Oct. 24, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team suffered its fifth one-goal defeat of the season on Friday as visiting Nebraska came away with a 1-0 victory at John Crain Field.
The loss drops the Sooners’ overall record to 2-14-1 and 1-6-1 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska moved to 9-7-1 and 5-3.
Despite the loss, OU is still alive for the Big 12 Championship, which takes the conference’s top eight teams in the standings. The Sooners have two games left on the regular season slate and are tied for ninth place with Baylor, who lost at Missouri on Friday. OU trails Texas Tech, who concluded the Big 12 season with a 3-7 conference mark after falling at Texas A&M on Friday, for the eighth and final spot.
The Sooners and Cornhuskers played 71 minutes of scoreless soccer until Carly Peetz snuck behind the OU defense to head in the game-winning goal off the cross from Anna Caniglia, who was credited with the assist along with Aysha Jamani.
“I was happy with our team’s performance until we gave up the goal,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We put together a solid 80 minutes, or so, of soccer tonight. Nebraska is an extremely good team and they execute on set pieces very well. Overall, we took steps forward tonight (again), but it’s a disappointing loss.”
The game was even at the half with seven shots from both squads and Nebraska holding a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. The Cornhuskers, as they have done all year, used a set piece to record the win and ended the game with a 10-4 advantage in corners and 20-16 lead in the shot count.
Sophomore Whitney Palmer led OU with four shots and forced Nebraska’s goalkeeper Brittany Pfeil to make five saves. Sooner goalkeeper Traci Dickenson also made five saves on the night in her fifth straight start in goal.
The Sooners continue the three-game home stand and return to action on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. against Iowa State at John Crain Field. The Cyclones (5-10-2, 0-6-2) suffered a 7-0 defeat at No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Friday.
The regular-season finale for Oklahoma will feature a match-up with Oklahoma State. The Ford Bedlam Series is slated for a 7 p.m. start in Norman on Friday, Oct. 31.