It took less than two decades after the program's inception for
the Oklahoma State Cowgirl Soccer team to win five Big 12
Conference Championships, make six NCAA appearances, host an
NCAA Tournament, and establish itself as one of the nation's
top college soccer programs with an Elite Eight run in 2010.
It's already good to be a Cowgirl, but it's only going to
get better for a program riding a surge of momentum.
|2011 Big 12
|Oklahoma State claimed its fourth
consecutive Big 12 Conference championship and capped the first
undefeated regular season in program history with a 2-0 victory over
Texas Tech Thursday night at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
win, the No. 2 Cowgirls finish 6-0-2 in conference play and head to
the postseason with a 17-0-2 overall record. OSU becomes only the
second Big 12 team, along with the 1996 Nebraska squad, to complete
the regular season undefeated, and the Cowgirls are the first team
since Texas A&M in 2002 to finish Big 12 play without a loss.
"It was tough," said OSU coach
Colin Carmichael. "To go through the season undefeated you have
to show a certain level of consistency, and I think that's been the
biggest factor for our team. We play better some nights, but our
level of play hasn't dropped significantly — we've always put on a
pretty good show....
"It feels amazing. Fifteen years ago, when Karen (Hancock) and I
were doing this, you couldn't have imagined this. A lot of hard work
from our staff and our former players, it's been building up to
this. And to win four championships is just an amazing
accomplishment for our kids."
The conference championship marks the fifth in program history
for OSU. The Cowgirls also won the Big 12 regular season title in
2008 and have claimed the league's postseason tournament title three
times (2003, '09, '10).
Thursday's record-setting win didn't come easy. Texas Tech
(10-7-2, 3-4-1) outshot the Cowgirls by a 17-15 margin, but OSU got
a pair of timely goals and recorded yet another shutout. That
shutout also tied a record as it marked OSU's 14th of the season, a
total the Cowgirls also reached in 2009.
OSU nearly gave up a goal early on as just 1:29 into the match
Taylor Lytle blasted a shot that bounced off the far post.
The game remained scoreless until the 40th minute. OSU won a
corner kick, and
Taylor Mathews sent the ball towards the box. The ball deflected
off the foot of a Red Raider defender and into the net to give the
Cowgirls a 1-0 lead and Mathews her sixth goal of the season.
The Cowgirls nearly added another goal just before intermission,
but a shot by
Kristen Kelley was saved off the line by a Tech defender to keep
the score at 1-0.
OSU added its second goal in the 64th minute on a highlight-reel
Kyndall Treadwell, who collected a loose ball and ripped a
20-yard shot to the top shelf to put the Cowgirls up by two.
That was more than enough for the Cowgirls as goalie AD Franch
and company kept the Red Raiders off the scoreboard. Franch finished
with a season-high seven saves to notch her eighth shutout of the
The win sent eight Cowgirl seniors out in style in their final
regular season home game as that group won its 70th career game.
Said Treadwell of the undefeated season and another Big 12
championship, "It's awesome. "It's a goal we set, and it's a big
accomplishment for us."
Carmichael added that this record-setting senior class will leave
an indelible mark on the OSU program.
"You can't really describe what they've done for this program,"
Carmichael said. "They're the fourth-winningest class in the NCAA
out of 330-something teams. That gives you an idea of the level that
they're playing at. I can't speak highly enough of them as players
and people. They're great ambassadors for our program and the
Cowgirl Soccer Tradition
2010 Elite Eight
|Kyndall Treadwell's blast from distance
put the #2 Cowgirls up 2-0 against Texas Tech, helping to
preserve the win for OSU and claim the program's fifth
|The winningest senior class in Cowgirl
Soccer history won their fourth consecutive Big 12
Championship at home on Senior Night in 2011.
|2010 Big 12
|Oklahoma State claimed its third
consecutive Big 12 Conference championship by defeating rival
Oklahoma in a penalty kick shootout Sunday in the 2010 Big 12 Soccer
Championship final at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
After regulation and two overtimes ended with the score tied at 1-1,
10th-ranked OSU claimed the title by winning the penalty kick
shootout, 5-4. Cowgirl goalie AD Franch made a save on Jordan
White's attempt, and Krista Lopez converted OSU's fifth and final
kick to give the Cowgirls the tourney title.
OSU has now won back-to-back Big 12 Soccer Championship titles after
winning the conference's regular season crown in 2008.
