Much like a human fingerprint, no goal in soccer is identical to another.
The Oklahoma State University soccer team proved that rule three times on Saturday night in a 3-0 victory over Kansas State (0-1). Three different Cowgirls got in on the goal-scoring action, each was equally unique and noteworthy.
“We’re very dynamic up front,” said OSU coach Colin Carmichael of the goals scored in the win. “I think our pace and our athleticism might cause some trouble the rest of the year.”
The first goal of the 2020 Cowgirl (1-0) soccer season was scored by junior midfielder Grace Yochum. There was some thought that a shortened training camp due to COVID-19 would cause the team to get off to a slow start, but Yochum blew that theory out of the water on a beautiful goal not even two minutes into the game.
As the Kansas State University goalkeeper came forward to cut off Yochum’s angle to the goal, sheYochum chipped the ball over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net. Yochum pushed the pace on her run-uprun up to the goal, which is exactly what Carmichael said will be effective later this season.
Seemingly before the Wildcats had a chance to blink, the Ccowgirls scored again. Senior forward Gabriella Coleman scored the second goal of the game for OSU with 42:37 remaining in the first half.
Coleman used her physicality to create a traffic jam at the front of the net. She dribbled the ball while maneuvering around a scrum of people and found herself staring at a wide-open net. Coleman left no doubt and fired in a left-footedleft footed shot to give OSU a multi-goal lead not even five5 minutes into the match.
The final OSU goal was the only one that came off of a set-pieceset piece. With 13:35 to play in the first half, sophomore midfielder Olyvia Dowell was fouled around 20 feet away from the side of the Wildcat’s box.
The ball was up for grabs off of the OSU free-kickfree kick. Senior midfielder Camy Huddleston headed it to sophomore forward Olyvia Dowell, who promptly launched the bouncing ball through the dive of the Wildcat goalkeeper for the final nail of the K-State coffin.
“We’ll continue to work on (our game) but of course we’re pleased to go on the road and get a 3-0 win,” Carmichael said.