Sept. 7, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team dropped its second consecutive game on Sunday and suffered a 1-0 loss to visiting Rice at John Crain Field.
Sunday’s outcome was eerily similar to Friday’s overtime loss at North Texas, as the Sooners surrendered the game-winning goal on the opposition’s corner kick late in the contest.
The scoreless game ended when Anne Candee found the back of the net off her corner kick at the 87:09 mark as the ball floated over and behind OU goalkeeper Lisa Jett on the far post. The unassisted goal propelled the Owls to claim victory in the first meeting in the series with the Sooners.
Oklahoma falls to 1-4 overall on the season and Rice improves to 3-1.
“Another disappointing loss,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “We put together 86 minutes of soccer and inexperience and lack of urgency on a corner cost us the game.”
The Sooners controlled the momentum throughout most of the contest and finished with a season-high 16 shots opposite the Owls’ 11.
After an even first half that saw five shots and two corner kicks from both squads, the Sooners came out firing in the second half with five shots in the first 12 minutes, while the defense held Rice to zero opportunities.
However, after overcoming a slow start in the first half, the Owls repeated the feat in the final 45 minute session, recording six shots and two corner kicks. Rice’s 4-3 advantage on corners proved to the be the difference in the game.
OU’s Sage Coralli posted a game-high four shots but Rice goalkeeper Meghan Erkel blanked the Sooners’ offense with four saves.
The Sooners will search to snap a two-game skid next weekend with a pair of road contests. OU will play at Memphis on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. and at Mississippi on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m.