OU Soccer Loses Tough Season Opener, 2-0, To Tulsa

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 25, 2000

Aug. 25, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - Despite almost dead-even play, the University of Oklahoma women's soccer team came up short against Tulsa, 2-0, in the second game of the AT&T Wireless Soccer Challenge Friday Night in front of 576 fans in Edmond. Tulsa moved to 1-0 on the young season, while Oklahoma fell to 0-1.

Tulsa's first goal came at the 24:45 mark when Kelly Noonan headed in a score past OU's Ayn Toppin off an assist from Melissa McCormick.

In the second half, the Golden Hurricane nicked OU again at the 67:23 mark when Julie Twellman scored right in front of the net with Oklahoma goalkeeper Jana Cunningham out of the box. McCormick earned her second assist of the night while Marcie Feguson also aided on the goal.

Tulsa goalkeeper Pam Devore posted the shutout victory.

Jonette Coquat tallied eight shots and Heather Martinelli and Shannon Wing registered four shots each, but it wasn't enough for Oklahoma.

"I thought we played a tremendous second half," said Oklahoma Head Coach Randy Evans. "If we would have played the entire match liked we played the second 45 minutes, I feel we could have won the game. The team also showed a lot of heart. I was particulary impressed with the play of the freshmen. They gave us a great effort."

Noonan's goal for Tulsa stopped the Sooners' regular-season streak of holding opponents without a goal at 276:21 minutes. Including its two exhibition victories, OU's streak stood at 456:21.

In the of first game of the AT&T Wireless Soccer Challenge, Oklahoma State edged Oral Roberts, 1-0. Oklahoma next plays Oral Roberts Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Edmond Soccer Complex.

Team Scoring
Tulsa          0    0   --   0
Oklahoma       2    0   --   2

Individual Scoring TU - Noonan (McCormick) - 24:45 TU - Twellman (McCormick, Ferguson) - 67:23

Shots: TU 12, OU 20 Saves: TU 6, OU 3 Corner Kicks: TU 3, OU 2 Fouls: TU 17, OU 14 Attendance: 576

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