#13 Oklahoma State (6-1-0) vs. Mississippi State (6-1-0) Friday, Sept. 17 7 p.m. Cowgirl Soccer Complex (1,450) ... at Colorado College (3-2-1) Sunday, Sept. 19 2 p.m. Stewart Field (1,000)
Oklahoma State Oklahoma State is 6-1-0 on the season, and the Cowgirls own a four-game winning streak heading into this weekend's matches. With its strong start and a nucleus of proven veterans that has led the program to back-to-back conference championships, OSU is currently ranked as high as 13th nationally. The Cowgirls return to action with a pair of games this weekend. OSU will host Mississippi State Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex before travelling to Colorado Springs to take on Colorado College on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CST). OSU returned eight starters in 2010 from a squad that went 15-7-2 a year ago, won a Big 12 Soccer Championship title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the fourth consecutive year. The Cowgirls returned a trio of All-Big 12 First Team performers -- senior midfielder Annika Niemeier, junior defender Melinda Mercado and sophomore goalie AD Franch -- but Niemeier was lost for the rest of the '10 season after suffering a knee injury at Oregon last month. Colin Carmichael is in his sixth season as OSU's head coach. The Cowgirls have a .735 winning percentage under Carmichael, having compiled a 80-24-15 record during his tenure.
The Opponents Mississippi State is 6-1-0 on the season and brings a five-game winning streak into Friday's match, which will mark the first-ever meeting between OSU and the Bulldogs. Colorado College enters the week with a 3-1-2 record prior to a Thursday game against Northern Colorado. The Cowgirls have faced the Tigers just once before, with the result a 0-0 tie in a game played in Stillwater in 2007.
On The Air & The Web Fans wishing to follow this weekend's matches can do so in a variety of ways. Live stats via Game Tracker can be accessed at www.okstate.com by clicking on the Schedule/Results link, and fans who subscribe to OKState.TV All-Access through okstate.com can watch a live webcast (with radio audio) of Friday's game. Stillwater Radio will also air a tape-delayed broadcast of Friday's match on KGFY 105.5 FM following high school football.
Hermann Watch For the fourth-straight year, OSU has placed a player on the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. In 2010, there are two Cowgirls on that list -- Annika Niemeier and AD Franch. OSU is one of 10 schools with multiple players on the 45-player list. The Hermann Trophy is considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. This year's duo joins Yolanda Odenyo (2007 and 2008) and Kasey Langdon (2009) as Cowgirls to appear on the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Odenyo was one of 15 semifinalists for the award in '08.
AD A big reason for OSU's staunch defense a year ago was the play of freshman goalie Adrianna "AD" Franch. All she did was lead the Big 12 with 11 shutouts, a 0.61 goals against average and an .843 save percentage. To put Franch's rookie season in perspective, consider these: OSU's previous record for shutouts by a freshman was two by Bettina Grossman in 2005. The previous school record for goals against average by a freshman was 1.37, set by Breanna Truelove in 2004. Franch, who collected 75 saves on the season, earned All-Big 12 and NSCAA All-Central Region First Team honors and was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Over OSU's last 10 games of the 2009 season, during which the Cowgirls went 8-0-2, Franch allowed just four goals. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team after recording a pair of shutouts at the Big 12 Soccer Championship, including a seven-save effort in a 1-0 triumph over Texas A&M in the title game.
More On AD A native of Salina, Kan., Franch already owns several OSU records and is on the verge of adding to that list. Among them: Franch holds the OSU record for most shutouts in a season with 11. Franch's goals against average of 0.61 in 2009 was the best ever in a season at OSU. Erin Stigler's 0.71 mark in 2006 was the previous best. With 14 shutouts, Franch is already tied for second on OSU's career shutouts list. Stigler owns the all-time mark with 21. Franch has recorded 98 saves, which ranks fourth on OSU's career list.
They Shoot, They Score Looking to lead the scoring attack for the Cowgirls in 2010 are forwards Kyndall Treadwell and Katie Richardson. That duo has combined for 27 goals and 21 assists during their careers. A senior, Richardson has 14 goals and 11 assists during her time in Stillwater, while Treadwell has notched 13 goals and 10 assists in just over two years for the Cowgirls. OSU's other top returning scoring forward is sophomore Megan Marchesano, who recorded four goals as a freshman a year ago and has two thus far in 2010.
Lopez Adds To Resumé Junior Krista Lopez picked up a pair of awards for her performances in wins over Memphis and Murray State earlier this month. A forward/midfielder for the Cowgirls, Lopez was named a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week for Week #3 and also earned the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week award for games played from Sept. 3-6. In leading OSU to a pair of wins, Lopez netted three goals on the weekend, including the game winner against 13th-ranked Memphis in a 2-1 win on Friday. On Sunday, Lopez notched the first multi-goal game of her career with two goals against Murray State in a 4-2 win. Lopez recorded nine shots on the weekend with four of those on goal. Lopez' four goals give her the team lead through OSU's first seven games.