Aug. 22, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision at Colorado College at Stewart Field on Friday in the 2008 season opener for both clubs.
Under first year head coach Nicole Nelson, the Sooners hung with the Tigers, members of Conference USA, despite making mistakes in their defensive half and falling behind early.
After giving up a goal in the first minute of the contest, OU rallied at the 11:52 mark with a goal scored off a free kick by Katie Corbitt. The senior defender’s serve found freshman Kelsey Kraft on the back door, who volleyed in the game-tying score for her first career goal.
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The even game was short lived as the Tigers regained the lead in the 25th minute on Sydney Fetter’s first goal of the season. The goal proved to be the game winner as Colorado College held Oklahoma scoreless throughout the remainder of the game and built a two-goal lead in the second half.
The third and final goal, scored eight minutes into the second half, came after a ball deflected off a Sooner player into the back of the net on one of the Tigers’ seven corner kicks in the game. Lisa Jett, a redshirt freshman that transferred from UCLA, took the loss in the Sooners’ goal despite making seven saves.
“You have to give credit to Colorado College for being organized as a team, especially in the final third of the field on offense,” Nelson said. “I am disappointed with a couple of the goals that we gave up because they were mistakes on our part. We need to get more disciplined and organized on defense.
“This game is behind us and now we return home to prepare for next weekend. We will work harder as a team and we need to improve with each and every day.”
The Sooners return to Norman next weekend and will host a pair of opponents from the Mid American Conference. On Friday, Aug. 29, the Sooners will entertain Central Michigan at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field. The first 250 fans will receive OU 2008 Schedule T-shirts and soccer posters will also be available.
On Sunday, Aug. 31, OU welcomes Ball State for a 1 p.m. contest. Sunday’s game features free admission and the first 500 fans receive OU soccer schedule magnets.
- Despite both teams competing in the central region, Friday’s game was just the second meeting in the all-time series. Colorado College won the first meeting during the 2000 season with a 2-1 double overtime victory.
- The Sooners’ starting lineup on Friday was composed of two seniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. Overall, OU played seven newcomers in the opener, including six freshmen.
- OU is 6-6-1 lifetime in season openers, including a 4-6 mark away from home. The Sooners are 5-2-1 in the last eight season openers.
- Senior Katie Corbitt’s assist on the Sooners’ goal was the fourth of the defender’s career.