Sept. 13, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Senior Heather Martinelli scored in the ninth minute and Oklahoma played defense the rest of the way as the Sooners upended No. 18 SMU, 1-0, at John Crain Field in Norman on Friday night.
Oklahoma (5-0-0, 0-0-0 Big 12) extended the longest win streak in school history and produced the fourth shutout of the season with the victory. It was the first win in the series for Oklahoma over the Mustangs.
"The SMU game seems to be a benchmark for us every year," said head coach Randy Evans. "In the past, we've been competitive against them but they still outplayed us. This year you can see how we've progressed. Not only did we win -- we deserved to win. We got the early goal this year and they were forced to make the adjustments."
Oklahoma, playing before an overflow crowd in its home opener, struck early against SMU with the Martinelli score at 8:13. Martinelli put the shot to the left side of the SMU box off an assist from freshman Jenny Jones. It was the first goal of the season for the senior from Norman and the first assist in OU crimson for Jones.
"The goal was just an accumulation of our team's efforts," said Martinelli on the score. "We had the heart and depth to hang on for the win. It's a great feeling."
Sooner goalkeeper Catherine Wade produced four saves and recorded her third shutout of the season. The Sooners had nine shots with six on goal while SMU took 13 shots with four on goal. SMU goalkeeper Erin McLeod had five saves and allowed the one goal.
The Sooners will next host the Arizona Wildcats at John Crain Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. with the first 300 fans receiving a sheet of limited 2002 Oklahoma Sooners soccer trading cards. After the contest, the players will be available for an autograph session.
Call the OU ticket office at (800) 456-GoOU for season ticket information.