Oct. 26, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team held a 1-0 lead for the first 81 minutes on Friday, but fell 2-1 to visiting Colorado in overtime at John Crain Field.
The Buffaloes were held scoreless until the 82nd minute when Alex Cousins scored her second goal of the season. Less than nine minutes later, Colorado struck again with the game-winning goal scored in the first 27 seconds of overtime.
"This is a disappointing loss, especially when you consider the great effort we had tonight," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "We had some momentum and that got stopped in a hurry."
The loss drops OU's overall record to 6-8-3 and 2-5-1 in Big 12 play, while Colorado improves to 8-6-3 and 4-4-0.
The Sooners entered Friday's game in ninth place in the Big 12 standings and needed a win to move into one of the top eight spots that will compete for the 2007 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas from Nov. 7-11. After Friday's results, the Sooners trail the Buffaloes and the Kansas Jayhawks by five points with two games remaining.
OU will look to win the remaining two contests of the regular season, against No. 8 Texas on Sunday at home and at No. 25 Oklahoma State next Thursday in Stillwater, to stay alive for a postseason bid. The Sooners will also need some help as they trail Colorado (4-4-0), Kansas (3-2-3) and Oklahoma State (4-3-1) in the standings.
"All we can do now is keep working hard and keep playing as well as tonight and hope things go our way," added Evans.
After a scoreless first half, OU took the first lead of the game on senior Allyson Kucera's third goal of the season. Kucera's shot from 25-plus yards slipped through the hands of Colorado keeper Kirstin Radlinski at the 57:26 mark.
Despite trailing in shots, 8-5, in the second half, OU played strong and held Colorado scoreless until Cousins goal at the 81:37 mark travelled past OU senior goalkeeper Jenny Nichols.
As the momentum switched, Colorado took advantage in the first minute of overtime, putting together a quick score for the win. NIkki Marshall scored her ninth goal of the season to end the contest in the Buffaloes' favor.
Colorado finished the game with a 12-9 edge in shots and 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Defensively, Radlinksi made five saves for Colorado while OU's Nichols recorded three stops.
Friday's game was OU's second played in extra time in the last three games. OU played Texas Tech last Friday in a scoreless draw. The Sooners are 0-2-3 in their five overtime games this season.
On Sunday, Oklahoma will look to rebound as it hosts No. 8 Texas at 1 p.m. Sunday will commemorate "Senior Day" for seven OU seniors after the game and it also marks the first "Pack the Park" promotion. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and the first 250 fans will receive a "white noise" shirt and the following 250 fans will receive OU rally towels.