"We've won a league championship three years in a row, and hopefully
that establishes us as one of the elite teams in the country," said
OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. "I think a few years ago, we were
just clawing our way up to the top, and now that we're there, we
want to stay there. Winning three Big 12's and getting to the NCAA
Tournament five years in a row has to hopefully convince people that
we're for real, and we're here to stay.
"You figured today was going to be a really tight game having
playing each other twice already and the kids and coaches being
familiar with each other. I'm just really happy we found a way to
win it in the shootout."
OSU (17-3-2) emerged the victor in the shootout thanks to Franch's
efforts and those of the five Cowgirls who converted their penalty
kicks - Whitney Wernimont, Carson Michalowski, Elizabeth DeLozier,
Allyson Leggett and Lopez.
Both teams opened the shootout by nailing their first two kicks, but
OU's third attempt, Franch dove to her right and knocked White's
OU (12-7-3) converted its next two tries as did the Cowgirls,
leaving Lopez needing to make her attempt to bring the trophy back
to Stillwater - and that's exactly what the junior did.
"When I was walking up, I was just thinking it's another
game-winning goal; a lot of my goals were game winners so I was
thinking it was just another one of those," Lopez said. "I knew `I
can win this game.' It's really no pressure because we've practiced
them, and I just imagined me and my teammates practicing our PKs
with no one around.
"It's an amazing feeling. We've won the Big 12 the last two years
but to do it over and over again, it just keeps getting better."
Franch tied a career high with eight saves in the match and was one
of four Cowgirls named to the All-Tournament Team, joining Lopez,
Melinda Mercado and Kristen Kelly on that list. Mercado, a junior
defender was also named the tourney's defensive MVP for the
"That's what you expect your All-American goalkeeper to do,"
Carmichael said of Franch. "We probably take her for granted a lot
during the year because we have a really good back line, and she
doesn't have to do as much sometimes. But a game like that is where
she earns her keep.
"I'm really proud of her and very, very happy we've got her for two
more years. She's a great player."
OU took an early lead just 1:38 into the match. Caitlin Mooney
tracked down a long pass at the endline and sent a cross through the
box where Annalisa Hall was there to deliver her third goal of the
The Sooners nearly doubled their lead in the 23rd minute, but Franch
made a diving save of a left-footed blast by Mooney to keep the
score at 1-0.
OSU's best opportunity for the equalizer came on a
pair of shots off a corner kick in the 29th minute. After Mercado's
header was saved, Katie Richardson had a chance for a putback but
was also denied as an OU defender saved the ball off the line.
The Cowgirls also missed out on scores late in the half when
shots by Taylor Mathews and Elizabeth DeLozier sailed over the
OSU converted what appeared to be its first goal with 4:32
remaining until intermission, but the Cowgirls were whistled for
offside to erase DeLozier's score off a corner kick.
The Sooners would take the 1-0 lead into halftime, despite OSU
outshooting its rival by a 10-4 margin and owning a 6-1 advantage in
OSU's opportunities finally resulted in the equalizer with just
over 20 minutes remaining in the match.
After OU defender Kathryn Watson failed to clear the ball, goalie
Kelsey Devonshire was left out of position. Kyndall Treadwell was
there for the Cowgirls and converted the open net opportunity from
15-yards out for her fourth goal of the season and second of the
Franch would come up big once again for the Cowgirls in the 79th
minute to keep OU from regaining the lead as she made a diving save
on a shot by Dria Hampton.
A shot from six-yards out by Treadwell that sailed wide in the
87th minute provided OSU's final best chance at a second goal in
With five minutes remaining in the first overtime, it looked as
if OSU would notch the game winner. Lopez sent a cross on the ground
just in front of the goal line with a pair of Cowgirls in the area,
but neither Mathews nor Katie Richardson was able to get a foot on
OU had the best scoring chance in the second overtime, with
Franch making yet another diving save on a shot by Mooney to keep
the Sooners off the board.
"AD is basically our savior," Lopez said. "Everybody doesn't
realize how big of a role goalkeepers play in winning games. She
really made some great saves, and those pump us up and give us
confidence. She was really big in helping us get this win."
|Adrianna Franch and Krista Lopez came up
big for the Cowgirls in a penalty kicks shootout to capture
OSU's third-straight Big 12 title.
scored the equalizer to take the match into overtime with
her second goal of the tournament.
2009 Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma State claimed its second Big 12 Conference soccer
postseason championship in school history with a 1-0 win over
second-seeded Texas A&M Sunday in the final of the Big 12 Soccer
Championship at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
The win was the eighth in
a row for the Cowgirls, the tourney's No. 5-seed, as coach
Colin Carmichael's squad improved to 15-7 on the season and
clinched a berth in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. OSU will
be making its fourth-straight NCAA appearance.
