Cowgirls Soccer Stays Perfect In Big 12
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State picked up its fourth Big 12 Conference win and ran its unbeaten streak to 10 matches as the No. 8 Cowgirls knocked off Iowa State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
Krista Lopez continued her scoring tear as the junior notched the only goal of the match in the 14th minute to help the Cowgirls improve to 11-1-1 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play.
“I’m happy with the win, not so happy with the performance,” said head coach Colin Carmichael. “We came out a little bit flat, and a credit to Iowa State, they played great. Their kids really got after us and made it difficult the whole way through. We played well at times and scored a great goal but didn’t put 90 minutes together, which is a little bit disappointing.
“It feels great to be 4-0. We know we’ve got some games coming up that will be very challenging, but so far so good. Everybody else (in the Big 12) has picked up a loss so it’s really good for us right now.”
The lone goal of the match was a perfectly executed attack nearly 14 minutes in. Colleen Dougherty brought the ball up the near side and sent a perfect pass through the box to a streaking Lopez, who delivered a shot past goalie Maddie Jobe.
The goal was the 11th of the season for Lopez, a total that ranks second in the league. It also ties for the eighth-most goals in a single season in history.
The Cowgirls outshot the visitors 11-4 in the opening half, but the second half would be a different story.
After intermission, (6-5-2, 1-2-0) mounted several scoring attacks, and the Cyclones outshot , 6-2, in the final 45 minutes.
But goalie AD Franch and the Cowgirl defense rose to the occasion and kept off the scoreboard. Franch recorded three saves, including a diving stop of a shot by Emily Hejlik with just over 14 minutes remaining.
The shutout was the seventh of the season for and the sixth of the season for Franch. The sophomore set the school record for shutouts in a season with 11 a year ago, and her six this season is tied for the fifth most in a single season.
“It wasn’t our best day, but we came out with a win and we’ll take it,” Franch said. “We’re always going for a shutout in the back, and our defense is excited about it.”
returns to action Friday when they travel to Lawrence, Kan., to take on Kansas at 4 p.m.