Sept. 24, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma soccer team lost 3-1 to Texas Tech in its first conference game of the season Friday, falling to 4-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12.
The Sooners had six more shots on goal and two more corner kicks than Texas Tech, but failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities after falling behind 2-0.
"One of the things that's really frustrating for us is that we have more shots on goal and more corners and yet we lose 3-1," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "We just have to put away our chances. We are outshooting our opponents and we have more corners in every game. Those should be wins. We have to finish our goal-scoring opportunities."
Texas Tech took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute as Dawn Ward scored her fourth goal of the season on an assist from Jessica Fuston.
Less than 15 minutes later the Red Raiders extended their lead to 2-0 as Jessica Disabella scored her second goal of the year from 20 yards out off of a pass from Tiffini Smith in the 24th minute.
The Red Raiders led 2-0 at the half, marking OU's largest halftime deficit of the year.
"I don't ever use youth as an excuse, but we are very young," said Nelson. "We are playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores, up to ten at a time. When we give up a goal, we have a hard time holding onto it at that point. We lose the momentum and we lose our confidence for a period of time. That is what cost us the second goal tonight. We had a big hole to dig out of."
Later in the second half Texas Tech's Smith scored her first goal of the season to bring the Red Raiders' lead to 3-0 in the 62nd minute.
"The third goal was a great goal and Texas Tech is a very good team," said Nelson. "Our focus now is to finish our goal scoring opportunities. We're creating a lot. But the first two goals were our mistakes, things that I feel like we should correct. It's our response, once we make those mistakes, that needs to improve."
Emily Reid scored OU's only goal of the night and her first goal of the season off a penalty kick to cut Tech's lead to two. Reid is the seventh Sooner and the fourth freshman to record a goal this season.
OU goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire started her 28th game in goal for the Sooners and ended Friday's game with a 4-4-1 record on the season.
Friday's win was Tech's first victory over OU in Norman since 1999, the Red Raiders now lead the Sooners 7-6-1 all-time.
The Sooners return to action this Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. to take on Baylor at home. OU leads Baylor 6-4-3 all-time and has won the last three meetings with the Bears.
"It's part of the season," said Nelson. "We play two games within less than 48 hours. The Big 12 is arguably the best conference from top to bottom. There is not any week that you couldn't win a game or lose a game if you're not ready. It's extremely competitive and we know that as a team we have to show up and be ready to battle again on Sunday."
OU will host "Carnival Night" during Sunday's game, the first 100 fans in attendance will receive free stadium scarves and there will be free carnival games on the concourse.