Nov. 7, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Oklahoma’s bid for the program’s first Big 12 Soccer Championship fell short after 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime was needed on Sunday. The game was tied 1-1 after 110 minutes of play and the championship was decided by penalty kicks for the second time in Big 12 history with No. 10 Oklahoma State (17-3-2) coming out on top.
While appearing in the Big 12 Championship game was a program first for OU (12-7-3), so was the round of penalty kicks. The extra session was is also relatively new to the Big 12 championship, which also saw penalty kicks decide the title in 2006.
On Sunday, the Sooners converted all but one of their penalty kicks in the extra session as OSU sophomore goalkeeper Adrianna Franch made the decisive save on Jordan White’s shot. White’s shot was headed to the back corner of the net but Franch, an All-Big 12 first team member, came up with the final stop of several impressive saves on the afternoon.
“It (White’s shot) was taken well, it was a great save,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “You have to commend Oklahoma State for a great fight and congratulate them on the win.”
Oklahoma’s bid to end a seven-game losing streak to OSU fell short despite tallying the game’s first goal.
Early in the first half, the Sooners looked poised to record its third straight win over a ranked foe with several shots on goal, including one from freshman Annalisa Hall, who took a centering pass from sophomore Caitlin Mooney in the second minute of the game. Hall posted her third goal of the season after placing the ball in the lower left corner past a diving Franch.
“I was proud of the way we came out and got an early goal,” said Nelson. “We always stress that we have to come out fighting and put them under pressure early with our attack. It was a great buildup and a great goal.”
The lead lasted until the 69:43 mark when OSU took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Sooners. The inability to clear the ball out of the box, gave OSU’s Kyndall Treadwell the opportunity to gather possession from 15 yards out and tie up the game. Prior to the miscommunication that led the tying goal, OU lost freshman Carrie Whigham on the back line.
“Carrie has played every minute of every game and she is a captain of the U-18 National Team for a reason, “ said Nelson. “That was a tough loss for us. It was a little bit of miscommunication on the goal we gave up,” said Nelson.
The Sooner offense kept pressuring throughout the second half and overtime sessions but OSU’s goalkeeper kept coming up with save after save. OU trailed the overall shot count 20-16, but had nine on goal to OSU’s five. Franch finished with eight stops on the afternoon, while OU’s Kelsey Devonshire made three in the final game of an impressive Big 12 tournament run.
Devonshire allowed one goal in the three games and posted shutouts over two ranked opponents in Texas and Texas A&M. For Devonshire and OU, Sunday’s overtime game marked the sixth in the last eight contests, including four in double OT.
“You can’t say enough about Kelsey and the way our defense has played down the stretch,” added Nelson. “We have faced a number of overtime games throughout the season and they just keep fighting.”
Mooney paced OU with four shots and was credited with the assist on Hall’s goal.
Oklahoma’s postseason fate will be decided on Monday, Nov. 8 when the NCAA Championship’s field of 64 teams is announced on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. CT. After Sunday’s game, which is considered a tie, the Sooners finished the last 10 games with a 6-2-2 record. Six of the last 10 games came against ranked teams with OU posting victories in three and a tie.
“I think we made a very strong case this week and throughout the season,” said Nelson on the Sooners’ chances of making the program’s second NCAA appearance and first since 2003.