19 Oct Cowgirl Soccer Hosts Bedlam, Travels To Texas
Thurs., Oct. 21 • 7 p.m. • Stillwater, Okla.
Neal Patterson Stadium (2,500)
Sun., Oct. 24 • 1 p.m. • Austin, Texas
Mike A. Meyers Stadium (20,000)
TV/Video: Thurs. – Big 12 Now on ESPN+ (Mike Wolfe & Anna Beffer)
Sun. – Longhorn Network (Alex Loeb & Jill Loyden)
Radio: Thurs. – Stillwater Radio KGFY 105.5 FM/stillwaterradio.net (Bill Van Ness)
Sun. – n/a
Live Stats: Thurs. – okstate.statbroadcast.com
Sun. – texassports.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/
Twitter In-Game Updates: @CowgirlFC
About Oklahoma State
• Oklahoma State is 7-5-2 on the season and sixth in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 2-2-1 league mark. The Cowgirls close out their regular season home schedule with a Thursday night Bedlam match before traveling to Austin to take on league-leading Texas on Sunday.
• OSU is coming off a 13-3-2 showing last season, one in which the Cowgirls finished third in the Big 12 Conference standings at 6-2-1. OSU earned its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship as the tourney’s No. 10 national seed and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in program history.
• OSU returns 21 letterwinners from last season, including nine starters and five All-Big 12 performers.
• The 2021 season is the 26th in program history; over the first 25, OSU posted a 302-167-56 (.629) record. Head coach Colin Carmichael entered his 17th season at the helm in 2021 with a 219-87-43 mark.
Scouting The Sooners
• Oklahoma is 6-9-1 on the season and sits seventh in the Big 12 standings with a 2-4-0 mark. OU picked up its first two conference wins of the season last week, beating Kansas and Kansas State at home.
• Mark Carr is in his second season as OU’s head coach and has led the Sooners to a 7-21-2 record.
• OSU is 29-9-4 in the all-time series with OU and has won five straight, including a 2-0 triumph in August in a non-conference game in Norman.
Scouting The Longhorns
• Texas takes a nine-match unbeaten streak and an 8-3-4 record into a Thursday home game against West Virginia. The 21st-ranked Longhorns are atop the Big 12 standings with a 4-0-2 conference mark.
• Angela Kelly is in her 10th season at Texas, where she owns a 92-62-20 record. She also spent 12 seasons as Tennessee’s head coach and posted a 160-84-20 mark.
• OSU is 13-10-7 in the all-time series with Texas and is on a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Longhorns. The Cowgirls are 6-0-3 during the streak, with their last loss to UT coming in 2012 in Austin.
Winning Is A Habit
Now in its 26th season, Oklahoma State soccer has built itself into an established winner.
• OSU has earned a berth in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship 12 of the last 15 years (beginning in 2006) and six of the last eight.
• From 2006-11, the Cowgirls earned six-straight NCAA tourney bids and advanced to at least the second round each time, including back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2011.
• From 2008-11, OSU celebrated four consecutive Big 12 championships — two regular season (2008, ’11) and two tournament (’09, ’10). The Cowgirls also won regular season titles in 2017 and 2019.
Home Sweet Home
In three seasons at Neal Patterson Stadium, OSU has compiled a 29-7-3 record (.782) on its home turf, including a 6-2-1 mark this season.
The Cowgirls went 10-0-1 on their home field in 2019, the seventh time in program history OSU has gone undefeated at home in a season. Seven of those wins came via shutout, and OSU did not allow a goal in its first five home matches.
OSU was 84-16-10 (.809) at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex from 2008-17 and was 142-40-17 (.756) all time on its former home turf.
Oklahoma State has had five players selected as All-Big 12 Conference performers in each of the last two seasons.
Earning 2020 All-Big 12 First Team honors for the Cowgirls were defender Kim Rodriguez and forward Olyvia Dowell, while defender Charmé Morgan, midfielder Grace Yochum and forward Gabriella Coleman were named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.
