Sept. 28, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Sooner soccer team controlled Sunday’s game early with a 1-0 halftime lead at Texas Tech, but came away with another defeat after it fell 2-1 in double overtime at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Texas Tech rallied after the break to tie the game with a second half goal and then another score in the second overtime session after 101 minutes of soccer.
The second and final goal got past OU goalkeeper, Lisa Jett, after the Red Raiders headed in the game winner on a cross from the left side. Texas Tech forced the Sooners’ freshman goalie to make a season-high nine saves.
The loss was the seventh straight for the young Sooners under first year head coach Nicole Nelson and was another in a series of close games. OU has dropped four one-goal decisions, including two in overtime, this season.
Oklahoma fell to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play after Sunday’s decision, while Texas Tech improved to 6-3-1 and 1-2.
“We let one slip away today after we did enough to come away with a win,” said Nelson. “We had a couple of defensive mistakes that cost us the game but you have to give Texas Tech credit. They did a nice job of coming from behind on their home field, despite a solid effort by our attack in the final third.”
Whitney Palmer scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season at the 32:00 mark to give OU a 1-0 halftime lead. The goal was the 11th of Palmer’s career, moving her into a tie for 10th place all-time at Oklahoma. The Plano, Texas, native was assisted by fellow sophomore Kelsey Allison. The helper was Allison’s third of the season, a total that leads all Sooners.
The 1-0 Oklahoma lead lasted for 25-plus minutes until the Red Raiders evened the score on Rezaie Zhaleh’s goal in the 58th minute.
Both teams’ offenses were held at bay for the remainder of the second half and all 10 minutes of the first overtime session.
However, Texas Tech connected in the second and final overtime with Brittney Harrison’s team-leading seventh goal of the season and third game winner at the 102nd minute.
“We definitely took strides forward with the way we approached today’s game and the way we fought, but, unfortunately, it still wasn’t good enough,” added Nelson. “We have to continue working on finishing our offensive opportunities. We had better numbers in our attack today but finding the back of the net was the issue.”
OU returns home to host its final non-conference opponent of the season, Oregon, on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Following the meeting with the Ducks, the Sooners return to Big 12 play at No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.