Oct. 16, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners’ return trip home was spoiled by the visiting Jayhawks on Friday night at John Crain Field as Kansas scored two unanswered goals in the 2-1 win over Oklahoma.
The Sooners, who came back to Norman after a four-game road trip, took an early lead in the 37th minute as junior forward Whitney Palmer netted her 15th goal of the season on a 17-yard blast from the top of the box.
However, the Sooners surrendered a goal two minutes later after taking a 1-0 lead and Kansas scored the game winner in the 73rd minute.
“This is an extremely disappointing loss,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We did not show any fight tonight after starting flat, and, ultimately in the end, couldn’t play our way out of that hole.”
The loss, just the Sooners’ third in 10 games at home, dropped OU to 7-8-1 overall and 2-5 in Big 12 play. Kansas, which trailed OU in the Big 12 standings prior to Friday night, improved to 10-5-1 and 2-4.
The Jayhawks’ Shelby Williamson assisted on both goals after setting up Whitney Berry for the first KU score and Emily Cressy on the game-winning goal.
Kansas held a 13-5 advantage on shots on goal and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. OU freshman goalkeeper was forced to make a season-high 11 saves on the night while her opposition, Julie Hanley, made four stops.
Freshman Dria Hampton led OU with three shots and had two of the Sooners’ seven fires in the second half. Oklahoma placed four shots on goal in the final 45 minutes but fell short in the sixth game this season decided by one goal or less. The Sooners are 2-3-1 in those contests.
The Sooners have three games remaining on the regular season and sit in a tie for ninth place with the Jayhawks in the Big 12. The top eight teams qualify for the postseason tournament held in the first week of November in San Antonio, Texas.
“We have to decide if we want to make the postseason and that has to start with Missouri on Sunday,” added Nelson. “We have an opportunity in front of us that we have to take advantage of with our last couple of games coming at home.”
OU will host two of the remaining games at home starting with Missouri this Sunday at 1 p.m. The Sooners travel to Oklahoma State next Friday and host Baylor on Oct. 30.
The Tigers (9-4-3, 4-0-2) are the only undefeated Big 12 team in conference play after cruising to a 5-0 win at Baylor on Friday night. Missouri has won the last two meetings in the series with Oklahoma.