By Jordie Lindley
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
The seniors on Oklahoma State's women's soccer team bring team unity to a new level.
Senior midfielder Bridget Miller and senior forwards Kasey Langdon and Siera Strawser not only practice and play together on the field, but also live under the same roof.
All three seniors have been living together since their freshmen years in 2006 and wouldn't have it any other way.
"It has been great," Langdon said. "We got the privilege to spend our college careers together and have become great friends. I wouldn't choose to live with anyone else."
Coming to OSU to play soccer wasn't a hard transition for Langdon and Miller because they had been playing on the same team since youth soccer in Wiley, Texas.
"It is rare that anyone ever gets the chance to play on the same team with their best friend for 11 years straight," Miller said. "I think it really helps knowing somebody that well on the field. There are times on the field where Kasey and I don't even say a word yet we know what each other are thinking."
Strawser, who is from Bixby, Okla., fit right into the mix with Miller and Langdon and have been inseparable ever since.
"I actually felt like I fit in right away," Strawser said. "They're really easy to get along with and a lot of fun. I'm so glad I've gotten to live with them this whole time. We get along really well and have become great friends. Playing with them has been awesome."
Miller, who had played defender for her previous three years, is joined by Strawser and Langdon as captains this season. Miller, who was a captain in 2008, knew the other two would adjust right away to their new roles.
"We all are roommates and have been for awhile," Miller said. "We communicate well with each other, which I think is the hardest thing to accomplish with multiple captains. We work well together so it was natural for all of us to be captains together."
While they have being captains in common, all three have different techniques toward leading the team.
"I think it is important to be the teammate that steps up and that everyone can trust to do well, and be great during big games," Langdon said. "I think that I'm the kind of player that leads by example. I try to get things going during a game by playing hard and trying to get people to follow with that same intensity."
All three seniors have received national attention and awards throughout their careers at OSU.
"It makes me want to perform as good as I did to receive those awards in the first place and I don't want to let myself or my team down by not performing," Strawser said. "In a way, I feel like I have to prove myself, that I'm a good player."
The Herman Trophy is awarded to the top female and male soccer player each year, and this year, Langdon is on the watch list. Langdon isn't pressured by the attention.
"It is an honor being on the Herman Trophy watch list," Langdon said. "This has made me realize that opponents will be taking notice of me during games. I just have to be better at preparing and finding new ways to beat players. This just comes with being a good player.
"I've prepared well over the summer on my physical game, but I've also tried to improve on my mental game. This is what makes good players great players, in my opinion, and hopefully it will give me an edge to my game."
Although Langdon is excited about being on the watch list for the nation's most prestigious soccer award, she is more focused on the team.
"In the end, individual accolades don't matter to me since this is a team sport," Langdon said. "They are nice to have, but if your team doesn't perform and win then none of it matters. All that matters is that we go out and play to all of our capabilities and win games."
After losing a powerful senior class last year, the new seniors knew there would be some need for adjusting and transition this season.
"As a team, we definitely went through a transition period after losing that senior class," Strawser said. "Many of them were starters and we had to fill those roles. Younger players had to step up. We just had to get used to playing with a different group of players and personalities. Right now I feel like we continue to get better. Our team chemistry is improving each week and you can see it in the way we play."
Langdon, Miller and Strawser are currently ranked 10th in Division I soccer for being one of the winningest senior classes.
"We are defending Big 12 champs so a lot is expected from us this year," Miller said. "I am expecting to do just as well this year as we did last year and make it further in the NCAA tournament. We want to go out better than we came in.
"Being a senior you have this unspoken responsibility to lead your team, but also from a personal standpoint be a senior to me means leaving everything you have on the field and walking away after season knowing you have no regrets.