Oct. 14, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday and recorded a 2-1 win against visiting Iowa State at John Crain Field.
Sophomore Annalisa Hall provided the game-winning goal in the second half and helped improve OU’s overall mark to 6-9-0 and 1-3 in Big 12 action. Iowa State dropped to 6-8-1 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
“It’s rewarding to see this team’s hard work pay off with tonight’s result,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We were in tough stretch in the last couple of games, but they kept working hard in practice and kept competing hard in all the games. I keep saying that we continue to get better each week, we just needed to improve that final product on offense and we did that tonight.”
In the second half, the teams exchanged goals as Sooners jumped out to a two-goal advantage on Annalisa Hall’s first goal of the season. At the 52:43 mark, Hall took a shot from a tough angle on the left side and the ball hit just underneath the ISU crossbar and bounced down behind the goal line.
Hall’s goal proved to be the game winner after ISU got on the board with Jennifer Dominguez’s goal in the 66th minute.
“A goal is a goal and we needed another one to help seal the game in the second half,” said Hall. “I think this team has a lot of potential and this win is a boost and will help us move forward. This is what we needed.”
Caitlin Mooney, who also assisted on the game winner by Hall, gave OU its first goal in Big 12 play in the 14th minute. Michelle Alexander was credited with the assist after she played a ball perfectly across the box and to Mooney, who found the back of the net for the fifth time this season.
ISU leads the all-time series with OU, 8-6-2, while the Sooners won last year’s meeting, 4-3, in Ames. The Sooners are 4-2-1 at home against the Cyclones with the last loss coming in 2004. Ten of the 15 meetings in the series have been decided by one goal or less (ISU holds a 5-3-2 advantage), including five overtime contests.
The Sooners’ final home game on Oct. 16 against Missouri (10-5, 1-3) marks the first nationally televised game from John Crain Field on ESPNU. The 1 p.m. game will also mark “Senior Day” for the Sooners’ six seniors. Missouri, which lost 3-1 on Friday night against Baylor, leads the all-time series with OU, 9-4-1, and won the 2010 contest, 2-1, in Columbia.