Sept. 8, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Arkansas threw the dice against the Oklahoma soccer team on Sunday
afternoon but it was the Sooners who cashed in with another shutout win, 3-0.
The victory moved OU to 4-0 on the season and broke the record for the best start in school history. Last season, the Sooners opened up 3-0 but lost in their fourth game to SMU. OU hosts the Mustangs in the home opener on Friday evening at John Crain Field.
Arkansas' game plan against OU was to push forward and play the game on Oklahoma's side of the field. But the move opened up big opportunities for the Sooners' front line. The Lady Razorbacks had no answer to the speed of preseason All-Big 12 forward Logan Womack or the creative distribution of senior forward Krissy Dawson.
"We're thrilled with the win," said head coach Randy Evans. "Arkansas is a good team. They pushed people forward and we had to play a little more direct. We were able to create some scoring opportunities."
Womack, coming off a two-goal game against Drury on Friday night, scored against Arkansas at 21:09 on a rebound off a save by UA goalkeeper Megan Bals to give the Sooners the early 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Krissy Dawson scored on a 20-yard looping shot over the goalkeeper on an assist from junior Jessica Talton. Dawson would score once more, on a penalty kick at 87:37, to ice the game, 3-0. The senior from Peoria, Ariz., finished with a team-high seven shots with three on goal.
"Krissy had a great day," said Evans. "Arkansas took a lot of chances and Krissy exploited them with her sharpness on the ball."
Oklahoma doubled Arkansas on shots, 12 to six, and Sooner goalkeeper Catherine Wade registered her third shutout of the season with two saves.
"Defensively we were strong with the play of Brittany Davis and Erin Young," said Evans. "They were just dominant and Arkansas didn't really have many opportunities to score."
Oklahoma opens at home against SMU at John Crain Field this Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Contact the OU ticket office at (800) 456-GoOU for season ticket information to Sooner soccer.