Sept. 5, 2010
Despite having 10 players on the field, the Sooners (2-1-1) controlled what proved to be a physical contest that featured two penalty kicks and five cards issued in the first half.
"I learned a lot about this team today," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "The fight and guts that they showed playing nearly 90 minutes a man down, was tremendous. It tells me a lot about how much they can accomplish this year."
Palmer took advantage of the first major foul and scored the game's initial goal after she was taken down in the Tigers' box and proceeded to convert her third career penalty kick. The goal marked the 30th of Palmer's career and it moved her to within four of tying the program record held by Logan Womack (2000-03).
"It felt really good," said Palmer about ending her scoreless streak to start the season. "I felt like I was in a slump."
While Palmer's goal in the fourth minute gave OU an early 1-0 lead, the Sooners applied constant pressure on the Tigers' defense and forced goalkeeper Caitlin Hulyo to make four saves in the first half off11 shots and five corner kicks.
Sophomore Dria Hampton nearly gave OU the early 1-0 lead at the 3:29 mark, just seconds before Palmer's goal. However, her shot hit the far post and deflected out of the Tigers' box. In the 15th minute, Samantha Howell pounded a shot off the Colorado College crossbar but another unlucky bounce kept OU from taking a 2-0 lead.
At the 31:56 mark, Colorado College (2-1-1) made its move and tied the game at one apiece. Tiffany Brown received a penalty kick and converted the chance for her second score of the season.
Seven minutes after the Tigers' knotted things up, it appeared that the game turned in the visitor's favor as OU senior Lauren Alkek received a red card. The penalty forced the home squad to plan down a man for the final 72 minutes, but the ejection did not slow down the Sooners' offense which fired eight shots to Colorado College's nine in the second half.
In overtime, OU again controlled the pace and outshot CC 3-1. In 110 minutes of action, the Sooners fired a season-high 22 shots, led by Palmer's six, including four on goal. The Tigers' Hulyo made 11 saves in the game.
In the Sooners' goal, sophomore Kelsey Devonshire had a stellar outing and made a season-high seven saves, including two key stops on breakaway shots by Brown with 33 minutes remaining and 22 minutes left on the clock.
Colorado College, a perennial power in the central region and Conference USA, won both previous meetings with Oklahoma (2008 and 2000), but Sunday's game was the first played in Norman. The first meeting in the series, a 2-1 Tiger victory, was also decided in double overtime.
Since dropping the season opener at then-No. 19 Oklahoma State, OU has gone 2-0-1 and returns to the road next weekend. The Sooners will play at Missouri State on Friday, Sept. 10 and return home to host Rice on Sunday, Sept. 12.