Aug. 20, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- A goal by LSU's Alex Arlitt with 2:36 left in double overtime ended the Oklahoma soccer team's bid at a second straight win to start the 2012 season on Monday.
The goal was set up after LSU's initial shot was blocked and deflected back to Arlitt, who placed the ball past senior goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire, who made four saves in a hard-fought contest.
The 1-0 loss in double overtime dropped OU to 1-1 on the season while LSU improved to 1-0 in its season opener.
LSU is 5-0-1 all-time against the Sooners and Monday marked the second overtime game in the series. OU tied LSU in Norman during the 1999 campaign.
The Sooners produced several chances on the offensive and led LSU in the shot count, 16-14. The star of Friday's game, senior Renae Cuellar, had four of the Sooners' 16 shots, including one that just rolled inches wide of the post with two minutes left in regulation.
Annalisa Hall also had four shots in the game with Cuellar and the Sooners also held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
"I think it was very encouraging," said OU Head Coach Matt Potter. "The way we possessed the ball, the way we controlled the tempo of the game. We created chances, multiple chances, and maybe on a different day, we are talking about a different storyline. But that is why LSU is where it’s at right now."
While the Sooners controlled the majority of the game, it appeared some of its best chances came early on. In the first half, OU posted a 6-3 advantage in shots and recorded four of the five corner kicks in the game. However, unlike Friday night against Nebraska, OU was unable to capitalize on the solid play and find the back of the net.
"We talked about that at halftime," added Potter. "We let them stick around and if you do that, good teams will punish you. Overall, I can't be disappointed with our performance tonight."
Oklahoma continues the four-game homestand against Nicholls State (Aug. 24) and Vanderbilt (Aug. 26). The Sooners and Colonels have never met on the soccer field and the Commodores hold a 1-0 advantage in the series after posting a 3-1 win in Nashville during the 2009 season.