By NewsPress Staff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State’s women’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of 18th-ranked West Virginia in its Big 12 Conference opener Friday night at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
With the loss, OSU fell to 4-3-3, while West Virginia, the defending conference champion and the league’s preseason favorite, improved to 7-2-2.
The Cowgirls were outshot 21-5, while WVU also owned an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
“We were thoroughly outplayed by a very good West Virginia team — they were excellent tonight, and if they play that way all season they’ll have a chance to win the league,” said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. “But we just didn’t compete well enough. We had five shots at home and to me the reason for that was, good defending by West Virginia, but we didn’t have enough of the ball. If you don’t win the ball, how can you possibly go create chances? And I felt like we were second to every ball, didn’t compete for the first ball and were just a step off.
“It was a little bit flat performance and we weren’t very pleased with it, but hopefully we’ll do better on Sunday.”
WVU was the aggressor from the start, recording four shots in the game’s first six minutes, but the Cowgirls held the visitors off the scoreboard until the 43rd minute when Jess Crowder delivered a free kick from inside midfield that Kate Schwindel collected and deposited into the back of the net from 12 yards. The goal was Schwindel’s team-leading seventh of the season.
The Cowgirls nearly got the equalizer 33 seconds later, but a shot by Haley Maurice sailed just wide of the far post and WVU took a 1-0 advantage into intermission.
The visitors pushed their advantage to 2-0 at the 72:21 mark. This time it was a double assist from Annalika Steyn and Schwindel, with Kelsie Maloney heading in Schwindel’s cross from 6 yards past OSU keeper Michela Ongaro.
OSU’s lone score came in the 88th minute. After being fouled at the top of the 18-yard box, Courtney Dike delivered her Big 12-leading eighth goal of the season as she converted the penalty kick.
The Cowgirls return to action Sunday when they host Texas Tech at 1 p.m. The 14th-ranked Red Raiders are 10-1-0 and opened Big 12 play with a 2-1 win at Iowa State.