Oct. 21, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team stepped out of Big 12 play on Sunday and fell, 1-0, to visiting Butler at John Crain Field. Butler's Abbie Kaul scored her second goal of the season on a header delivered off a free kick by Angie Muir at the 63:02 mark.
The loss drops OU's overall record to 6-7-3 and Butler upped its mark to 6-8-1.
After a scoreless tie on Friday night against Texas Tech, the Sooners again had trouble finding the back of the net on Sunday, dropping just their second defeat of the season at home. Butler outshot OU, 10-9, while OU held a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.
"We did not do a good job of maintaining our focus today against a non-conference opponent," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "This was not a focused performance and we probably would have been better off if Butler scored earlier in the game to wake the team up sooner."
The Sooners' offense held the ball in the Bulldogs' end of the field following the score, but were unable to score the equalizing goal despite three shots off three set pieces.
Redshirt freshman Tara Macdonald allowed the goal in the second half after subbing in for starter Jenny Nichols. Butler's Kaul had a clear path to score on the back side of the OU goal and her header slipped between Macdonald's hands.
Nichols came back in to finish the game with two saves on the afternoon. Macdonald took the loss and fell to 2-5-1. For Butler, Annalise Larkin improved to 6-8-1 with two saves against the Sooners.
OU entered Sunday tied for eighth place in the Big 12 standings at 2-4-1. The Sooners have three games remaining in the regular season and two of those, Oct. 26 versus Colorado and Oct. 28 against No. 6 Texas, will be played at home. The season finale against No. 23 Oklahoma State, will be played on Nov. 1 in Stillwater.
"We know what is ahead of us in conference play and we know what we have to do," added Evans. "It's disappointing we could not use today's game to create momentum for the next weekend. We have to refocus, especially on the good things we did Friday night (against Texas Tech), and get ready for Colorado."
The Sooners will host Colorado next Friday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, they will entertain Texas and host "Senior Day" at 1 p.m.