OSU's victory also marked its first ever against Texas A&M
(14-6-2). The Cowgirls entered the contest 0-14-2 all time against
"It's so exciting to win and beat A&M because I've obviously
never beaten them," said OSU senior captain
Bridget Miller. "It's just an awesome feeling. We were motivated
even more because we knew the only chance we had to get into the
NCAA Tournament was to win (the Big 12 tournament). We all had that
on our minds all week, and I think that helped us."
Carson Michalowski scored the game's lone goal in the 53rd
minute to lift the Cowgirls to the win. Off a corner kick from
Colleen Dougherty, Michalowski raced in and delivered a header
into the back of the net to put OSU up 1-0. The goal was the third
of the season for Michalowski, while Dougherty notched her fifth
"It's always going to be a great game with Texas A&M; they're a
great program and a great team," Carmichael said. "We knew it was
going to be very difficult, and I thought over 90 minutes we just
edged it. (TAMU) certainly had their chances late.
"It was a great game that could have gone either way, and I'm
just really proud of our kids for battling and pulling out the win."
OSU was the aggressive, attacking team in the opening half, but
the first half ended scoreless, with the Cowgirls outshooting TAMU
by a 6-3 margin.
Kyndall Treadwell had a pair of strong shots early for the
Cowgirls, but her first was saved by TAMU goalie Kristin Arnold and
her second carried just wide of the near post.
OSU continued its scoring chances 12 minutes into the match, but
a shot from just outside the box by
Annika Niemeier sailed over the crossbar.
Minutes later, it was TAMU looking at a prime scoring
opportunity. But Michalowski came up big as she was able to knock
the ball away from Whitney Hooper as Hooper tried to make a move
from just outside the 18-yard box.
OSU continued its attacking ways, and again created another
chance for Treadwell, this on off a cross by Niemeier with just over
21 minutes remaining in the half. But Treadwell's header was wide,
and the Cowgirls remained scoreless.
The Aggies came out the aggressor early in the second half and
created their best scoring opportunity just over six minutes in as
Nora Skelton broke free and blasted a shot from just outside the
six-yard box. But AD Franch made a diving save to keep the shutout
But the shutout did not last long, with Dougherty and Michalowski
connecting for the game-winning goal.
In the 68th minute, TAMU had several furious rallies in front of
the goal, but the Cowgirl defense was able to keep the Aggies off
the scoreboard to preserve their lead.
That stellar defensive play continued with TAMU pressing to score
late. The Aggies had nine shots in the second half, with Franch
recording six saves after intermission. Franch finished with seven
saves, one shy of her career high.
"It starts with AD (Franch), and you have (Melinda) Mercado and
Michalowski right in front of her. Those girls have been
phenomenal," Carmichael said. "And the wide backs with Whitney (Wernimont),
Allyson (Leggett) and Colleen (Dougherty) did a great job. It's a
team effort when you defend against a good team, and we're thrilled
that AD, Mercado and Michalowski are in the heart of that defense
because they're really tough to beat."
OSU had six players named to the Big 12 Championship
All-Tournament team: Franch, Niemeier, Mercado,
Kasey Langdon and
Siera Strawser. Mercado was named the tourney's defensive MVP.
Carson Michalowski scored the lone goal in OSU's
1-0 victory over Texas A&M in the 2009 Big 12 Championship
Adrianna Franch recorded seven saves, including
six in the second half, to preserve the Cowgirls' 1-0 lead.
2008 Big 12 Regular Season Championship
Oklahoma State claimed its first-ever Big 12 Conference regular
season championship Friday night with a 4-2 win over Bedlam-rival
Oklahoma at the OU Soccer Complex.
With the win, the eighth-ranked
Cowgirls finish Big 12 play with a 7-1-2 mark and complete the
regular season 16-1-2 overall.
"It feels great for everybody associated with the program," said
OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. "It's a testament to the kids who
have been here in the past and helped us build the program and the
ability and the hard work of the current bunch of players.
"To win the Big 12 regular season shows consistency, and that we
really got to a level where we can compete with anybody."
OSU will be the No. 1 seed at next week's Big 12 Soccer
Championship in San Antonio and will open play Wednesday against
Texas Tech. Friday's win against OU also marked the Cowgirls' fourth
straight against the Sooners, and their 16 wins are the second most
in school history.
"I can't put it into words," OSU senior defender Jessica Jarrell
said of winning the league title. "It's beyond exciting. We've
worked so hard for four years to get to this point. To be a senior
leader on the first OSU team to ever win a championship is amazing.
