When the Oklahoma State ladies’s soccer workforce arrives in Lawrence to play towards the Kansas Jayhawks, it is going to be extra ready for its opponent than the journey to Manhattan to start out the season.
That is perhaps on default.
OSU opened with a Three-Zero street win towards Kansas State the day after it was alleged to open towards Oklahoma in Norman. The Bedlam recreation was rescheduled for Nov. 12.
The Sooners needed to postpone on the day of the match attributable to COVID testing. That left OSU stranded for an opponent till the convention re-routed the Cowgirls to play the Wildcats the following day.
That won’t be the case in OSU’s second journey into the state of Kansas. For one, the Cowgirls have deliberate for the journey, sticking to their authentic schedule with out postponements littering it. OSU coach Colin Carmichael sees the adjustments when evaluating the 2 matches.
“It’s very completely different,” Carmichael stated. “I imply clearly each groups now, ourselves and the Jayhawks, have every week to arrange for one another. So, it’s completely different in that facet, after which secondly, Proper now we’re in midseason and form of have our id slightly bit. So do they… Okay-State was simply such an unknown for each groups. We simply went and performed. It was similar to, ‘Hey, let’s roll the ball out and let’s go.’ This recreation’s slightly bit extra, ‘Right here’s what Kansas do, right here’s what we’re going to do.’”
Whereas some gamers have loads of expertise towards the Jayhawks, it hasn’t been in Lawrence.
Senior wingback Charmé Morgan has solely performed in Lawrence as soon as in her OSU profession, limiting the skilled Cowgirls to at least one recreation of data in regards to the Jayhawks ambiance and discipline. The KU discipline was notable to Morgan in her earlier go to.
“Taking part in at Kansas, I’ve solely performed there as soon as,” Morgan stated. “It’s a pleasant facility. It’s a great discipline, and you realize we’ve got a great discipline right here, too. So, I imply, it’s form of the identical.”
For others, the journey to Lawrence would be the first of their profession. One among them is Olyvia Dowell. Her solely expertise enjoying towards Kansas got here up to now season when OSU beat Kansas 5-2 at Neal Patterson Stadium and misplaced 2-1 within the Massive 12 semifinals.
“I feel we should always go in clearly assured, but in addition realizing this can be a new 12 months for everybody,” Dowell stated. “It’s a unique 12 months for everybody. Completely different workforce, completely different gamers. So simply form of specializing in ourselves, and specializing in bouncing again from the TCU recreation and simply getting our confidence again.”