Oct. 4, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Whitney Palmer tallied her 12th goal of the season but the Sooners’ comeback effort fell short at Texas Tech on Sunday.
Oklahoma suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Red Raiders and dropped to 6-6-1 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 play.
Texas Tech (8-4-1, 3-0-1 Big 12) took an early 2-0 lead in the first 16 minutes and forced OU to play from behind throughout the game.
“It’s a disappointing loss. Texas Tech did a good job of jumping on top early,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We have struggled on the road so far this season and we need to find a way to break that trend.
"Despite the recent injuries, we can’t use that as an excuse. Someone on this team has to step up and fill those voids. We still have a lot of soccer left this season.”
The Red Raiders held that two-goal lead at the half and quickly scored their third goal just five minutes after intermission.
Down 3-0, the Sooners attempted a late rally in the 76th minute with Palmer’s goal. The junior forward finished with five of OU’s eight shots, including four on goal.
Palmer is tied for second all-time at OU with 26 career scores and her 12 goals this season is the second best total in a single season behind Logan Womack’s 13 in 2001.
The Plano, Texas, native has scored in four straight games and in eight of the last 10 games. That streak is tied for the longest in program history with Lauren MacIver’s four-game stretch recorded back in 2005.
OU trailed 7-6 in shots on goal and 3-2 in corner kicks, but Texas Tech capitalized with goals on two of those three set pieces.
The Red Raiders have won two straight games in the all-time series, which is tied at 6-6-1, after snapping a seven-game winless streak against OU last season in Lubbock.
In five road games this season, the Sooners have not recorded a win at 0-4-1. OU concludes the four-game road trip next weekend at Iowa State on Oct. 9 (7 p.m.) and at Nebraska on Oct. 11 (1 p.m.).