Grace Yochum and Gabriella Coleman both scored two minutes into the match, and the Oklahoma State women’s soccer team won their season opener 3-0 against Kansas State on Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas.
Ally Jackson sent a touch pass to Yochum, who chipped it from the edge of the box over KSU goalkeeper Alaina Werremeyer to give the reigning Big 12 regular-season champions a 1-0 lead only 1:58 into the match.
Coleman made it 2-0 when she bullied her way through KSU’s defense in the box and fired a shot into the net.
Charmé Morgan then sent a set piece from a free kick into the box where Cameron Huddleston headed the rebound to Oyvia Dowell, who blasted a shot to the bottom right corner Werremeyer couldn’t control for a 3-0 lead in the 31st.
OSU’s defense made things easy for goalkeeper Emily Plotz, who did not have to make a save until there were nine minutes remaining in the match on a free kick attempt.
KSU and OSU were both without some of their starters. Wildcats midfielder Brookelynn Entz and goalkeeper Rachel Harris were out, and Cowgirl defender Kim Rodriguez was also on the bench.
Rodriguez, a Mexican national team player and 2019 unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection, served a one-match suspension for a red card in the Cowgirls’ 3-1 loss to Santa Clara in the second round of last year’s NCAA Championship.
The Cowgirls and Wildcats both had their scheduled season openers postponed Friday because their opponents were not able to field a team of 14 players, including one goalkeeper, because of COVID-19 precautions. OSU was slated to play Bedlam rival Oklahoma in Norman while KSU was set to host Texas Tech.
Both postponed matches will be rescheduled to a later date. OSU and KSU were originally scheduled to meet in each team’s season finale of the Big 12-only schedule.
OSU (1-0) will host Iowa State (0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater. The Cyclones fell 2-0 to West Virginia on Friday in Ames, Iowa.