Oct. 5, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The OU soccer team (1-11 overall, 0-3 Big 12) was unsuccessful in handing No. 7 Texas A&M (10-1-1, 3-0-1) its first conference loss of the season, falling 5-0 at the Aggie Soccer Stadium on Sunday. The first-place Aggies scored three first half goals en route to the victory.
The Sooners' attempt at accomplishing a couple of firsts on Sunday was halted after the first 45 minutes, as they dropped to 0-14 all-time against the Aggies and 0-3 against ranked opponents in 2008.
Despite the 3-0 Texas A&M lead at the break, the Oklahoma offense put together a solid first half that included four shots and three corner kicks in comparison to the Aggies' six shots and one corner.
The difference in the game was the Aggies' ability to connect on set pieces as four of their five goals came on either a free kick, corner kick or penalty kick.
Texas A&M struck first on a free kick that crossed through the OU box and found Laura G. Robinson, who headed the ball from the back door and into the back of net in the 16th minute.
The Aggies scored on another set piece in the 25th minute, this time on the game's first corner kick that occurred 10 minutes after they took a 1-0 lead. Brianne Young's header caught OU goalie Lisa Jett off guard as the ball deflected off her and into the back of the net.
Rachel Shipley gave Texas A&M a 3-0 advantage at the 31:26 mark and before the break as she scored the only goal of the game that did not come off a set play.
Texas A&M capitalized a pair of set pieces in the second half, the first coming on a Sooner foul in their box which paved the way for Amber Gnatzig to increase the lead to four goals on the penalty kick. Young tallied her second score of the game and the fifth and final goal of the game on free kick from 20 yards out.
The Sooners have lost nine straight games and have seven games remaining on the season, including five at the OU Soccer Complex.
The first of those five games in Norman will see Oklahoma return to action next weekend to host Missouri in the Big 12 home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The Sooners conclude the weekend home stand on Sunday against Kansas at 1 p.m.