Aug. 11, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 2012 Oklahoma soccer team lost 2-0 to Tulsa on Saturday night in the lone exhibition game of the preseason.
Tulsa struck first in the 26th minute in front of a crowd of 400-plus at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex and never looked back with another score at the 68:02 mark.
"It was not the result we wanted. You never want to lose games, obviously, but we competed and Tulsa gets the credit tonight," said first-year head coach Matt Potter.
It marked the first game in the Potter era, who took over as head coach of the program in late December after nine years and three NCAA appearances at Washington State.
OU trailed the shot count 15-10, led by Annalisa Hall with a game-high four and two from Caitlin Mooney. The exhibition featured three 30-minute periods instead of the two 45-minute halves seen during the regular season.
In the 80th minute, OU put together its best offensive threat as Abby Hodgen's shot was blocked by a Tulsa defender on the back line and Mooney's follow-up was deflected out of bounds. The near miss resulted in one of two corner kicks in the game for the Sooners. Tulsa had one corner kick in the contest.
"Overall, we have to do a better job in some key areas, and we will continue to work towards that," added Potter. "Tonight, I think it was good to get this game under our belts until we really start next week and those games count."
Saturday's starting lineup featured a pair of three-year starters in Kelsey Devonshire (GK) and Katharine Nutman (MF). Also starting in the exhibition game included sophomores Emily Bowman and Molly Richey, juniors Zoe Dickson, Annalisa Hall, Samantha Howell and Kathryn Watson and seniors Kali Fournier, Caitlin Mooney and Brianna Turang.
The Sooners reported back to campus on Aug. 1 and open the 2012 regular season at home on Friday, Aug. 17 against Nebraska.
OU plays 10 of its 19 regular season games at home this season. The season opener against Nebraska is the first of four played in Norman to begin the season. The homestand also includes LSU, Vanderbilt and Nicholls State.
Season tickets are on sale now for purchase online and by phone (800-456-GoOU). Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 7 and will also be available at the gate the day of the game.