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Three takeaways: OSU defeats SFA, Yochum breaks record

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Grace Yochum

The Cowgirls found their rhythm against the Lumberjacks

Through the first five games of the year, the Cowgirls scored eight goals. Thursday night against Stephen F. Austin, they scored over half of that. Coach Colin Carmichael decided to roll the dice with a 3-5-2 formation and he won the gamble.

Here are three takeaways from OSU’s Thursday night 5-0 victory over SFA.

Yochum makes history

Yochum scored the first two goals of the match and started the second-half surge by the Cowgirls. Yochum hadn’t scored since the preseason match against Central Oklahoma. Her first goal tied the all-time goal record at OSU. Her second goal was the one that immortalized her in Cowgirl soccer history. She has 36 goals over her five-year OSU career, more than anyone in program history.

Second-half surge

After Yochum’s second goal two minutes into the second half, Olyvia Dowell followed with a goal ten minutes later. 27 minutes later, Niah Johnson scored, the first of her Cowgirl career. Freshman Gracie Bindbeutel followed with a goal of her own. The Cowgirls played with an entirely different flame in the second half.

Rebound performance

Jordan Nytes had a strong rebound performance after giving up two goals to Miami last Sunday. Nytes had seven saves in the game including multiple athletic stops. In addition to Nytes performance, the defense by the Cowgirls was suffocating, turning defense into quick offense. The SFA offense was unable to get into a rhythm, which could also be attributed to the formation change Carmichael made.