OU Soccer Defeats Tulsa Club, 3-1, In Spring Finale

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 30, 2001

April 30, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team finished its spring schedule in strong form with a 3-1 win over the Tulsa Soccer Club Saturday at the OU Soccer Complex in Norman. OU concluded its spring with a 5-2 record and three consecutive triumphs.

The Sooners got off to a slow start and fell behind, 1-0, after TSC scored off a corner kick that was sent back in and finished from close range. The Sooners tied it just before half when junior Megan Olsen was able to beat the keeper after sophomore Krissy Dawson made a pass behind the defense.

OU took control in the second half with two goals and shut down the Tulsa offense. Sophomore Heather Martinelli created a break down the left side and slotted the ball into the corner of the net. Martinelli combined with Olsen (who was credited with the assist) for the go-ahead goal.

The Sooners made it a 3-1 final when sophomore Shannon Wing cut across the top of the box from the right side and beat the keeper with a shot to the near post.

"I was rather disappointed with the way our team came out to play," said Oklahoma Head Coach Randy Evans. "We have been playing so well this entire spring. I think we had too many players not mentally prepared to start the game. I thought their first goal summed up a lot of our play to begin with. We made a couple of mistakes in the back to give up a corner kick which they scored on. If you make mistakes like that against a good team then they are going to punish you for it, and they did. I think it was the great goal Megan scored just before halftime that righted our ship. The second half more closely resembled the level of play that we've experienced this spring. Heather and Megan combined to score another great goal, then Shannon hit a nice shot to wrap up the scoring. The defense played much better after a shaky start."

OU begins its 2001 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 2, when it travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU. The Sooners' home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, versus Oral Roberts.



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