Oct. 3, 2010
Kraft's goal, assisted by freshman Annalisa Hall (her first career helper), gave OU a 1-0 lead at the 43:16 mark right before the half. For a majority of the second half, it appeared that the Sooners were on their way to winning their third straight Big 12 contest.
The Sooners' defense held the one-goal lead until the 85th minute when the Tigers' Alysha Bonnick scored her first of two goals in the contest. Less than two minutes later, Bonnick netted her seventh score of the season with three minutes left on the clock and Missouri escaped with the home victory.
"Congratulations to Missouri for having the fight they did to come back and win it late," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "It's obviously very disappointing to not only give up a lead in the last five minutes, but to give up the second goal to lose the game.
" The girls executed and fought very well for 85 minutes today but let a great opportunity slip away late. We will learn from this experience and refocus on our upcoming games."
Seven games remain for Oklahoma in the 2010 campaign. Sunday's loss drops OU to 6-5-1 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 action. Missouri jumps to 4-5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Sooners' offense, which scored seven goals in the last two games heading into Sunday, managed just one against the Tigers. Kraft has scored in three straight games since breaking through with a two-goal performance last Sunday at home in the 3-2 win over Baylor. She followed it up with one of the Sooners' four goals during Friday night's 4-3 win at Iowa State.
Kraft had two of the Sooners' 11 shots on Sunday. Sophomore Dria Hampton had a team-high four shots against Missouri, including three on goal.
The ability to win close games have been key for Oklahoma in 2010. The Sooners entered the contest with a 6-2 mark in games decided by one goal and nearly recorded its third straight such decision on Sunday.
Missouri also topped the Sooners by a one-goal margin in 2009, a 1-0 double overtime victory in Norman. Eight of the 14 meetings between the Sooners and Tigers have been decided by one goal or less, with the Tigers holding a 4-3-1 edge.
The Tigers lead OU 9-4-1 all-time and have won four straight in the series. OU last topped the Tigers during the 2006 campaign, a 3-2 win in Norman.
The Sooners play one more non-conference game next weekend when Francis Marion visits Norman on Friday, Oct. 8 for a 7 p.m. game. It marks the first meeting in the series with the Patriots.
On Sunday, Oct. 10, OU returns to Big 12 play at Kansas for a 1 p.m. contest. The Jayhawks won a 2-1 decision in Norman last season and lead the all-time series 9-4-1, including a 5-2 advantage in Lawrence, Kan.