Bearkats will try to lasso the Cowgirls on Friday night

The Sam Houston State women’s soccer team begins its second weekend of play this Friday at Pritchett Field as the Bearkats host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. and Prairie View A&M at 1 p.m. on Sunday.The Bearkats are coming off a weekend in which they were thoroughly beaten 10-1 by 22nd ranked SMU on Friday. Despite the disparity of goals scored in that game, SHSU head coach Marcia Oliveira said she was not disappointed by the team’s effort. She believes the experience the players gained through playing a nationally ranked team will help them progress through the season.The Bearkats showed they had learned not to be bothered by nerves as they were against SMU, as they shut out Texas Southern 17-0 on Sunday. In that game, three SHSU players scored hat tricks against the Tigers, also in their first year of Division I-A women’s soccer.The players hope to use the experience of being on both sides of a severe lashing to help them be more competitive against Oklahoma State, a team that will most likely provide the Bearkats with tough competition.”Oklahoma State is a really strong team,” Oliveira said. “They tied SMU 2-2 and they are a very physical team. They have a few international players that know how to play.”OSU shut out Western Kentucky and Arkansas-Little Rock each 4-0 to open their season last weekend. The Cowgirls also played to a 2-2 standstill against SMU in an exhibition game last week.”We are going to expect nothing less than what the SMU game was like,” Oliveira said. “I hope that we don’t take the field nervous like we did in that game. Oklahoma State tied a ranked team, and they are still not ranked so that should tell you something. I expect a really tough and physical match.”The competition should prove slightly less difficult in Sunday’s game against Prairie View A&M, a school not known for its soccer prowess. Prairie View lost its season opener 7-2 to McNeese State. The offensive-minded Bearkats will look for ways to exploit Prairie View’s defense as they did against TSU.

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