Cowgirls 'tie' one on

Anticipation for the Cowboy football season can't get any more intense, so to satisfy the orange-blooded, we are trying to give you as much OSU sports coverage as possible. Think the soccer team can repeat last year's successes and build on it? The girls are out on the field and kicking it up in exhibition style.

The Oklahoma State Cowgirls controlled the second half against SMU on a soggy field Saturday, but could only manage a 2-2 tie in their exhibition home opener.


Early, it seemed as though the No. 22 Mustangs would run away with the game as they scored their first goal with 34:15 left in the first half on a long penalty kick by midfielder Jill Heinemann.


"A little bit of a slow start. We're playin some new people in our back line," said OSU coach Karen Hancock. "It was (goalkeeper Erin) Corbin's first start. I thought she was a little shaky in the first 20 minutes, but after that she settled down and came up big for us at the end."


Then SMU increased the lead to 2-0 off a goal by forward Adria Campbell.


But the Pokes bounced back in grand fashion, scoring two goals to end the half, and keeping the ball on the Mustangs end for most of the final period.


"Overall, with the effort, I couldn't be happier," Hancock said.


Forward Kim Graves scored OSU's first goal with 25:09 to go in the first half. And forward Jolene Schweitzer scored the final goal of the game with five minutes left in the half.


The intensity of OSU on the field was matched cheer for play by the nearly 700 fans that showed to support the team.


"Great crowd for an opening night, especially with the weather being a little sketchy," Hancock said. "We're real pleased with the support."


Schweitzer finished the game with five shots on goal to lead both teams, and forward Jere Boykin finished with three shots, flying past opponents and making jukes that left her defenders contorted and confused.


"She just has that fifth gear that she can kick in that a lot of people don't have," Hancock said.


The Cowgirls play their first regular season game Aug. 29 at Western Kentucky and meet Vermont Sept. 12 for their first home game.


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