Sept. 27, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma erased a two-goal deficit with four scores in the second period to beat Baylor, 4-2, in the Big 12 conference opener at John Crain Field on Friday night.
Junior preseason All-Big 12 forward Logan Womack (Norman, Okla.) broke numerous records for the Sooners with the first hat trick in the program's history. Womack's three scores set Oklahoma single game records for goals and points (six) and pushed her in to a tie with former Sooner Jonette Coquat for the all-time OU career goals record (26).
In front of a boisterous Sooner crowd, Baylor (6-3, 0-1 Big 12) struck early to go up, 1-0, when sophomore Kristin Ruef knocked in an unassisted goal off the crossbar and past OU goalkeeper Catherine Wade (Midland, Texas) at 8:14 in the first period.
An own goal by the Sooners just 14 minutes later at 22:11 would stretch the Baylor lead to 2-nil and give the Bears the halftime cushion.
"At the half, I looked at the scoreboard and Baylor had one shot on goal and two scores," said head coach Randy Evans. "I told our team that adversity doesn't build character -- adversity reveals character. We were certainly facing some adversity at halftime. We needed to put some urgency in our play. And there's nothing like being down two goals to create a little urgency. I told them we needed disciplined chaos."
Oklahoma (7-2, 1-0 Big 12) tore out of the gate in the second period as senior Krissy Dawson (Peoria, Ariz.) ignited the Sooner comeback with an athletic shot from the top of the box to the left corner of the goal at 58:46.
Down 2-1, Logan Womack took charge and scored just four minutes later off an assist from Shannon Wing (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Becky Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.). Womack blasted her shot to the left corner of the net from short range past Baylor keeper Monica Housden at 63:36.
In the 71st minute, with the game tied and the home crowd roaring, freshman Lauren MacIver (Tulsa, Okla.) crossed to Womack and the junior chipped it in off the Baylor keeper for the 3-2 lead.
Freshman Becky Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.) worked the ball to Womack again in the 86th minute in front of the box and the junior pulled off the hat trick with a score on a rebound off the Baylor keeper to ice the game at 4-2.
"We've struggled in the past with Baylor," said Womack after the game. "To be down by two and come back and win by two -- that really says a lot about our team. It's clearly a team effort. We're ready to keep it going -- we're ready for Big 12."
Oklahoma finished with a 21 to seven shot advantage over the Bears with eight on goal. MacIver and Nelson had two assists and Shannon Wing contributed one.
The Sooners continue conference action against Texas Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. at John Crain Field. Super Sooner Soccer Sunday allows OU fans to receive $2 admission to the game by showing their OU-USF football ticket stub at the gate.