Sept. 30, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 2 Oklahoma State on Friday at John Crain Field in the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series. It marked the Big 12 opener for the Sooners and it was played in front of a record crowd of 2,002 fans.
"Incredible crowd," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "We love our fans, this environment and the facility."
The Cowgirls took the early lead at the 10:15 mark from Kyndall Treadwell and held a 2-0 halftime lead thanks to a goal from Carson Michalowski in the 31st minute. Sarah Brown scored the third and final goal at the 54:03 mark as OSU swept the regular season series.
The Sooners had their chances in both halves, including a game-high four shots from Dria Hampton (three on goal) and a pair from Amy Petrikin.
OU led the game in shots (11-8) and were tied with five shots on goal and three corner kicks, but All-American goalkeeper Adrianna Franch kept the Sooners scoreless with five saves.
"When we out shoot a team like that and when our goalkeeper has two saves, you don't expect them to have three goals out of that," said Nelson. "So, they are very good at finishing tin the box. In the defensive end, their goalkeeper covers a tremendous amount of ground for them."
The loss takes OU's overall record to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play while OSU improved to 14-0 (3-0 Big 12).
OSU leads the series 16-2-2 after the two met earlier this season on Aug. 26 in Stillwater and the Cowgirls recorded a 1-0 victory. Despite the 3-0 result, Coach Nelson was pleased with the response from her team on Friday night.
"I was very pleased with the way we responded (to the first goal)," added Nelson. "We committed 100 percent to competing all 90 minutes and didn't deter from that all. I didn't feel like there was any lack of confidence any time we gave up a goal. So I think that is a huge step. I think we will build on this and I think it will really catapult us in the rest of the conference season."
Tonight's game will air on a tape delay Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. on the Sooner Sports Network (Cox Ch. 3/703 HD) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Toby Rowland, the voice of the Sooners, calls the play-by-play alongside David Bassity, assistant director of OU Athletics Communications, on color analysis.
The Sooners return to action on Sunday against Texas Tech. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at John Crain Field. Fans that present their OU football ticket vs. Ball State will receive $4 admission. The Red Raiders (7-3-2, 1-0-1) tied Baylor in Waco on Friday night.
"We have to pick ourselves back up and just go to work," said Hampton. "I know starting out 0-1, we can turn it completely back around with a win on Sunday."