Only four times in program history have five or more Cowgirls garnered all-conference recognition. A program-record seven Cowgirls earned All-Big 12 status in 2011 while OSU also had five All-Big 12 performers in 2010, 2019 and 2020.
Rodriguez earned All-Big 12 First Team accolades for the second consecutive season in 2020 and is now a three-time all-conference performer in her career. Both distinctions place her in rare company – she is only the sixth player in OSU history to earn first-team status twice or more in a career, and she is just the eighth Cowgirl to be named all-conference three or more times.
Welcome Back, Nice To See You Again
Oklahoma State has four “Super Seniors” on its roster in 2021, with Gabriella Coleman, Charmé Morgan, Kim Rodriguez and Hannah Webb each taking advantage of an extra season of eligibility offered by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic that altered the 2020 season.
Coleman, Rodriguez and Webb are each in their fifth collegiate season (Coleman spent her first two at Mississippi State before transferring), while Morgan is in her sixth year after also being granted a medical redshirt in 2018.
Entering the ’21 season, the Cowgirls’ Super Seniors had combined to play in 306 games and made 280 career starts.
Kim Rodriguez became the fifth All-American in Cowgirl Soccer history in 2019 when she was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team as a defender. She joined a list of OSU All-Americans that included Yolanda Odenyo, Melinda Mercado, AD Franch and Haley Woodard.
Last season, Rodriguez repeated as a second-team All-American to become the fourth Cowgirl to collect multiple All-America accolades in her career, joining Odenyo, Mercado and Franch on that list.
She’s A Giver
Kim Rodriguez is tied for fifth on OSU’s all-time assists list with 23. She had at least three assists in each of her first four seasons, including a career-best seven in 2019, and has two thus far in 2021.
After shining at the youth level for Mexico’s national teams and playing in the 2014 and 2016 FIFA U-17 World Cups and the 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Kim Rodriguez was selected for the Mexico National Team in February 2019 and earned her first-career cap as a starter against Italy at the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup.
Rodriguez played for Mexico at the 2019 Pan American Games, scoring her first-career goal vs. Panama and helping Mexico to a fifth-place finish at the games.
Scoring In Bunches
Grace Yochum has established herself as one of the Big 12’s top goal scorers, and she is chasing history as OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer.
In 65 career games, Yochum has amassed 31 goals, which is tied for fourth on OSU’s all-time list; she is four away from tying the record of 35 held by Yolanda Odenyo and Jolene Schweitzer.
As a freshman in 2018, Yochum tallied four goals. She followed that with 11 as a sophomore and netted 12 last season, a total that ranked sixth in the NCAA.
Yochum had two streaks of six consecutive games with a goal that spanned last season — Oct. 6, 2019 vs. K-State-Sept. 18, 2020 vs. Iowa State and Nov. 12, 2020 vs. OU-March 27, 2021 vs. OU.
G Stands For Goals
Gabriella “G” Coleman scored 18 goals in her two first two seasons with the Cowgirls, netting nine goals in both 2019 and 2020-21, and she is second on the team this season with four goals.
Last season, four of Coleman’s goals came in the postseason as she netted two goals each against South Alabama and Texas A&M in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. In 2019, she also showed a penchant for scoring when it mattered most, tallying two goals in the Big 12 Soccer Championship and scoring OSU’s lone NCAA tourney goal.
Coleman spent her first two collegiate seasons at Mississippi State and scored three goals in 32 games.
Olyvia Dowell has added firepower to the OSU attack since stepping on campus in 2019.
As a freshman, Dowell recorded five goals and eight assists, and she followed that with an even more impressive showing as a sophomore.
Last season, Dowell ranked fifth in the NCAA with 31 points as she tallied 12 goals and seven assists. Her 12 goals tied for the Big 12 lead along with teammate Grace Yochum and ranked sixth nationally; the seven assists topped the conference. Dowell’s goal total also marked the most ever goals by an OSU sophomore, and the 31 points was the seventh most in a single season in program history.
Dowell leads the Cowgirls with five goals and three assists this season. Four of her goals have come in Big 12 play, and she has moved into a tie for 10th on OSU’s all-time assists list with 18.
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