Oct. 7, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team lost a 2-0 decision at Texas on Friday in its first Big 12 road game of the year.
Texas took an early 1-0 lead in the 21st minute as the Longhorns' Hannah Higgins scored the first of two goals on the night. In the second half, Higgins struck again in the 71st minute to clinch the victory and snap a two-game skid against the Sooners.
Similar to last weekend's losses at home, the Sooners put together their share of scoring opportunities. Hampton and Mooney combined on five of OU's 10 shots, including an 8-4 advantage in shots during the first 45 minutes of action. However, Texas finished with a 14-10 advantage in shots at the end of the contest and held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
"You have to give credit to Texas, they had a good game plan that limited the impact of down Dria (Hampton) and Caitlin (Mooney), and they did a good job of finishing their opportunities," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson.
The loss takes OU's overall record to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in Big 12 play, while the Longhorns moved to 9-4 and 3-2.
"I don't feel like our record is representative of the quality of this team," added Nelson. "We continue to get better and we made some of the adjustments that we needed to work on from last week. Right now, we are putting some good things together from 18 to 18, but we are lacking on the final strike and in some adjustments in the defensive end. We need to take more chances on the attacking end and have the determination to not give anything up on the defensive end."
The Sooners are 7-9-1 all-time against the Longhorns (1-6-1 in Austin) despite winning a pair of one goals games last season. OU won the 2011 regular season contest on Oct. 24 in Austin, 2-1, in double overtime on Dria Hampton's game-winning goal. It marked OU's first win in Austin in seven meetings. Less than two weeks later, OU dropped then-No. 21 Texas, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
OU returns to Norman for the final two home games of the 2011 regular season. The Sooners host Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 14 and the game will be televised on a tape delay by the Sooner Sports Network on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. on Cox Ch. 3/703 HD in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. ISU leads the all-time series, 8-5-2 while OU won last year's meeting, 4-3, in Ames.
The Sooners' final home game on Oct. 16 against Missouri marks the first nationally televised game from John Crain Field on ESPNU. The 1 p.m. game will also mark "Senior Day" for the Sooners' six seniors. Missouri leads the all-time series, 9-4-1, and won the 2010 contest, 2-1, in Columbia.