No. 8 Texas Tops Oklahoma

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 28, 2007

Oct. 28, 2007

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team was unable to record the upset over No. 8 Texas on Sunday at home, dropping a 4-0 decision.  With the loss, OU was eliminated from the 2007 Big 12 Championship which begins Nov. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.  

The Longhorns took a 2-0 lead at halftime with goals from Stephanie Gibson at the 30:10 mark and Kate Nicholson in the 43rd minute. 

The Sooners fired five shots in the first half and senior Audri Habibi had a chance to cut the lead to one goal before the half, but Texas keeper Dianna Pfenninger made a diving save to preserve the shutout.

"We were in the locker room at the half, down 2-0 and felt so confident in our ability to come back," said OU head coach Randy Evans.  "For awhile, it looked like the game could go either way, but Texas made the plays that ended up scoring goals.  That's obviously what we need to be able to do."

In the second half, freshman Whitney Palmer created on of OU's better scoring opportunities at the 41:07 mark, but her shot went just wide of the left post. 

Texas tallied two more scores in the second half, one in the 47th minute and the final goal at the 89:32 mark.  The Longhorns led OU in shots, 19-8, and corner kicks, 4-2. 

Senior Allyson Kucera and Palmer led OU with two shots apiece and senior goalkeeper Jenny Nichols made seven saves on the day. 

The loss drops Oklahoma to 6-9-3 overall and 2-6-1 in the Big 12, while Texas jumps to 12-3-3 and 5-2-2. 

Following Sunday's game, seniors Shana All, Tenesha Duncan, Lauren Harris, Audri Habibi, Allyson Kucera, Colleen Keester and Jenny Nichols were honored on the field.

The Sooners have one game remaining in the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at No. 25 Oklahoma State.  The Annual Bedlam Series, presented by Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers, is the 13th meeting between the Sooners and Cowgirls.  OSU holds a 9-2-1 advantage and the last 11 contests have been decided by one goal or less.

"That game is the rest of our season," added Evans.  "We are going up there to represent the University of Oklahoma and our focus is to bring the Bedlam bell back home."




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