Aug. 21, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma soccer team dropped to 1-1 on the season after visiting Tennessee recorded a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
The Sooners tied things up at one goal apiece before the half after the Lady Vols took a 1-0 lead off a penalty kick. However, Tennessee tallied a pair of second half goals en route to its second straight win to begin the season.
"Early, we got away from what's been really successful (for us)," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "I talked to them at halftime about doing what we do well. We got away from those things today, so those are things we will look at this week."
The Lady Vols struck first with a goal on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute from Kylie Bono. The goal was set up after Sooner goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire's outlet pass was intercepted by Emily Dowd. Immediately after, Dowd got around a diving Devonshire and was tripped in the box while trying to find the back of the net.
"We have three new faces on that backline and to give up a PK (penalty kick) that early, really tests your team as far as how they are going to respond to adversity," said Nelson.
OU countered in the 31st minute and evened up the score after Dria Hampton found Sage Coralli for her first goal of the season. It marked the first helper of the season for Hampton and 10th of her career.
"I thought they responded well, actually, to the PK," said Nelson. "But the communication disappeared after we started turning the ball over."
Headed into halftime, OU and Tennessee were even but the Lady Vols regained the lead after 15 minutes passed by in the second half. Caroline Brown posted the first of her two goals in the 60th minute and came back six minutes later and tapped in a deflection off the cross bar to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage.
The Sooners trailed the shot count 12-11, despite a flury of shots late in the game. OU had its share of scoring opportunities, including a pair from Kelsey Kraft with just under 20 minutes remaining, but the offense was unable to cut into the lead.
Both Devonshire and her opposition, Julie Eckel, made two saves in the contest.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series features its non-conference edition on Friday. Aug. 26 at Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by the Cowboy Sports Network. OSU and OU last met in the title game of the 2010 Big 12 Championship in November. The Sooners and Cowgirls tied that game, 1-1, after 110 minutes of action, but OSU came out on top in penalty kicks, 5-4.
"They will refocus," said Nelson on her team bouncing back for the rivalry game. "We needed to face a little adversity going into that game. We'll use it and get better from it this week."