Sept. 23, 2011
The loss drops OU to 5-6 overall and it returns home to begin Big 12 Conference play on Friday, Sept. 30 against No. 2 Oklahoma State.
OU controlled most of the game in the New Mexico’s half, but had some defensive miscues while trailing the shot count, 14-11.
“It’s frustrating to keep possession 70-80 percent of the time and give up the type of goals that we are giving up,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We have to continue to get better defensively and we need to put together another full minutes of quality soccer like we did against BYU last weekend.”:
Since the 2-0 win over BYU last Saturday, the Sooners have dropped a pair of one-goal games at LSU on Monday and Nex Mexico on Friday.
New Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute on the first of two goals from Jennifer Williams on the night.
“We responded better tonight compared to past games when giving up that first goal,” said Nelson. “We didn’t lose confidence.”
Down 1-0 at the half and in search of their first comeback victory of the season, the Sooners tied the contest at one goal apiece on junior Dria Hampton’s fourth goal of the season. Hampton gathered a loose ball in the top of the box and blasted her 12th career goal in the 79th minute.
While the Sooners looked poised to record their first victory of 2011 when giving up the game’s initial goal, the tie ball game only lasted five minutes. In the 85th minute, New Mexico regained its one-goal lead with Williams’ second goal of the contest.
Williams led New Mexico with five shots while Hampton had a game-high six shots, including three on goal.
The all-time series between OU and New Mexico is tied at two wins apiece. Prior to Friday, OU won the last meeting in 2003, a 2-1 Sooner victory in Norman.
Next Friday’s 7 p.m. game against the Cowgirls marks the second matchup between the Bedlam rivals in 2011 after OSU topped OU, 1-0, in Stillwater on Aug. 26. OSU owns a 15-2-2 advantage in the series but 14 of the contests have been decided by one goal or less.
“We expect to have a consistent and focused week of training to get ourselves ready for Big 12 play,” added Nelson.