Sept. 11, 2011
Oklahoma has won three of its last four games and improved to 4-4 on the season while the Wildcats dropped to 0-6 overall. The Sooners have scored three or more goals in each of their four victories in 2011, including 16 in that span.
Petrikin, originally a defender, moved up to play forward on Sunday and had a career-high nine shots in the game, the most by a Sooner in 2011, including four on goal. She has three goals in the last three games after scoring her first career goal last Sunday against Missouri State.
“It’s really satisfying to see someone’s hard work, day in and day out, pay off with those results,” said Nelson. “She has played wherever we have needed her to this season.”
After being shut out on Friday night against Arizona State, junior midfielder Dria Hampton jump started the offense early with her third goal of the season just two minutes into the contest. Hampton headed in the cross from junior defender Brianna Turang, her first assist of the season.
“Overall, I am very proud of the way we responded to adversity on Friday night, especially with the quick goal,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We continue to move forward from the challenges that we’ve faced this season from an injury standpoint. We put together more minutes of quality soccer today than any other game this season and received contributions from another of new starters in new positions and from our reserves.”
OU held on to the 1-0 lead until the 39th minute as freshman midfielder Emily Bowman increased the advantage to 2-0 on her first goal of the season. The Sooners’ second goal of the game came off a corner kick delivered by freshman midfielder Abby Hodgen, her second assist of 2011.
Arizona cut the lead down to one with 45 seconds left in the first half, but the Sooners quickly countered and as Petrikin found the back of the net on the near post on a cross from Kelsey Kraft with one second left before halftime.
Petirkin’s first goal on Sunday proved to be the game winner, her second of the season, and she hooked up with Kraft again in the second half at the 78:24 mark. Arizona tacked on a late goal with six seconds left in regulation to cut the Sooner lead in half.
Senior goalkeeper Lisa Jett made her first start in net since 2008 as sophomore Kelsey Devonshire’s streak of 49 consecutive starts ended after she was pulled late in the second half of Friday’s game at Arizona State. Jett, who started opposite her sister Ashley in the Wildcats’ goal, made six saves with two goals allowed. OU was without starting defenders Carrie Whigham and Kathryn Watson.
“Lisa Jett played well in goal today,” added Nelson. “I was disappointed that we gave up a goal late in each half, but that will be corrected as we gain more experience on that back line.”
In the first half, OU held an 11-4 advantage in shots and finished the game with 17 shots opposite Arizona’s 12.
OU leads the all-time series with Arizona, 2-0. The Sooners and Wildcats met once prior to this season in 2002 and OU won that game, 2-0, in Norman on Sept. 15.
The Sooners return home for a showdown with Brigham Young on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. It marks the first meeting between the Sooners and Cougars. The contest was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.