Sept. 19, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team was unable to catch up to No. 11 LSU on Friday night at John Crain Field as the Tigers' high-scoring offense tallied three first half goals en route to a 4-0 victory.
The loss was the fifth straight for Oklahoma and it dropped the Sooners to 1-7 overall on the season. For LSU, the win marked a school-record sixth straight and kept the Tigers undefeated in 2008 at 6-0. LSU is outscoring its opponents 21-2 on the season.
"LSU is a good team, as they showed tonight, especially in the first half," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "We came out with a different mentality (in the second half) and put some good soccer together. It's pretty rough when the shots are 14-15 and we give up four goals and score zero. We are not finishing our opportunities and we made some mistakes in the back line in the first half that dug us a hole."
The Tigers got on the board early as Roslyn Jones scored her fourth goal of the season at the 5:19 mark.
LSU took a 2-0 lead on Melissa Clark's unassisted goal that was fired from the top of the box in the 22nd minute. Then Amanda Carreno gave the Tigers a three-goal advantage with her score at the 44:20 mark.
After the first 45 minutes of action, LSU owned an 8-4 advantage in shots, with six of those shots fired on goal.
The Sooners adjusted after halftime and put together several scoring chances but were unsuccessful in finding the back of the net.
The first chance came with 28 minutes remaining and Whitney Palmer on an OU breakaway opportunity. After Palmer deflected the ball past LSU goalie Mo Isom and was knocked to the ground, she immediately recovered with a shot that missed just inches left of the goal post.
The OU offense came back 12 minutes later as Abbey Golliher struck a ball from 20 yards out on the right side that nearly dipped in underneath the crossbar. However, the attempt was knocked out of bounds by Isom which resulted in one of two OU corner kicks in the second half, an advantage the Sooners held at game's end, 3-1. The Sooners also outshot the Tigers, 10-7, in the final 45 minutes, led by Palmer's four second half shots.
The Tigers put the game out of reach with the fourth and final goal in the 67th minute scored by Kellie Murphy.
"They fought until the final whistle blew and came out better in the second half and those are the things we will focus as we move into our conference season," added Nelson.
The Sooners return to action next weekend to begin Big 12 play at Colorado on Friday, Sept. 26. Two days later, OU heads to Lubbock, Texas, to battle the Red Raiders on Sunday at 1 p.m.