Aug. 28, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- Freshman Dria Hampton recorded the first multi-goal game, in her third career appearance, on Friday as Oklahoma topped visiting Oral Roberts 2-0 in front of 814 fans at John Crain Field. The win improved the Sooners' overall record to 3-0 while the Golden Eagles fell to 1-1.
The game winner came in the 44th minute as Hampton fired a shot in the lower corner of the goal for her first career score. The tally was set up after a nice combination from senior Ashley Farrand and sophomore Jordan White who were both credited with assists.
"The first goal was huge," said Hampton. "It was my first goal, but we were also tied 0-0 with a good team. Someone needed to step up and I happened to get lucky tonight and get my first goal."
The OU defense recorded its third straight shutout to open the season, tying the mark recorded by the 2001 Sooners who also opened the year with three straight games without allowing a goal. The loss was the first for Oral Roberts and goalkeeper Amanda Wheeler who was forced to make 11 saves on the night.
The Sooners' goalkeeper, freshman Kelsey Devonshire, made a season-high four saves to record her third shutout, a mark that is already tied for eighth best in a single season at OU.
Hampton had several other scoring opportunities with all six of her shots coming on goal and found the back of the net again at the 82:01 mark. Once again, Farrand helped set up the goal for the seventh assist of her career. The goal came less than a minute after Hampton was taken down in the ORU box and sent a penalty kick over the crossbar.
The first half saw physical play on both sides of the ball and 19 combined shots. The Sooners tallied 14 shots in the first 45 minutes, and also held a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
"I absolutely thought it was a physical game" said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "I thought that Oral Roberts did a great job keeping us under pressure the entire game. I expected them to come in here and scrap and fight. That is the best Oral Roberts team I have ever seen."
The Sooners carried the momentum of Hampton's first goal into the second half with nine shots on goal and three more corner kicks. White followed Hampton with five shots while sophomore Kelsey Kraft added four and junior Whitney Palmer had three (all on goal).
"It was good for us to see that system, a 3-5-2. And to have to deal with it," added Nelson. "And it was definitely good for us to have to be in more of a physical battle then we have been because we are going to day in and day out in the (Big 12) conference. It is arguably the most physical conference in the nation. So we got to see a little taste of what we are going to see all through conference."
Oklahoma returns to action on Sunday to conclude the four-game home stand against Tulsa at 7 p.m. The Sooners and Golden Hurricane have not met since the 2005 season. OU is 5-2 all-time against Tulsa, which opened the year at home on Friday with a 2-1 against Louisiana Lafayette.