Soccer Blanked By No. 4 Texas, 3-0

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 17, 2002

Oct. 18, 2002


NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma battled No. 4 Texas into the second half but a late trio of Longhorn scores sealed the game, 3-0. With the win, Texas snapped an eight-game win streak for OU at John Crain Field and earned its first ever victory in Norman to improve to 6-0 in Big 12 play and 11-2-1 overall. The Sooners drop to 4-2-0 in conference and 11-4-0 overall.

The game kicked off under cloudy skies but the rain held off until the final minutes of the contest when a fine mist began to fall.

Oklahoma outshot Texas in the first half, 14-10, but neither team scored and the game was deadlocked, 0-0, at halftime. Texas took four corner kicks but couldn't convert on the rugged OU defensive line in the first period.

In the second half, the Sooners had their chances at the Texas goal but shots went wide, high and -- in one instance -- popped off the post. Freshman Lauren MacIver (Tulsa, Okla.) had a rare open look at the UT box from 25 yards out but her shot arced just to the left, hit the post and cleared.

The Sooners again outshot Texas for the half, 11-8, but the Longhorns put three balls in the OU net for the difference.

The first score came at 55:50 when UT sophomore Nicole Breger blasted the ball past OU goalkeeper Catherine Wade (Midland, Texas) and put Texas up, 1-0.

Breger headed the ball in for the Longhorns' second score at 72:17.

Jana Cunningham (Tulsa, Okla.) replaced Wade in the box for Oklahoma at 77:34. Just two minutes later, Texas lined up for a penalty kick and UT junior Kati McBain placed the ball in the left corner past Cunningham's gloves.

Texas GK Alex Gagarin accumulated six saves against 25 shots over her 90 minutes in the box.

Oklahoma next hosts Texas A&M on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Sooners' final home game of the 2002 season while Texas travels to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State.



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