28 Sep Cowgirl Soccer Travels North For First Big 12 Road Test
Thurs., Sept. 30 • 6 p.m. • Ames, Iowa
Cyclone Soccer Complex (1,500)
TV/Video: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
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About Oklahoma State
• Oklahoma State is 6-4-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in Big 12 Conference play after a home win over Kansas in its last match. The Cowgirls travel to Ames, Iowa, for their lone match this week as they face Iowa State Thursday night.
• 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 Cyclones
• Iowa State is 3-6-0 overall and opened Big 12 play last week with a 4-0 loss at West Virginia. The Cyclones have been outscored by a combined 12-7 margin this season.
• Matt Fannon is in his second season as ISU’s head coach and owns a 6-12-4 record at the school. He has previous head coaching stints at Bowling Green State and Wittenberg.
• OSU is 13-10-2 in the all-time series with Iowa State and has won the last two meetings. The Cowgirls are 5-7-1 all time in Ames.
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.
OSU ranked seventh nationally with 40 goals last season, and all eight players who combined for that total return in 2021.
The Cowgirls’ scoring attack is led by the big three of Olyvia Dowell, Grace Yochum and Gabriella Coleman, a trio that held down the top three scoring spots in the Big 12 in 2020-21. Dowell and Yochum both had 12 goals, a total that ranked sixth in the NCAA, while Coleman found the back of the net nine times.
In 2019, OSU was 14th nationally with 50 goals as it averaged 2.27 goals per game.
In a preseason vote of the conference’s head coaches, OSU was picked to finish third in the Big 12 race in 2021 behind West Virginia and defending champion TCU.
OSU led the league with three Preseason All-Big 12 selections as Olyvia Dowell, Kim Rodriguez and Grace Yochum earned that distinction.
In The Rankings
OSU had its streak of appearing in the national rankings snapped on Sept. 7, falling out of the polls after 35 consecutive weeks being ranked.
The Cowgirls were ranked as high as No. 16 in this season’s United Soccer Coaches poll. In this week’s United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region rankings, OSU sits sixth behind TCU, West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech and Buffalo; OSU is No. 67 in the official NCAA RPI.
A year ago, OSU peaked at No. 4 in the polls during the fall season and came in at No. 14 in the final United Soccer Coaches rankings and No. 12 in the final TopDrawerSoccer.com poll.
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.
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.
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 62 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 is second on the team this season with three 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.
With three assists this season, Dowell has 18 in her career to move her into a tie for 10th on OSU’s all-time list.
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