Oct. 19, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team missed an opportunity on Friday night to move up the Big 12 standings, but remained in eighth place and in the hunt to earn a postseason bid with a 0-0 tie in double overtime against visiting Texas Tech. The game was the Sooners' fourth played in overtime this season where they are 0-1-3.
With a win on Friday, the Sooners (6-6-3 overall and 2-4-1) would have moved into a tie for sixth place in the standings with Texas Tech (5-6-2, 3-3-1). The top eight teams in the standings qualify for the 2007 Big 12 Championship.
Only three Big 12 games remain on Oklahoma's schedule with Colorado (7-5-3, 3-3) and No. 6 Texas (11-2-2, 4-1-1) at home next weekend and No. 23 Oklahoma State (10-3-2, 3-2-1) in Stillwater on Nov. 1.
The Sooners and Red Raiders had equal scoring opportunities in the first half, with OU senior Tenesha Duncan creating the best chance inside the Texas Tech box at the 42:32 mark in the first half. Duncan's shot from five yards out deflected off the Texas Tech post and OU finished the first half trailing 5-4 in the shots' column.
"We were able to find our forwards feet and take their defense on, but their back line held tight," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "When we did get behind their defense, I didn't think we made great decisions. We wasted too many opportunities shooting from bad angles instead of setting someone up to finish."
In the second half, Texas Tech pressured the OU defense with eight shots, forcing senior goalkeeper Jenny Nichols to make five saves in the game.
Nichols made her second straight appearance in goal for OU after taking over for an injured Tara Macdonald (back). Friday's shutout was the 16th in Nichols career, a mark that ranks second all-time in OU history.
Her counterpart, Tina Rincon, also collected five saves on the night for Texas Tech, facing three OU shots in the second half. The Sooners held a 2-1 advantage in shots during the two 10-minute overtime periods.
"I was happy with the defense, but disappointed on the offensive side," added Evans. "Jenny was great. Going into the year, we knew we had two starting goalkeepers. Tara got hurt last weekend and Jenny stepped up. We are terrific in the goal with either one of them."
OU will resume action at home on Sunday and step out of Big 12 play to battle Butler (5-8-1) at noon. The Sooners are 4-1-2 at home this season and 4-2-2 in non-conference action.