Nov. 8, 2001
The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team saw its 2001 season come to an end with a hard-fought 1-0 overtime defeat to No. 8 Texas A&M in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. OU ended the year with a mark of 11-7-1, setting a single-season record for wins, while the Aggies improved to 12-3-1 on the year.
The lone goal of the game was scored by Linsey Johnson, unassisted, in the 103rd minute. Johnson broke through on the right side and was able to kick it past a diving Catherine Wade, OU's freshman goalkeeper. The ball hit the side post and bounced in. Despite the goal, Wade stopped a career-high 14 shots.
The Sooners had a couple of chances early in the game with shots by junior Krissy Dawson deflecting off the top of the goal and another just wide. OU clamped down on defense through the rest of the first half as it halted numerous Aggie chances. Wade was especially key, saving six shots before intermission.
Oklahoma's defense continued its stellar play in the second half as the Sooners pushed the scoreless tie to overtime. Wade tallied six more saves and OU's best scoring chance was a shot on goal by sophomore forward Logan Womack midway through the second stanza.
In overtime, senior Jonette Coquat ran the ball down right side but Aggies goalkeeper Esther Thompson made a diving save before Johnson scored the game-winnng goal.
"I'm extremely proud of the way the team played tonight," said Oklahoma Head Coach Randy Evans. "We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country. Those two early chances to score came back to haunt us in the end.
"I'm also proud of the seniors. They are the ones who moved this program to another level. Now, we have to continue that upward climb."
Team Scoring Oklahoma 0 0 0 -- 0 Texas A&M 0 0 1 -- 1
Individual Scoring TAMU - Johnson (unassisted) - 102:36
Shots: OU 8, TAMU 36 Saves: OU 14, TAMU 3 Corner Kicks: OU 2, TAMU 9 Fouls: OU 12, TAMU 16 Attendance: 947