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Repord card: OSU v. Kansas State

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Cowgirl Soccer vs. Kansas State

Sophomore defender Charmé Morgan and junior foward Haley Woodard celebrate after Morgan scores and goal to tie the game up at 1-1. (Stillwater, Oklahoma, Oct. 20, 2017)

It didn’t take long for OSU to earn a 3-0 victory on Saturday against the Kansas State Wildcats.

The Cowgirls were clinical in front of goal and dominated on both ends to secure the first shutout in the 2020 season. Here’s how OSU graded over the opening weekend.

Forwards: A-

Gabriella Coleman got onto the scoresheet with the second OSU opportunity and dominated the OSU attacking presence when she was on the pitch. The Cowgirls relied on Coleman to contend with the K-State defense by herself after halftime, sending lofted through balls for the forward to chase down near the Wildcats’ box.

Midfield: A

Grace Yochum opened the scoring for OSU with a beauty. She made a controlled first touch and turned a through ball into a wonderful chip to beat the keeper after two minutes. Camy Huddleston linked up with Olyvia Dowell later in the half, steering the ball into the midfielder’s path with a perfectly placed header. OSU’s midfield controlled the pace and forced the issue often.

Defenders: B+

Ally Jackson’s delivery to Yochum for the opening goal was well placed, even though Yochum had to make a good controlled touch to volley it. Besides that, the OSU defense rose to the challenge. The Wildcats had multiple corners — defenders conceded the opportunities — and failed to capitalize. K-State had a free kick near the box saved well.

Goal Keeping: A

One game, one shutout for the OSU keepers. Not much scrutiny can be found for the OSU newcomer Emily Plotz in her Cowgirls debut. She had one save and was not tested much by the Kansas State attackers. OSU coach Colin Carmichael seemed comfortable with Plotz in goal, and she will get the chance to build on the opener against Iowa State on Friday.

Overall: A-

OSU looked dominant in its opener. The Cowgirls outclassed K-State and made their chances count early. Although they look in mid-season form, I am confident the team will improve as the year progresses.

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