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August 11, 2012

Cowgirl soccer tops Arkansas 2-0 in exhibition game

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University soccer coach Colin Carmichael was hoping to get two things out of Saturday’s scrimmage against the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks — stay healthy and get a starting point for the 2012 season.

The No. 5 Cowgirls controlled the offensive and got goals from senior Megan Marchesano and sophomore George Christie in a 2-0 exhibition victory at the Cowgirl Soccer complex.

“Our kids have been playing and training hard for 10 days,” Carmichael said. “To see them against another team was great. Four or five things we were really happy with. Four of five things we need to work on for next week. That’s exactly what we needed to see.”

The Cowgirls, playing in their first match since the spring scrimmages, dominated the offensive end with 11 shots on goal and eight corner kicks in the first half. Christie made several runs in the offensive end. Christie finished with five shots on goal.

Senior Megan Marchesano scored the only goal in the first half, shooting just outside of the six-yard box in the 20th minute.

“I saw the keeper had the back post and I was going to chip it near and as I did I hit the wall,” Marchesano said. “As the rebound came back, I saw they came running out and there was a space in the upper corner (of the net) and that’s where I hit it.”

Arkansas only recorded six shots on goal and three corner kicks.

OSU continued it’s strong attack in the second half. Kristen Kelly kicked the ball across the penalty area, straight to the head of Christie who put it in the right corner of the net in the 50th minute. The Cowgirls outshot Arkansas 17-6. Christie said the defense set up the offense.

“We worked on defensive shape and keeping the ball,” Christie said. “I think our defense helped a lot with our possession.”

The Cowgirls open the regular season Friday against University of Missouri in Kansas City. Carmichael said they need to work on ball retention.

“We gave the ball away too easily,” Carmichael said. “There was too many times that we had clean possession. For what ever reason we made some bad choices and gave it away.”

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