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Cowgirls Begin Season With Tough Loss at Oklahoma

Losing your season opener is always tough to swallow, especially when it's against the team in crimson.

The Oklahoma State Cowgirl season got off on the wrong foot. An incomplete Oklahoma State soccer squad fell to Bedlam rival Oklahoma 2-0 on Friday night in Norman.The Cowgirls out-shot the Lady Sooners 14-7, but with the Pokes leading scorer absent, they couldn't manage to find the back of the net.

Courtney Dike is currently representing Nigeria in the Under-20 World Cup in Canada, and will not return to Stillwater until Monday. In Dike's absence, freshman Anna Beffer made her first collegiate start at forward and tried to fill the void which Dike left. Beffer came out firing in the first half, shooting twice, and coach Colin Carmichael said Beffer was the team's best attacking threat in the opening half.

Allie Stephenson took her shots as well, and ended up matching Beffer's three shots on the game. But, just like Beffer, Stephenson also failed to score. Madison Mercado also had three shots in the match.

After a slow start, the Sooners scored the only goal they ultimately needed at the 26:37 mark. Rachel Ressler scored the ten yard goal off of Lizzie Luallin's assist.

OU scored once more on what's best described as a fluke. Devin Barrett's shot came from long range, and what seemed like an easy save for OSU's Rosa Medina, bounced off the keeper's hands and rolled into the goal to extend the Sooners' lead at 40:03. Both teams were quiet in the second half to seal Oklahoma's Bedlam victory.

"Obviously when you play a rival it's a bit more difficult (to bounce back), but every game counts the same and we just lost a game. That's the first game of the season and not the last. We told them that. It's disappointing, we're upset, but you know we can do better and it's the first game of the year, so if we're gonna be down in the dumps about this it's gonna be a long season, so we'll bounce back Sunday," Carmichael said after the loss.

The Cowgirls will return to action Sunday at Arkansas. Arkansas ended Oklahoma State's season last year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Look for the Cowgirls to enter the match with a chip on their shoulder.

Sunday's match is set to begin at 7 p.m. from Fayetteville, Ark.