Oklahoma Falls at Home to Oral Roberts

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 09, 2012

  1 2 OT F
 Oral Roberts 0 1 - 1
 Oklahoma 0 0 - 0
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 Team Stats
 Stat Oklahoma Oral Roberts
 Shots 18 6
 SOG 8 3
 Corners 4 3
 Offsides 2 1
 Fouls 5 7
 Scoring Summary
 Player Assist Time
 ORU - Giles Abernathy 67:01
 Player Mins GA S
 OU - Devonshire 90:00 1 2
 ORU - Erb 90:00 0 8
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NORMAN, Okla. -- A goal in the 68th minute was enough for visiting Oral Roberts to defeat Oklahoma 1-0 on Sunday at John Crain Field.

The loss dropped the Sooners to 4-3-1 on the season while Oral Roberts improved to 3-3-1. Oklahoma fell despite outshooting ORU 18-6 (8-3 on goal) and the loss came after upsetting No. 3 Oklahoma State on Friday.

"I don't think we did justice for ourselves compared to how we did on Friday night, and the result is we are on the wrong end of the game," said OU Head Coach Matt Potter. "One thing I have to do is credit Oral Roberts today, they came with a game plan and stuck to it."

The Sooners got off to a slow start against the Golden Eagles, who were playing with a full week's rest. OU had four shots in the first half but came out of the locker room and fired 14 in the second half.

Oral Roberts eventually went on top with 23 minutes remaining in the game off a goal from Megan Giles. Giles took a pass from Jennifer Abernathy down the right line and placed the ball in the low left corner of the goal past Sooner goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire.

"We probably should have defended it better," added Potter. "Those things are going to happen and those are the growing pains of a team. We go from the high of Friday to the reality of today. The energy should have been there. We have to keep pushing forward."

The ORU win snaps a five-game Oklahoma winning streak in the series and is the first victory in Norman for the Golden Eagles in eight tries.

Oklahoma's best chance came eight minutes into the second half on the Sooners' first corner kick of the game. Sooner defender Katharine Nutman's header and a follow up shot by Molly Richey both banged off the crossbar. A third shot by Kelly Price in the box was deflected, leaving the Sooners empty handed.

"We hit the crossbar a couple times and their keeper made a good save. We created chances but the mentality is we have to finish them," said Potter. "The bottom line is we created those opportunities and should have capitalized on them, but we didn't. So again, the credit goes to Oral Roberts."

Today's game will be aired on a tape delayed basis Sunday night at 8 p.m. by Sooner Sports TV. It can be seen on FS Oklahoma Plus with Chad McKee and Mo Boreham on the call. Check your local listings for coverage in your area.

The Sooners will hit the road Friday night at Rice, which lost to 4-0 to Oklahoma State on Sunday. Friday's game is slated for 7 p.m. CT. and will be followed by a Sunday night game at SMU (7 p.m.).



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