Oct. 14, 2010
The Sooners are 4-1-1 in the last six games and remain in fourth place in the Big 12 standings with an 8-5-2 overall record and 3-2-1 mark in conference play. Nebraska had won five straight games over OU and remains one slot ahead of the Sooners in the standings with an 11-4-1 overall record and a 4-2-1 Big 12 mark.
"This team has continued to take steps forward week after week," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "Nebraska is historically a very strong program that we haven't done well against in the past as a program. I am proud of the effort in that it was a great opportunity with what we created."
OU led Nebraska in every aspect of the game on Thursday, including shots (23-19), shots on goal (13-6) and corner kicks (7-6).
The Sooner offense, which created five shots and a corner kick in the first 11 minutes before Nebraska fired off a shot, forced the opposition's goalkeeper, Tara Macdonald, to make a program-record 13 saves on the night.
"Congratulations to Nebraska for a very hard fought battle, their goalkeeper had an incredible game. Thirteen saves is fairly unheard of," said Nelson.
Nebraska, who has not been shut out in six Big 12 games, entered Thursday's game with 13 goals in the last three Big 12 outings. Sophomore Morgan Marlborough, the nation's No. 3 leading goal scorer (No. 1 in points), entered the contest against the Sooners with a goal in each of the last eight games and 10 scores in that span.
"We are the only team in the Big 12 to hold them scoreless," added Nelson. "Hats off to our defense because they did an incredible job shutting her (Morgan Marlborough) down. We'll take the point tonight and move forward."
The OU offense has shined in the previous five games with 19 goals scored, but the defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire's six saves highlighted Thursday's contest.
"I think we had a great game, especially defensively," said Devonshire. "Communication and really staying organized were the big keys."
Despite the second scoreless overtime effort, the OU offense created plenty of opportunities, led by freshman Annalisa Hall and her seven shots, including five on goal. Sophomores Dria Hampton and Caitlin Mooney each had four shots apiece and combined for five shots on target.
"It's really frustrating, but what i think we learned is to keep going at it," said Hall about the scoreless tie. "I mean 23 shots in one game, that's pretty awesome. So it's good that we didn't just put our heads down and quit. We just kept going the whole 90 minutes and two overtimes.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, OU concludes the home stand against Colorado (6-8-1, 2-4-1) at 1 p.m. The Buffaloes lost 3-2 on Thursday night at No. 5 Oklahoma State.