Oklahoma State's women's soccer team continues its five-game homestand this weekend with matches against a pair of Sunshine State foes at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. OSU brings a 2-1-1 record into a Friday night showdown (7 p.m.) against UCF before hosting fifth-ranked Florida Sunday at noon.
OSU is coming off a 2015 season in which they compiled a 9-9-2 record and finished eighth in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 2-4-2 mark. The Cowgirls return seven starters and 18 letterwinners from last season, including a pair of three-time All-Big 12 performers in forward Courtney Dike and defender Natalie Calhoun.
The 2016 season marks the 21st in the history of the OSU women's soccer program. Over their first 20 seasons, the Cowgirls compiled a 238141-44 (.615) record, and head coach Colin Carmichael entered his 12th season at the helm with a 155-61-31 mark. The Cowgirls have earned a berth in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in eight of the last 10 years and have claimed Big 12 titles in four of the last eight seasons.
UCF enters Friday's match with a 1-3-0 mark, with all three of its losses coming to ranked teams as the Knights have dropped games to No. 3 Duke, No. 9 North Carolina and No. 24 South Carolina. Senior forwards Cortney O'Connell and Carol Rodrigues have each recorded two goals on the season to lead the UCF attack.
OSU's only previous meeting with UCF came last season in Orlando with the Knights scoring twice in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory.
Florida is ranked No. 5 in a pair of national polls, and the Gators enter this week with a 3-1-0 record prior to a Friday night game at top-ranked Florida State. UF is coming off a weekend that saw it drop an overtime contest at No. 3 Stanford before picking up an overtime win at 15th-ranked UCLA. The Gators are led by All-American forward Savannah Jordan, who already has four goals and four assists on the season for a team that has 12 goals on the year.
OSU has faced Florida each of the last three seasons, losing each contest. Last year in Gainesville, the Cowgirls took the fifth-ranked Gators to overtime before falling 3-2.