Oct. 13, 2002

Stats

NORMAN, Okla. - OU freshman Becky Nelson scored twice for the Sooners off feeds from senior Krissy Dawson as the Sooners notched their 11th win of the season in Lawrence, Kan., with a 2-1 victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday afternoon.

With the road win, Oklahoma improved to 11-3-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the Big 12. Kansas fell to 9-3-2 overall and 3-2-1 in conference play. Prior to meeting Oklahoma on Sunday, the Jayhawks were flying high after a school-record 6-0 pounding of Oklahoma State on Friday night.

In just the sixth minute of the game, OU's Becky Nelson scored from 15 yards out with a header off a cross from Krissy Dawson (Peoria, Ariz.) to put Oklahoma up, 1-0. The Sooners and Jayhawks each had four shots in the first period but OU maintained the 1-0 lead heading in to halftime.

Nelson, a freshman forward out of Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., extended OU's margin in the 53rd minute -- again off a pass from Dawson. Nelson punched one in from 15 yards out past KU keeper Meghan Miller to put the Sooners up, 2-nil.

Kansas would not go down without a fight. The Jayhawks outshot OU, 8-4, in the second period and finally broke their scoring drought with an unassisted goal by Stacy Leeper at 87:12. Leeper pursued Sooner goalkeeper Catherine Wade after her first shot was stopped and put it in off the rebound.

But Oklahoma held on for the 2-1 victory and its 11th win of the season.

The win total matches last season's best-ever finish for OU soccer of 11-7-1. The Sooners have a chance to break the school record for the most victories in a season with five games remaining on the regular season schedule.

OU finished with eight shots while Kansas compiled 12 for the game. The Jayhawks also led in corner kicks (2-1) but drew more fouls (15-11) and offsides (3-1).

Oklahoma returns to Norman for a pivotal two-game homestand this weekend against Big 12 leaders Texas and Texas A&M. The Sooners host the Longhorns at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at John Crain Field. The Texas A&M Aggies come calling at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.