Oct. 12, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Sooners' soccer team allowed a season-high three goals at No. 12 Missouri on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Complex. Missouri blanked Oklahoma, 3-0, to improve to 6-0 at home this season.
Alysha Bonnick put the Tigers ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute, tallying the only goal of the first half. Missouri put the game out of reach with two late, second-half scores in the 72nd and 84th minute.
"They came out with high pressure like we expected and we gave up an early goal on a defensive mistake," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "We finally turned the tide and had momentum heading into halftime.
"Missouri did a great job of putting pressure on us and testing our defense. We had a couple of lapses and they punished us on them."
The Sooners' 2007 struggles on the road continued on Friday. OU is 1-5 away from John Crain Field this season (4-1-1 at home) and dropped to 5-6-2 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 play.
The Tigers, ranked as high as No. 5 in one of the national polls this week, remained undefeated in conference action, improving to 4-0 and 10-2 overall.
Despite being blanked, the Sooners had their chances, mainly near the end of the first half. In a five-minute span, OU had three quality shots, two that were blocked, and one corner kick.
"It was disappointing after we created all that momentum and were unable to finish those chances at the end of the first half," said Evans. "Missouri is a very good team and some of our positions held up nicely, but we still have some work to do on other areas of the field."
OU will look for the split on the weekend with a road contest at Kansas on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Jayhawks (3-9-2, 1-1-2) tied No. 23 Oklahoma State, 2-2, on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
"We showed some positive signs tonight," said Evans. "But we need to put that all together and be consistent for 90 minutes on Sunday."