Thurs., Sept. 1 • 6 pm (CDT) • Boca Raton, Fla.
FAU Soccer Stadium (1,000)
Sun., Sept. 4 • 11 am (CDT) • Coral Gables, Fla.
Cobb Stadium (500)
TV/Videos: Thurs. – CUSA.tv
Sun. – ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Twitter In-Game Updates: @CowgirlFC
About Oklahoma State
• Oklahoma State is 3-0-0 and travels to Florida this week for road tests at Florida Atlantic on Thursday and Miami on Sunday. The Cowgirls are looking for their first 4-0-0 start since 2017, and a 5-0-0 start would be their first since winning their first six games in 2012.
• OSU is coming off a 9-6-3 season in 2021 in which the Cowgirls finished fourth in the Big 12 standings at 4-3-1.
• The Cowgirls return 11 letterwinners from last season, including six starters and a pair of three-time All-Big 12 performers in Grace Yochum and Olivia Dowell.
• The 2022 season is the 27th in program history; over the first 26, OSU posted a 311-173-59 (.627) record. Head coach Colin Carmichael entered his 17th season at the helm in 2021 with a 228-93-46 mark.
Scouting The Opponents
• Florida Atlantic is 2-1-1 on the season with wins over Detroit Mercy and South Florida and a scoreless draw against Miami.
• Bri Austin and Sofia Voldby have two goals apiece for the Owls, who have found the back of the net six times on the season.
• OSU has never faced FAU on the soccer pitch.
• Miami is 2-0-2 on the season and takes on Florida International at home Thursday before hosting the Cowgirls Sunday.
• The Hurricanes have not allowed a goal this season, with goalie Melissa Dagenais recording 21 saves and four shutouts.
• Sunday’s match will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
OSU returns 65 percent of its goal scoring from last season as six players that combined to score 17 of the Cowgirls’ 26 goals are back.
Olivia Dowell and Grace Yochum tied for the team lead last season with six goals apiece. Ally Jackson found the back of the net twice, while Megan Haines, Mollie Breiner and Summer Chaffin each had a goal.
In a preseason vote of the conference’s head coaches, OSU was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 race in 2022.
OSU was one of three teams, along with TCU and Texas, with multiple players on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team as Olivia Dowell and Grace Yochum earned that distinction. Yochum was the only unanimous selection.
Olivia Dowell and Grace Yochum have each earned All-Big 12 recognition three times in their careers, becoming just the ninth and 10th players in program history to earn all-conference honors three or more times.
Yochum was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2019 and 2021, and she is only the seventh Cowgirl to achieve first-team status multiple times in a career.
Dowell was an All-Big 12 First Team honoree in 2020 and was on the second team in 2019 and 2021.
Only four Cowgirls have been named All-Big 12 four times in a career – Yolanda Odenyo, AD Franch, Courtney Dike and Natalie Calhoun.
In Grace Yochum and Ally Jackson, Oklahoma State has a pair of players who will be playing their fifth seasons in an OSU uniform. Both are taking advantage of an extra season of eligibility offered by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic that changed the 2020 season.
Entering the ’22 season, the Jackson/Yochum duo had combined to play in 144 career games with 110 starts. Jackson has led the team in minutes played among field players each of the last three seasons.
The Cowgirls’ 2022 roster counts 12 newcomers, which includes seven freshmen and five Division I transfers.
• Eryka McIntyre and Blythe Beldner transferred to OSU from Missouri, where that duo combined to play in 111 games for the Tigers, while Niah Johnson started 55 games over the last four seasons at Mississippi State and tallied eight goals and three assists.
• Three of OSU’s freshmen were named Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states – Sami Allen (Oklahoma), Gracie Bindbeutel (Missour) and Jordan Nytes (Colorado). Bindbeutel was a two-time Gatorade state player of the year and was also a three-time United Soccer Coaches High School All-American.
In Her Sights
Grace Yochum has established herself as one of the Big 12’s top scorers, and she is chasing history as OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer.
In 72 career games, Yochum has amassed 34 goals, which ranks third on OSU’s all-time list; she is one away from tying the record of 35 held by Yolanda Odenyo and Jolene Schweitzer.
As a freshman in 2018, Yochum tallied four goals. She followed that with 11 as a sophomore, 12 in 2020 and six last season.
Yochum is also tied for sixth on the Cowgirls’ all-time points list with 77. Odenyo tops that list with 90.
Olivia Dowell has added firepower to the OSU attack since stepping on campus in 2019.
With 26 career goals, Dowell is ninth on OSU’s all-time list, and with two more points, she will also enter the top 10 in that category.
As a freshman, Dowell recorded five goals and eight assists, and she followed that with an even more impressive showing as a sophomore as she ranked fifth in the NCAA with 31 points on the strength of 12 goals and seven assists. Her 12 goals tied for the Big 12 lead along with teammate Grace Yochum and ranked sixth nationally; the seven assists topped the conference. Dowell’s goal total was also marked the most ever goals by an OSU sophomore, and the 31 points was the seventh most in a single season in program history.
Dowell tied for the OSU team lead with six goals in 2021, with five of her goals coming in Big 12 play.
She’s A Giver
Olivia Dowell also ranks 10th on OSU’s all-time assists list with 18. She had season assists totals of eight, seven and three in her first three years as a Cowgirl.
Grace Yochum and Olivia Dowell have combined for 24 game-winning goals in their careers, with Yochum notching 17 and Dowell adding seven. Yochum led the NCAA with eight game-winning goals during the 2020 season.
Week One Wonders
Olivia Dowell was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for week one after leading the conference with three goals in the first two games of the season. She also topped the league with nine shots, four of those on goal.
Ally Jackson recorded a pair of assists in the win against Missouri State, which already marks a career high for the fifth-year senior. Her only previous assists came in 2020.
OSU is No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region rankings behind conference foes TCU, West Virginia and Texas.
A list of current Cowgirls who have been recognized with national and conference accolades.
• Grace Yochum – All-BIg 12 First Team (2021); United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Second Team (2021); All-Big 12 Second Team (2020); United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Third Team (2020); All-Big 12 First Team (2019); United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Second Team (2019); Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2018)
• Olivia Dowell – All-BIg 12 Second Team (2021); United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Third Team (2021); TopDrawerSoccer.Com Preseason Best XI Second Team (2021); All-Big 12 First Team (2020); United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Second Team (2020); TopDrawerSoccer.Com Best XI Third Team (2020); Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2019)
• Kionna Simon – Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2020)
• Jordan Nytes – TopDrawerSoccer.Com Preseason Freshman Best XI Team (2022)
Grace Yochum is one of 38 players on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Midfielders to Watch List, and she came in at No. 67 on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Women’s Top 100 Players list.
Jordan Nytes was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Freshman Best XI at goalkeeper.