Two minutes. That’s all it took for the Oklahoma State women’s soccer team toassert dominance in its 3-0 win against Kansas State (0-1) in Manhattan on Saturday night.
It all started with the Cowgirls’ (1-0) opening possession of the match. OSU’s focus was on getting the opening goal and found it through Grace Yochum.
Yochum, a midfielder for the Cowgirls, pushed forward into the open space. The result was the perfect start for OSU. She took a gentle first touch, let the ball bounce and then chipped it into the open net.
K-State goalkeeper Alaina Werremeyer was positioned too far away from her goal and couldn’t recover. Two minutes later, she was picking the ball out of her net again.
OSU promptly won the ball from the K-State center kick and took its chance. Gabriella Coleman dribbled the ball across the box from left to right and capitalized on another Kansas State miscommunication.
The central defenders didn’t lunge in to prevent the Coleman attack. Coleman held off the defenders and lined up her shot. Once the keeper realized the issue, Coleman had crushed the ball around her and into the top corner to double the Cowgirls lead.
The quick lead changed the strategy for OSU coach Colin Carmichael and the Cowgirls coaching staff.
“It changed everything,” Carmichael said. “From our perspective, it just gave us a huge lift, and I’m sure from their perspective it was deflating, but to go in 3-0 at half it sounds weird, but it is kind of awkward. It doesn’t happen that often and you get a little more conservative. We sat back a little bit and they came into the game and had a lot more possession.”
OSU controlled the rest of the match. Olyvia Dowell scored in the 32nd minute to seal the result. Then it was up to the OSU defense to maintain the lead.
They did that well.
Kansas State had few opportunities to get a goal back and didn’t execute its chances. At the final whistle, the Cowgirls had completed their first shutout. Carmichael gave senior Emily Plotz her first Big 12 start in goal, and she proved to be up for the challenge.
Carmichael was happy with the result after the recent scheduling change.
“Of course, very pleased with our performance considering no exhibition game, no nonconference games,” Carmichael said. “I thought both teams did well and the way we started the game was just the difference in the match.”