Oct. 3, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team was unable to overcome two Oregon goals scored early in the second half as it fell, 2-0, at home in front of 623 fans at John Crain Field on Friday.
The loss drops Oklahoma to 1-10 overall and moves Oregon to 7-2-1. Friday’s meeting was the second in the all-time series and the first since the 1996 season. Oregon also won that game, 4-0, in Eugene during the Sooners’ inaugural season.
After a scoreless first half, the Ducks scored one minute and 30 seconds into the second session. Jen Stottenberg scored the first of two goals on the night in the 47th minute to give Oregon a 1-0 lead.
Stottenberg struck again six minutes later and tallied her second goal of the game and team-leading seventh on the season at the 52:45 mark.
“Once again, we give up two goals back-to-back, dig ourselves a hole, and then are chasing the game,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “That’s the sixth time, I think, this year that we have given up back-to-back goals. We have got to find a way to regroup after allowing that first goal instead of completely losing our focus.”
OU was outshot 15-8 in the game and trailed 9-2 at the half. The Sooners and Ducks each fired six shots in the second half and OU’s Lauren Alkek led all Sooners with a season-high four shots.
Alkek had perhaps the Sooners’ best opportunity to cut the lead in half with 20 minutes left in the game. Jordan White set up Alkek on a breakaway but the hard-hit shot went inches left of the post.
The Sooners will aim to snap an eight-game skid on Sunday as they return to Big 12 play at No. 7 Texas A&M at 1:30 p.m. OU has never defeated the Aggies in 13 prior meetings and is 0-2 this season against ranked opponents.