeeper of the Week following a shutout victory over Texas last Friday in Stillwater.
In the 69th minute versus Texas, Plotz made a fantastic leaping save as she punched a speedy strike from Texas’s Julia Grosso over the net to force a corner kick.
“We talked about Grosso a lot during film sessions and we knew she was a scoring threat,” Plotz said. “It was convenient I had worked on that exact save a few practices prior.”
Plotz has quickly learned about the quality offenses that exist in Big 12 soccer.
“In the Big 12, the offense requires you to always be alert because there are girls in this league that will take their shots much quicker and earlier than they did in the Atlantic Sun Conference when I played at Stetson,” Plotz said.
Plotz will look to take her momentum into Friday’s match versus Texas Tech, which will represent OSU’s final home game.
She’s coming off a strong game now, but when Plotz arrives as a graduate transfer, she was not on coach Colin Carmichael’s radar in fall of 2019. Last year’s starting goalkeeper Dani Greenlee had decided to forgo her senior year of eligibility and pursue medical school. This sudden change forced Carmichael and his coaching staff to recruit a few transfer goalkeepers.
“We tried to bring in some competition at the goalkeeper position and Emily was looking at a new home and a new fresh start for graduate school,” Carmichael said. “She has competed very well and won the starting job.”