Sept. 21, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak on Friday with a 1-0 victory over North Texas in the Sooner Invitational. Freshman Whitney Palmer tallied her Big 12-leading fourth game winner of the season in the second half.
The loss was the first of the season for North Texas (6-1), who entered Friday's game outscoring its opponents 25-4. The Sooners upped their record to 4-2-1 as they handed the Mean Green their first shutout of the season.
Oklahoma returned home Friday night after going 1-1-2 over the last two weekends, its longest stretch of away games this season. OU is 3-0 at home in 2007 and is outscoring its opponents 13-1.
"Despite the results over the last two weekends, we still gained confidence during the road trip," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "But it's nice to be back home where we are always confident."
Palmer's fifth goal of the season came in the 59th minute off Shana All's team-leading third assist of the season.
"We made adjustments at halftime and completely changed the balance of the game in the second half," added Evans. "I was disappointed that we created that many opportunities and it was still a nail biter. We have to learn to finish those chances and put the game away."
OU controlled most of the game with 18 shots on the night to North Texas' 12. The Sooners also held the advantage in corner kicks, 6-2. All contributed to a majority of the shot total with a game-leading six shots on the night.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Tara Macdonald made her first career start on Friday and looked like a seasoned veteran. Macdonald, who is the seventh freshman to make a start for the Sooners this season, made six saves against the Mean Green and recorded her first career shutout in 90 minutes of work.
Friday's performance marked the third shutout of the season for Oklahoma (Alabama A&M, Virginia Commonwealth and North Texas). Macdonald was also part of the Aug. 31 blanking of Alabama A&M where she played the final 45 minutes.
"The defense was incredibly strong and didn't give up many scoring chances," said Evans. "Tara came up big for us tonight and was tested by their forwards."
The Sooners will look to remain perfect at home on Sunday as they finish the Sooner Invitational at 1 p.m. against Middle Tennessee (3-3-1). Earlier on Friday, Long Beach State defeated Middle Tennessee, 5-1, in the first game of the tournament.