Oct. 2, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team suffered its fourth-straight defeat following a 2-0 decision against visiting Texas Tech on Sunday at John Crain Field.
The loss dropped OU’s record to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play while Texas Tech improved to 8-3-2 and 2-0-1.
The Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead after Jessica Disabella’s second goal of the season. The decisive goal was scored in the 36th minute after Disabella gathered a loose ball in the box and beat a diving Kelsey Devonshire in the OU net.
“The early goal puts us in a hole and we are chasing the game a little bit,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We are creating a lot of opportunities, but the end product is not there. We have to score goals to win games.”
The Sooners were forced to rally for the eighth time this season and looked to break through with the game-tying goal after creating three shots and two corner kicks in a two-minute span in the second half, but Tech goalkeeper Victoria Esson made one of her three saves in the game to preserve the shutout.
The opposition then countered off OU’s offensive sequence and put the game away on Jessica Fuston’s sixth goal of the year, tallied in the 66th minute. Fuston took advantage of the breakaway on what the OU defense thought was an offsides on the Red Raiders.
After the two losses this weekend, the Sooners are 0-8 when allowing the game’s first goal and 5-0 when scoring first.
Similar to Friday’s loss to No. 2 Oklahoma State, OU had its share of opportunities with double digit shots (14) against Texas Tech but were unable to convert those chances on to the scoreboard. The Red Raiders also had 14 shots, but eight of them were on goal, forcing Devonshire to make six saves.
The Sooners had three shots on goal, all saved by Esson, including two from Dria Hampton, who led OU for the second straight contest with a game-high seven shots.
“It just takes one to really open the flood gates, I think, with this group because we put together a real sharp attack, but the end product is really lacking right now,” said Nelson when asked about the offense’s struggles over the weekend. “We’ll go back to work and do a lot of finishing this week and hope we can get that first one (goal) that opens it up for us.”
OU travels to Austin, Texas for its first road Big 12 Conference game on Friday, Oct. 7. The Sooners and Longhorns are slated for a 7 p.m. game. Texas leads the all-time series 8-7-1 despite OU recording a pair of one-goal victories in 2010, including the last meeting in the Big 12 Championship, a 1-0 Sooner victory in the quarterfinals. OU also recorded a 2-1 win in Austin last season in double overtime.