Aug. 27, 1999
Austin, Texas - The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team played well, but dropped a 1-0 decision tonight in its season opening game against Texas in Austin. The Sooners, who were outshot 13-3 in the first half, rebounded to play a strong second stanza and outshot the Longhorns 6-2.
"We had a little bit of a shaky, nervous first half and gave up a goal on a penalty kick," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "But we got our composure in the second half and took it to them. We used 22 players and wore them out. They were dragging at the end."
Texas scored the game's lone goal at the 13:32 mark as Nicole Ramirez deposited a penalty kick past OU goalkeeper Ayn Toppin. It was one of nine shots on goal by the Longhorns. Toppin made seven first-half saves before freshman Jana Cunningham replaced her at the half. Cunningham had to make just one save in the second 45 minutes.
Sophomore Jonette Coquat and redshirt-freshman Heather Martinelli led the Sooner attack in the second half. The pair registered four and three shots on the game, respectively.
"Their keeper came up with two fantastic saves in the second half on shots I thought were going in," said Evans, referring to Texas' Cami Varnadore, who made four total saves. "She was the player of the match, she was the difference. Jonette was our most effective attacker and had a couple of shots that looked they would find the net, but their keeper made some great saves."
Evans added, "We received some gutsy performances from some players who have been injured and haven't had a chance to practice much. Mary Morse, Bridgette Smith and Heather Martinelli gave us some great performances."
The Sooners play again Sunday at Texas A&M at 1 p.m. The 15th-ranked Aggies shut out Oklahoma State this evening, 4-0.
Team Scoring Oklahoma 0 0 - 0
Texas 1 0 - 1
UT -- Ramirez penalty kick (13:32)
Shots: OU 9, UT 15
Saves: OU 8, UT 4
Corner Kicks: OU 1, UT 4
Fouls: OU 8, UT 9