Oct. 29, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 11 Oklahoma State in the regular-season finale on Friday. The Bedlam Series, presented by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, was played in front of a program-record 1,946 fans at the OU Soccer Complex (second best crowd in the series).
Oklahoma State struck first with Megan Marchesano’s sixth goal of the season at the 15:32 mark in the first half and added another goal in the second session from Katie Richardson with nine minutes remaining.
The Sooners are 1-5 when surrendering the game’s first goal and the last time OU was in that position and lost, was in the Big 12 opener to Texas Tech on Sept. 24.
Oklahoma will be seeded fourth in next week’s Big 12 Championship with a 10-7-2 overall record and 5-4-1 mark in Big 12 play. The Cowgirls finished second with the win and improved to 15-3-1 and 8-2 in the Big 12.
Oklahoma was tied for the third best record in the Big 12 with Nebraska, but since the two teams tied earlier in the year, the No. 3 seed went to the Huskers holding the advantage in goal differential. It marks OU’s highest finish in conference play, topping the sixth-place finish accomplished in 2003, 2001 and 2000.
Now OU will look to bounce back for the program’s first postseason appearance since 2006. The Sooners have followed every loss in the season with a win in 2010 and will look to do the same in next week’s tournament.
“This team had played four overtime games (heading into tonight) and, I feel like, in combination with being beaten up at this point in the year as everyone is, we were just lacking a little bit of fight that we had all year,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We will bounce back the same way we have (all year). This is just a little bump and we will get them back and ready to go on Wednesday to fight for a Big 12 Championship.”
OU trailed the overall shot count, 7-4, in the first half but battled back in the second session. The Sooners fired 11 opposite the Cowgirls seven in the second half but came up short for the seventh straight time to OSU. The Cowgirls lead the all-time series 14-2-1.
“We out shot them, so I would say we created a ton of opportunities in the attacking third, and we didn’t finish them and we didn’t shoot as much as we should have,” added Nelson.
Freshman Annalisa Hall had a game-high four shots while OU’s sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire made three saves opposite her counterpart, Adrianna Franch, and her five stops.The Sooners will play in play in the first round of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 3 against the No. 5 seed Texas. The game will be played at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, at 11:30 a.m.
OU defeated Texas last Sunday in Austin by a 2-1 count in double overtime. It marked the Sooners’ first win at Texas and also snapped a three-game losing streak in the series.