STILLWATER, Okla. - The second-largest crowd in Oklahoma State soccer history watched the 19th-ranked Cowgirls open the 2010 season with a 1-0 win over Bedlam-rival Oklahoma in a non-conference match Friday night at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
Kyndall Treadwell's goal in the 36th minute lifted OSU to the victory in front of the overflow crowd of 1,703 fans. The only other match at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex with more fans in attendance was the 2003 Bedlam game when 2,307 people saw the Cowgirls battle OU to a scoreless draw.
With the win, OSU ran its unbeaten streak to 11 matches, just two shy of the school mark. The Cowgirls also extended their winning streak over the Sooners to six.
"Any win in Bedlam is a good win, and in the first game of the season we just wanted to get off to a good start," said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. "The performance needs work, but overall I'm pretty pleased. When you beat OU, you've got to be very happy."
OSU owned an 11-6 advantage in shots in the opening half and finally got on the scoreboard at the 35:46 mark. Annika Niemeier won possession and sent a perfect pass to Treadwell, who beat a defender and sent a shot past OU goalie Kelsey Devonshire from 12-yards out.
The Sooners outshot the home team in the second half, but OSU's stout defense kept the shutout intact.
Sophomore goalie AD Franch picked up right where she left off a year ago, recording four saves and notching the 12th shutout of her career. That total ranks third in school history, and Franch also moved into fifth on OSU's career saves list with 79.
OU's best chance to score came at the 19:03 mark, but Jordan White's blast from 25-yards out was saved over the crossbar by a leaping Franch.
"Kyndall stepped up and scored a great goal... but we know the strength of this team right now is the defense," Carmichael said.
OSU returns to action Friday when they travel to Eugene, Ore., to take on Oregon before a showdown of ranked teams on Sunday when the Cowgirls are at No. 3 Portland.