Oct. 24, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sophomore Dria Hampton ripped the game-winning goal in double overtime to give the Sooner soccer team a 2-1 win over Texas at Mike A. Myers Field on Sunday night.
It marked the first win in Austin for Oklahoma in seven tries and it also snapped a three-game skid against the Longhorns.
"I'm extremely proud of the grit the Sooners showed tonight, winning in the fourth overtime period of the last two games," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "This was a fitting end for a Red River Rivalry match, and I compliment Texas on their soccer and character throughout the game."
With one game remaining in the regular season, OU moved back into third place in the Big 12 standings with a 10-6-2 overall record and 5-3-1 mark in league play. The Sooners reached the double-digit win total for the fifth time in school history and last won 10 games in 2005 when they recorded a program-best 13 victories. Texas dropped to 11-4-3 and 4-3-2.
Both teams found the back of the net in the first half, but a 1-1 score carried over in extra time until Hampton’s blast, her fifth of the year, from 30 yards out. The shot found the upper left corner of the Texas goal and deflected off the inside of the post and into the netting in 104th minute.
OU has played four straight overtime games, all in Big 12 play, marking the second time in program history (2003). Three of the games have needed double overtime to reach a final decision, including Friday night’s heartbreaker at No. 6 Texas A&M.
Despite the hard-fought loss on Friday, OU followed it up with a victory, something it has done after each defeat in 2010. The Sooners bounced back on Sunday to record their first win in double-overtime this season and did it despite trailing the overall shot count 12-11. However, OU did hold an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal, including three from senior Whitney Palmer.
Palmer scored her eighth goal of the season (37th of career) on a header in the 10th minute and an assist from sophomore Caitlin Mooney.
OU has scored first in seven of the last nine games with a 5-2-1 record in that span. Palmer, who leads OU for the fourth consecutive season in scoring, has tallied five goals in the last eight games.
Kylie Doniak evened the game at one apiece in the 20th minute from 23-yards out. Doniak’s goal was OU goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire’s lone blemish on the night. Devonshire finished with four saves opposite her counterpart’s six stops.
“They kept applying pressure and came back to tie the game early on,” added Nelson. "They are an extremely good team with one of the best defenses in the conference.”
Texas entered Sunday’s game with a five-game unbeaten streak, including a 1-0 win over No. 5 Oklahoma State on Friday, marking the Cowgirls’ first defeat in Big 12 play this year.
The Sooners’ two goals ended an impressive defensive stretch by the Longhorns in the last five games in which they had four shutouts. Texas had allowed just four Big 12 goals all season before surrendering goals to Palmer and Hampton.
OU is 6-8-1 all-time against the Longhorns and avenged last season’s 2-1 loss to the Longhorns in Norman.
The Sooners conclude the regular season on Friday in Norman against No. 5 Oklahoma State. The Bedlam Series, presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the OU Soccer Complex.
Last Sunday, OU’s 2-1 overtime win over Colorado clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 2006. Now, Friday’s game with the Cowgirls presents OU with a chance to record its highest Big 12 finish in school history.