Oct. 16, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team recorded a 5-2 loss against Missouri on Sunday at John Crain Field. The contest was the final home game of the 2011 regular season for six OU seniors and the Sooners hosted their first national television broadcast with ESPNU in Norman.
Missouri held a 2-1 advantage at halftime, but opened the game up with three scores in the second half. Freshman Kelly Price scored her first goal of the season in the first half and Annalisa Hall tallied her second in as many games for the Sooners.
The game dropped OU’s overall record to 6-10 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 play, while Missouri improved to 11-6 on the season and 2-4 in conference action.
The Sooners entered the weekend on a five-game losing streak, which featured three shutouts and just two goals scored, but OU tallied four goals in the split this weekend as three games remain in the 2011 regular season.
While the offensive output received a boost over the weekend, Sunday’s game was reminiscent of several of the Sooners’ 10 losses this season. OU created plenty of opportunities on offense but it was Missouri that took advantage of their chances to come out on top. The Sooners led the overall shot count, 17-16, and both squads had nine shots on goal.
“They are a very athletic team, give credit to Missouri,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. We will look at it (the loss) and the young players will learn valuable lessons from it. We have to find a way to put it (together) back to back on Friday and Sunday.”
Price’s goal cut the Missouri lead down to one goal, 2-1, right before halftime, but the Tigers came right out of the locker room and regained the two-goal advantage in the first one minute and 30 seconds of the second half.
OU responded 12 minutes later with Hall’s goal, two days after she tallied her first goal of the season during Friday’s 2-1 win over Iowa State. Hall also had an opportunity late in the game for her third goal on the weekend but her penalty kick attempt sailed wide.
Despite the constant pressure from OU, Missouri kept up its counter attack and added a pair of late goals in the 71st minute and the 86th minute to record the Tigers’ fifth straight win in the series.
Seniors Michelle Alexander, Sage Coralli, Lisa Jett, Kelsey Kraft, Tori Rocke and Jordan White were honored in a postgame ceremony.
The Sooners hit the road for a pair of games in the state of Texas. On Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., OU plays at Texas A&M. The Sooners trail the all-time series with the Aggies, 15-2, but have won two of the last three meetings with a loss in double overtime in College Station in 2010.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, OU and Baylor meet for a 5 p.m. game in Waco. OU leads the all-time series, 7-4-3 and are unbeaten in the last four meetings, including a 3-2 win in Norman last year.