"My first year, I watched teams like Texas
and Texas A&M and Colorado
play beautiful soccer, and we weren't to that level yet. I didn't
know if we'd ever get to that level, but we really made it. We're
It wasn't easy for the Cowgirls on Friday as OU (3-15-1, 2-7-1)
played Carmichael's squad even
through the first 45 minutes of the match.
OU was the first to get on the scoreboard. In the ninth minute,
Jordan White took a pass from Ashley Farrand and found the back of
the net from 15 yards out to put the Sooners up 1-0.
The Cowgirls collected the equalizer in the 25th
minute as Kyndall Treadwell blasted a shot from 25 yards out to the
far upper post to knot the score. The unassisted goal was
Treadwell's eighth of the season and first since Sept. 26 against
OSU took the lead with just 7:39 remaining before intermission.
After OU's Claire West took OSU's Siera Strawser down in the box,
the Cowgirls were awarded a penalty kick. And for the third time
this season, Annika Niemeier stepped up and blasted the shot into
the back of the net to put the Cowgirls on top.
But this time, OU would answer following a penalty. Off a free
kick by Sage Coralli in the 42nd minute, Kelsey Kraft
sent a shot past Cowgirl goalie Erin Stigler to make the score 2-2.
OSU needed just over five minutes into the second half to regain
the lead. Big 12 assist leader Kasey Langdon recorded her 13th
assist of the season as she sent a pass to Siera Strawser, who made
a move around a defender and delivered her 10th goal of
The Cowgirls doubled up their lead in the 59th minute
when, after a mad scramble for the loose ball in the box, Melinda
Mercado gained possession and recorded a goal from point-blank range
to put OSU up, 4-2. The goal was Mercado's second of the season.
"OU did a great job in the first half of taking us out of our
rhythm and fighting hard and making it tough for us,"
said. "The second half, we did a much better job of getting the ball
on the ground and moving them around. We were able to get a few more
openings in the second half and took advantage of it."
OSU's 4-2 win at Oklahoma in 2008 clinched the
Big 12 regular season championship for the Cowgirls.
2003 Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma State's soccer team captured the Big 12 Tournament title
Sunday afternoon at Blossom Soccer Complex, defeating Missouri, 3-2,
in double overtime in front of 1,307 fans.
Missouri jumped on top first, scoring just nine minutes into the
contest. Elyse Nikonchuck took a shot from 20 yards out that rolled
into the right corner of the net. Amber Swinehart assisted on the
OSU had a great opportunity of its own with 12 minutes remaining
in the period. Lisa Fulton started the play with a free kick,
followed by a shot from Adriane Radtke that was blocked just in
front of the keeper and a putback by Jolene Schweitzer that sailed
over the crossbar.
Oklahoma State came out on a mission in the second half and
scored nine minutes later. Katie Lacey took a shot that was blocked,
and it became a free for all in front of the net. Marcela Nova
followed with a second shot that was blocked, and Jere Boykin
finished off the set with a shot that snuck in the right corner of
The Cowgirls took five shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of
the second half, including a bullet by Carla Dolomont from 25 yards
out resulting in a leaping save by Missouri's Megan Duncan.
Missouri then regained the lead at the 69:33 mark when Karen
Bauer made a penalty kick after being taken down in the box, but it
would not be enough for the Tigers.
The Cowgirls tied the game in the 80th minute when Boykin and
Jolene Schweitzer teamed up for an exciting play. Boykin dribbled
down the center of the field, passing to Schweitzer from about 30
yards out. Schweitzer then drew Missouri's goalkeeper out of the net
and passed back to Boykin, who buried the shot from eight yards.
Neither team was able to break the standstill through the first
overtime and much of the second. With just over one minute
remaining, Boykin was taken down outside the penalty box and the
Cowgirls were awarded a free kick from 20 yards out. Nikki Wojtowicz
made good on the opportunity with a beautiful shot that found the
back of the net and gave the Cowgirls the 3-2 win.
Three Cowgirls were named to the all-tournament team: forward
Jere Boykin, midfielder Cassie Lewis and goalkeeper Kathrin Lehmann.
Additionally, Lewis was named the offensive MVP and Lehmann the
"I couldn't be prouder this group of kids," stated head coach
Karen Hancock. "They showed a great deal of heart, character and
determination in wining this championship. I love this group. They
Nikki Wojtowicz scored on a free kick from 20
yards out to give Oklahoma State a 3-2 win over Missouri in 2003
and its first conference championship.