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Oklahoma State Soccer Gets First Conference Win Of Season

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Oklahoma State picked up its first conference win of the season Friday night with a 1-0 triumph over Iowa State at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

Megan Marchesano recorded her Big 12-leading eighth goal of the season on a penalty kick 13 minutes into the match, and goalie AD Franch made a number of saves to help the 17th-ranked Cowgirls improve to 10-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in league play

"We came out with a win, and that's really all you can ask," said Franch, who finished with four saves for her fifth shutout of the season. "We all eventually took care of business.

OSU went up early after Marchesano was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty kick at the 12:58 mark, an opportunity that she blasted past ISU goalie Andrea Swanson for the goal.

Following the score, however, OSU would fall into a lull, and only the play of Franch and some good luck in their corner kept the Cowgirls' lead intact.

At the 31:32 mark, Franch collected her first save of the night, diving to corral a 40-yard blast by Megan Longobardi.

Just over two minutes later, Longobardi sent a shot off the crossbar, and the Cyclone midfielder just missed the equalizer again late in the half when Franch saved another of her shots over the bar.

"If it wasn't for AD (Franch) in the first half, we would have probably been down 3-1 and deserved to be down 3-1," said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. "But that's why she's the best keeper in the country. She stepped up, and I told the girls after the game they all owe her a big hug because without her we don't win that game."

Added Franch, "I just had my team's back and played the game that I needed to play."

ISU (8-5-0, 0-2-0) finished the match with a 16-9 advantage on shots and recorded six corner kicks to OSU's five.

OSU returns to action Sunday when it hosts Bedlam-rival Oklahoma at 7 p.m.

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