Sooners Soccer Team Falls Short In Home Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 08, 2000

Sept. 8, 2000

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NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's soccer team came up just short Friday night in its 2000 home opener, 1-0, to 20th-ranked SMU in front of 812 fans at the new OU soccer complex. The game marked the inaugural contest for the Sooners at their new home.

The Mustangs scored the game's only goal just 74 seconds into the contest when Kim Harvey notched her first tally of the season off a double assist from Misty Noland and Ashley Potthoff.

Mustangs' goalkeeper Becca Lief faced just two OU shots on goal and recorded the shutout to move to 3-0 on the year. Oklahoma's Jana Cunningham played all 90 mintues for the Sooners and made five saves while dropping to 0-2.

SMU, which improved to 4-1 with the win, withstood a furious rally by the Sooners late in the final minutes when OU registered four shots.

"I was extremely proud of our effort tonight," said Oklahoma Assistant Coach Matt Grandstrand, who filled in for Head Coach Randy Evans after the latter drew a red card in last Sunday's game against Colorado College. "A game like this tonight shows that we can go toe-to-toe with some of the top teams in the country."

Oklahoma, now 2-3, played without preseason All-Big 12 defender, Christen Secrest, who sustained an ankle injury on Tuesday.

The Sooners next play Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the OU soccer complex, located at the intersection of Chautauqua and Imhoff (immediately west of Lloyd Noble Center) in Norman.

Team Scoring

SMU1     0     --     1

Oklahoma0     0     --     0

Individual Scoring SMU - Harvey (Noland, Potthoff) - 1:14

Shots: SMU 15, OU 7 Saves: SMU 2, OU 5 Corner Kicks: SMU 6, OU 2 Fouls: SMU 13, OU 9 Attendance: 812



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