No. 13 OSU Soccer to Host Iowa State and Missouri

Oklahoma State returns home to face a pair of Big 12 foes this weekend when Iowa State visits Stillwater on Friday at 7 p.m., and Missouri plays at the OSU Soccer Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m. Iowa State is currently 6-7 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones are coming off of a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech and opened conference play with a 3-2 overtime victory over perennial power Nebraska. ISU is led by Brittanie Waddell who leads the team with four goals. Lauren Odino is second on the team with three goals. Ann Gleason has played every minute in goal for the Cyclones. She has only allowed five goals over her last four games, three of which were Iowa State victories. Missouri is 8-4 on the season and 0-3 in the Big 12. The Tigers boast a big 5-0 win over No. 13 Illinois and are 5-0 against the Big Ten Conference. The Tigers are led on offense by Ashley Hamblin with 15 points. Hamblin has been sidelined the last three games, and Breanna Thornton and Janelle Cordia have picked up the slack each scoring four goals on the season. Mallory Forst has played every game in goal and has recorded 32 saves with a GAA of 1.17. Last Week
Oklahoma State split a tough Texas road trip at eighth-ranked Texas A&M and No. 11 Texas. Overall, OSU is 9-2-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Big 12. OSU had an early weekend playing eighth-ranked Texas A&M on Wednesday night. The Aggies made the Cowgirls uncomfortable early scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. OSU fought back and tried to make a game of it. Leah Hope brought the Cowgirls to within a goal, and the halftime score was 2-1. A&M went back to being the aggressor in the second half, and got a much needed insurance goal in the 57th minute. The Cowgirls could never mount another serious attack and Texas A&M went on to defeat OSU, 3-1. Oklahoma State learned from its mistakes at Texas A&M and came out attacking Texas early. Yolanda Odenyo nearly gave the Cowgirls the lead, but she sent her shot over the top of the goal. It did not take long for the Cowgirls to get another chance as Kasey Langdon chased down the ball and made a move in the box before depositing a shot in the far corner of the goal. Texas came right down and nearly tied the game but the shot went off the post. The Cowgirls went into a defensive mode and the Longhorns never got a better scoring opportunity. UT appeared to have tied the game in the 77th minute, but the goal was waved off because a Texas player was offside. OSU killed the final 13 minutes of the game and held on for the 1-0 victory. It was only the third time Texas had been shut out at home over the last three seasons. Erin Stigler was outstanding in goal and recorded two saves en route to her second shut out of the season.

Cowgirls Earn Big 12 Honors
Junior midfielder Yolanda Odenyo and sophomore goalkeeper Erin Stigler were named Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their roles in wins over Kansas and Colorado (9/22-24). Odenyo scored the game winning goal against Kansas in double overtime. She came back to score a goal on a penalty kick as OSU defeated 11th-ranked Colorado. Stigler made her first career start in goal and recorded three saves as OSU shut out Kansas, 1-0. Stigler came back and recorded three saves, including a nice diving stop in the first half, to help OSU defeat No. 11 Colorado.

Big 12 Breakhrough
Oklahoma State’s Soccer team is off to its best conference start in school history. The Cowgirls are 4-1 and sit in a tie with Texas A&M atop the Big 12 standings. OSU has never won more than four Big 12 games in a season and has never finished higher than seventh in the conference. The Cowgirls best conference season came in 2004 when they finished with 13 points at 4-5-1.

Odenyo Earns National Recognition
Yolanda Odenyo was named to the National Team of the Week by both Soccer America and Soccer Buzz for her play in a pair of wins over Kansas and 11th-ranked Colorado. Odenyo scored the game winning goal in double overtime to knock off Kansas. She came back and buried a penalty kick to help OSU top the Buffs.

Stigler Earns National Honor
Sophomore Erin Stigler was one of three goalkeepers named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week this week. Stigler recorded three saves as OSU shutout Kansas in her first career start. She recorded three more saves to help OSU beat No. 11 Colorado, 2-1.



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