Sept. 19, 2011
The Sooners and Tigers were scoreless in the first half, but LSU built a 2-0 lead after 70 minutes of play.
OU battled back and put constant pressure on the LSU defense in the final 10 minutes of the game. In that span, OU recorded two corner kicks and four shots, including Mooney’s fourth goal of the season on a blast from 30-plus yards out that deflected inside the left post. In 2011, Mooney is tied with Michelle Alexander and Amy Petrikin for the team lead with four goals.
“It is disappointing that we let an opportunity to get a road win against a quality opponent slip away,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “Our effort in scrambling for a goal late was good and we’ll carry that approach into Friday night.”
The Sooners’ goal at the 89:09 mark was assisted by Dria Hampton, her team-leading fourth of the season and the 13th of her career. Hampton is tied for fifth place all-time in OU history in assists with Shana All (2004-07) and trails three Sooners’ with 15 career helpers.
Monday’s loss ended the Sooners’ two-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-5 overall on the season. LSU improved to 5-3-1 in 2011 and 4-0-1 all-time against Oklahoma.
LSU struck first at the 51:48 mark as Taryn Boudreau lobbed one out of the reach of OU goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire, who finished with a season-high eight saves.
The first goal has been critical this season as OU is 0-5 after giving up the game’s first goal and 5-0 when scoring first.
“Our collective response when we give up a goal first has to be better,” added Nelson.
In the 70th minute, it looked like the Tigers put the game out of reach as they took a two-goal lead on Natalie Leyoub’s first goal of the year.
However, the Sooners never gave up and had strong scoring opportunities by Petrikin and Emily Bowman in the final minutes of the game, including Mooney’s goal. Two of LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom’s three saves came in the final minutes on Petrikin and Bowman’s shots.
Two days after recording a key non-conference win over BYU, 2-0, at home, the Sooners were unable to extend their winning streak to a season-best three games despite leading the Tigers in corner kicks, 5-2. But LSU held a 17-11 advantage in shots and handed OU its third one-goal defeat this season.
The Sooners have one more non-conference games left on the schedule before Big 12 play begins. OU will play its third game in six days on Friday, Sept. 23 with a showdown with New Mexico in Albuquerque at 6 p.m. CT. OU leads the all-time series, 2-1, after winning the last meeting in 2003, a 2-1 Sooner victory in Norman.