Aug. 31, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team recorded its first victory of the 2008 season after completing a 2-1 comeback against Ball State on Sunday at John Crain Field.
The win improves the Sooners' record to 1-2 on the season while Ball State, the two-time defending Mid American Conference Champions, fell to 0-2.
The Sooners rebounded after Friday's loss that saw them drop a 3-1 decision to visiting Central Michigan, despite holding a 1-0 halftime lead.
On Sunday, the roles were reversed as Ball State ended the first session ahead 1-0 and the Sooners rallied with a pair of second half goals. Sophomore Whitney Palmer tied the game for Oklahoma nine minutes into the second half and freshman Jordan White scored the game winner in the 82nd minute.
"Tremendous effort on our team's part to bounce back from a rough game on Friday night," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "We played a team that was rested (in Ball State), so the energy it took to come up with a win after being down at the half, shows tremendous spirit by the part of these players."
Ball State took the game's initial lead with under six minutes to go in the first half. Sarah Schumacker got behind the Sooners' defense and placed the ball past OU goalkeeper Lisa Jett (1-2) and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. Schumacker's goal was one of four shots fired in the first half by the Cardinals.
The Sooners were also aggressive in the first 45 minutes of action, but came up empty on their opportunities that included seven shots and one corner kick.
In addition, the OU offense was whistled for nine offside calls in the first half and that issue was addressed at halftime.
"We were putting ourselves in position to score goals and were just being lazy mentally," said Nelson. "I told them to make runs down the line and then penetrate in behind. It's easy to fix offsides and we made the adjustments."
OU did make the necessary adjustments in the second half and was only called for one offsides in the final 45 minutes.
The Sooners also came out firing after the break as Palmer tallied her second score of the season at the 54:05 mark. Palmer's game-tying goal was assisted by Kelsey Allison who placed the ball over the BSU defense to set up the breakaway run.
Palmer's goal helped pave the way for OU's rally in the second session, as the home team fired eight shots and put together four corner kicks. With momentum on their side, the Sooners struck again at the 81:41 mark on White's goal.
Again, the Sooners were able to play the ball past the Cardinals' defense to set up a one-versus-one with BSU goalkeeper Rachael Murphy (0-1). This time, Brianne Frost placed the ball at White's feet and the freshman converted the first goal of her Sooner career.
Oklahoma finished the game with 15 shots opposite Ball State's 11, despite the Cardinals recording an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Sooners return to action next weekend to play at North Texas on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. Following the road contest, OU returns home to host Rice at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 at John Crain Field.