March 6, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team opened its 2001 spring season with a pair of wins over the Hurricane '84 and '85 club teams Sunday at the OU Soccer Complex.
In the first game against '84, the Hurricane controlled the game for the first fifteen minutes before OU regrouped and got on the board first on an own goal forced by a dribble down the baseline from sophomore Shannon Wing. The Sooners made it 2-0 early in the second on an 18-yard blast from sophomore Jennifer Enos.
The Hurricanes closed the gap back to one on a missed clearance by OU and, although both teams were able to create chances for the rest of the game, the match ended in a 2-1 Oklahoma victory.
In the second game, '85 scored first on a back pass to the keeper. However, the Sooners controlled the pace and the tempo for the rest of the game as they exploded for four goals (three in the first half). OU tied it after Wing received a cross out of the air from freshman Jessica Talton. Another cross from Talton to freshman Erin Young gave the Sooners the lead. Young drove passed several defenders a placed the ball into the upper corner of the net. It was 3-1 after Wing scored her second goal of the game after fighting off a defender a netting the ball from eight yards out.
Oklahoma's final goal was courtesy of junior Megan Olsen, who finished a breakaway off a pass from Wing.
"It was a great to have the Hurricane teams come down for the day. The teams are well coached and play an entertaining style of soccer," said OU Head Coach Randy Evans. "I thought both teams played well. Neither team seemed intimidated to be playing against a college team. Not to take anything away from the '84 team because they played great, I think the '85 team played against a much better OU side. In the first game, it was obvious that we hadn't played since the (Big 12) conference semifinal last fall. The biggest difference between the first and second games was that we remembered how to play. We were communicating, moving off the ball and doing the little things that make us play well, all things that were missing in the first game."
"The defense was tremendous today," added Evans. "Emily (Land) played well controlling things from the sweeper position. Brittany (Davis) was dominating on the right side and Christen played great on the left side. Shannon (Wing) was the key to the offense. She creates so much for herself and others. We are going to be relying on here heavily next fall."
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