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Report card: OSU vs. TCU

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Cowgirl goalkeeper Emily Plotz winds up for a drop kick during the Cowgirl soccer game against TCU on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater.

The struggles continued for the Oklahoma State women’s soccer team in its home match against TCU.

After a performance against Baylor in Waco left much to be desired, the Cowgirls underwhelmed in the final five minutes against the Horned Frogs in the 2-1 loss. Here is how the team graded out.

Possession play: B

OSU did well when it had possession. The Cowgirls produced decent opportunities around the goal, beating Emily Alvarado once and forcing spectacular saves from the TCU keeper. The Horned Frogs began forcing the issue after falling behind. They had the OSU backline pinned for major moments in the second half. OSU welcomed the pressure and didn’t relieve the defenders.

Goalkeeping: B-

This game was arguably the most OSU has depended on Emily Plotz all season. Plotz conceded twice, even though the only goal she conceded in regular time was off an unlucky deflection. Most of TCU’s shots were blocked at the source, not troubling Plotz for more than goal kicks. The overtime goal was tough for any keeper to stop. Plotz dived to her right to prevent the shot from scoring, but it was out of her reach. This is the first game in Plotz’s OSU career where she conceded multiple goals. Although neither were solely her fault, that will hurt the grade.

Hannah Webb’s first collegiate goal: A+

What a way to get the first goal of her college career. Webb took a great controlled touch and lofted a shot over TCU goalkeeper Emily Alvarado’s head, before dropping below the crossbar. Alvarado attempted to dive for it, but the placement made it impossible to keep out. The goal gave OSU the lead and nearly was the winner, if not for the late equalizer and overtime winner from the Horned Frogs.

Slamming the door on a comeback: D

After not finding a winner against Baylor a week ago, OSU took the lead against TCU and didn’t try to extend it well. OSU had decent efforts at goal, but none were guaranteed finishes. Alvarado made great saves, but OSU was forced to take shots from long distance. This gave Alvarado more time to react, making some of the saves possible. TCU began chasing the game with 10 minutes left, sending more bodies forward. OSU conceded when the Horned Frogs committed to attacking the defense.