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Quick thoughts from OSU Soccer’s victory at Saint Louis

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OSU forward Gabriella Coleman goes for the ball during the Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Bedlam soccer match on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at John Crain Field in Norman, Ok.

It took overtime, but the Oklahoma State soccer team prevailed against Saint Louis. The Cowgirls responded well to the three-hour delay in the shutout, while improving to 8-2-1 overall.

Here are a few quick thoughts.

Flawless spring slate

OSU defeated Little Rock 3-0 six days ago. Now, the Cowgirls double their shutout minutes total in the 1-0 win to start their two-game road trip.

The Cowgirls defending is looking superb. The Billikens produced seven shots on target, and OSU keeper Emily Plotz saved them all. The shots didn’t cause Plotz many issues.

Saint Louis peppered the Cowgirls box in overtime but didn’t take advantage. When OSU’s counter attack got going, the Billikens had committed to many bodies forward. Eventually the winning goal formed.

Grace Yochum: Money from the spot

Olyvia Dowell made a great run deep into overtime. The Cowgirls quickly played her the ball and looked in on goal.

She stumbled after contact with a Saint Louis defender in the box and went to the ground. The whistle blew and a raucous crowd of 300 people realized the gravity of the decision.

The burden of converting the penalty fell to OSU’s consistent choice: Grace Yochum. She proved why.

Yochum stepped up and drilled it hard and low to the right of the keeper to capture the win.

OSU still has athleticism

The Cowgirls athleticism continued causing the Billikens problems as the match increased in urgency.

Gabriella Coleman and Charmé Morgan seemed like the most potent threats. Coleman made runs outside the defenders while Morgan cut inside to force the issue.

The big OSU chances relied on continuous speed. Morgan found Coleman slashing across the box, but the shot took a deflection before being cleared off the line.

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