Oct. 22, 2010
COLLEGE STATION , Texas -- The Sooner soccer team’s upset bid over No. 6 Texas A&M fell short on Friday in a 2-1 loss in double overtime in front of 2,724 fans at the Aggie Soccer Complex
Alyssa Mautz netted the game winner for the Aggies at the 104:19 mark. Texas A&M was forced to come from behind at home as the Sooners took the game’s initial lead in the 49th minute.
The loss drops OU’s overall record to 9-6-2 overall and into a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 standing at 4-3-1. Texas A&M moved into a tie for first place in the league standings with a 7-1 mark (14-3 overall).
After a scoreless first half, the Sooners wasted little time to score the first goal of the contest. Three minutes after halftime at the 48:02 mark, sophomore Caitlin Mooney scored her sixth goal of the season. Mooney has been one of several Sooners riding a hot streak with three goals and an assist in the last five games.
Oklahoma’s 1-0 lead was short lived as 54 seconds later, Texas A&M’s Rachel Shipley tallied her eighth goal of the season to tie the game at one goal apiece.
"Obviously, it's disappointing to let an opportunity to win against a top tier Texas A&M team, in College Station, slip away," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "I am proud of the way our girls competed tonight, but we could have done more to prevent the first goal against. We will make adjustments and prepare for a tough match versus a very good Texas team in Austin Sunday night."
Besides Mooney’s goal, freshman Samantha Howell led the Sooners with four shots, including a blast that was saved with 55 seconds left in regulation.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sooner goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire made a career-high 12 saves opposite Texas A&M’s Kelly Dyer and her seven stops.
The Sooners were looking to upset the Aggies for the second straight year after recording their first series victory over then-No. 13 Texas A&M in Norman last season.
Friday marked the first double overtime game in the history of the series. The two played in an overtime contest in the 2001 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas (Texas A&M won 1-0).
The Sooners have played three straight games in overtime and is 1-1-2, while Texas A&M improved to 3-1 in games played in extra time.
The tough road trip for the Sooners continues on Sunday, Oct. 24, as they battle the Texas Longhorns (11-3-3, 4-2-2) in Austin at 7 p.m. Texas became the first Big 12 school to beat No. 5 Oklahoma State on Friday with a 1-0 victory at home.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Longhorns sit one point ahead of the Sooners in fourth place in the Big 12 standings.