Oct. 1, 2010
The Sooners are 3-3 on the road in 2010 after posting a 1-6-1 mark away from home a year ago.
Each of the seven goals in the game came in the first 60 minutes with OU’s Whitney Palmer tallying the game winner in the 55th minute. The goal was Palmer’s fourth of the season and 33rd of her career. She ranks second all-time in career goals at Oklahoma, one behind Logan Womack.
Friday’s win takes Oklahoma’s overall record to 6-4-1 and 2-1 in Big 12 play. Iowa State drops to 6-4-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 action.
“Tonight was a tremendous team effort to get a win,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We are learning to deal with the adversity that comes with the season and are seeing growth from our young players each week.”
OU freshman Samantha Howell has been one of the Sooners’ new contributors in 2010. Howell started the scoring for the Sooners in the first five minutes of the game at the 5:27 mark. Howell’s goal, her second of the year, was assisted by fellow freshman Carrie Whigham (first career assist).
The Sooners’ offense, which has scored seven goals in the last two games after starting the year with 10 in the first nine contests, received its second goal of the night from sophomore Caitlin Mooney. Freshman Amy Petrikin posted her second assist of the year to give Mooney, the sophomore transfer from Maryland, her third goal of 2010 and OU a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of action.
However, the Cyclones battled back thanks to a two-goal performance by Brittany Morgan. She cut OU’s lead in half with her first goal in the 34th minute. But less than two minutes later, the Sooners regained a two-goal lead thanks to junior Kelsey Kraft, who netted her third goal in the last two games.
The Sooners led 3-1 at the half and held on for the victory despite allowing two goals in the final 45 minutes.
“I commend Iowa State on a gritty performance,” added Nelson. “They were determined and fought hard the full 90 minutes.”
OU entered the weekend with a 5-2 mark in games decided by one goal and recorded another close victory on Friday. The Sooners have more victories than any other team in the Big 12 in one-goal games.
The Sooners have won each of the last three meetings with the Cyclones but trail the all-time series at 8-5-2. Last year’s victory was the Sooners first in Ames in eight chances (2-6-1). After Friday’s match, 11 of the 14 games in the series have been decided by one goal or less with ISU holding a 5-4-2 advantage.
The Sooners return to action on Sunday at Missouri (3-5-2, 1-1) for a 1 p.m. contest at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. The Tigers hosted No. 8 Oklahoma State on Friday and lost 3-1.