Oct. 12, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team snapped a 10-game losing streak on Sunday with a 1-1 tie to visiting Kansas after 110 minutes of action at John Crain Field.
The Sooners (1-12-1 overall, 0-4-1 Big 12) and Jayhawks (8-5-1, 2-3-1) were tied at one apiece after 90 minutes of regulation play and were unable to find the back of the net in both overtime periods.
Sophomore forward Whitney Palmer scored her team-leading sixth goal of the year at the 64:04 mark to tie the game midway through the second half. Palmer’s 12th career goal, which places her in sole possession of 10th place all-time at OU, equalized the Jayhawks’ goal tallied in the first minute and a half of the game by Jessica Bush.
“We’ll take a point over a loss any day. I think we had a great opportunity today to get a win, but it didn’t happen,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “This team is more consistent with the effort they give and taking steps in the right direction. We are still in this race and that’s what I told them (after the game).”
After Kansas took an early 1-0 lead, Oklahoma controlled the momentum throughout the game, creating several goal-scoring opportunities despite trailing 18-14 in shots and 7-5 in corner kicks at game’s end.
OU put together a solid first half of action that included seven shots and three corner kicks, including three well-executed plays on the offensive end.
Freshman Jordan White had the first chance on a breakaway but KU goalkeeper Stephanie Baugh made the save to preserve the lead. In the final 20 minutes of the first half, the Sooners had sophomore Sage Coralli almost convert on a free kick and Lauren Alkek’s shot on the far post was stopped by Baugh, who recorded four of her five saves in the game during the first 45 minutes of action.
The Sooners carried the momentum into the second half to send the game into overtime with Palmer’s score, where they recorded four shots to the Jayhawks’ two in extra time.
For the second straight game, senior Traci Dickenson (0-1-1) minded the Oklahoma net and recorded five saves in the game. The one blemish came at the 1:29 mark in the first half when Kansas took the 1-0 lead on a ball that floated in over Dickenson’s head on a windy afternoon in Norman.
Oklahoma will look to build off the momentum, created by its first point recorded in Big 12 play this season, as it hits the road next weekend for the final time during the regular season.
The Sooners will play at No. 10 Texas (9-2-2, 2-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and then head to Waco, Texas to battle Baylor (5-7-2, 1-3-1) on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.