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Oklahoma State women’s soccer: Cowgirls to play season opener at Kansas State after Bedlam match postponed

Oklahoma exceeded the Big 12 Conference’s minimum standard of positive COVID-19 cases for competition.

The Oklahoma State women’s soccer team will start their season this weekend after all.

The Cowgirls’ Bedlam match against Oklahoma on Friday was postponed due to COVID-19 precautions, but OSU found a new opponent with Kansas State. OSU and K-State will kick off their seasons at 7 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas. The two programs were originally scheduled to close out the season Nov. 6 in Manhattan. Saturday’s match will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

OSU and OU will look to reschedule the Bedlam match at a later date.

Earlier this week, K-State and Texas Tech postponed their scheduled season opening match in Manhattan, which was also set to be played Friday, due to COVID-19 precautions within the Tech program.

The Bedlam match was also postponed for COVID-19 reasons as the Sooners exceeded the Big 12 Conference’s minimum standard for competition, which state teams must have 14 student-athletes available to play, including at least one goalkeeper.

The Big 12 ruled soccer along with football and volleyball as “high contact” sports that will have players tested for COVID-19 three times a week, according to the Big 12’s release Wednesday. If a student-athlete tests positive for coronavirus, they must go through an electrocardiogram (EKG), troponin blood test, echocardiogram and cardiac MRI.