Sept. 14, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The OU soccer team suffered its first lost of the season on Friday in a 2-1 double overtime decision at Long Beach State. Kim Filos scored the game winner in the 105th minute off a rebound to beat OU senior goalkeeper Jenny Nichols.
The loss drops Oklahoma to 3-1-1 while LBSU snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-3. Friday was the first meeting in the series between the Sooners and 49ers.
LBSU scored the first goal of the game at the 5:15 mark on Filos first score of the night. Filos finished the cross that started off a blown assignment on OU's end that allowed LBSU to get behind the defense. After controlling most of the first half and holding a 1-0 lead, the 49ers lost momentum after halftime.
The Sooners settled down and eventually tied the game in the 86th minute on senior Tenesha Duncan's third goal of the season. Duncan found the back of the net on senior Shana All's assist, her second of the season. The score started on the Sooners' only corner kick of the night. All settled the ball on the back post and fed it back into the middle where Duncan finished the opportunity.
"Tonight felt a lot like the William and Mary game last weekend," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "We fell behind early but gained momentum by the half and it seemed like we were going to put the game away. But this time, that (scoring the go-ahead goal) never happened."
LBSU controlled the shot count on Friday, owning a 20-10 overall advantage and a 10-4 edge in shots fired on goal. The 49ers finished the game with five corner kicks and made Nichols tie a season high with eight saves.
Senior Allyson Kucera and freshman Kelsey Allison led OU with two shots apiece on Friday.
The Sooners were without freshman forward Lauren Alkek (knee) for the third consecutive game, who started the first two contests of the season. OU's leading scorer, freshman Whitney Palmer, was also limited on Friday after suffering a hamstring injury against VCU last Sunday.
"I thought we showed great composure to turn the game around in our favor," added Evans. "We had a lot of runs at their back line that never resulted in a shot. That is something we have to get better at. We had a shaky first half but played phenomenal after that."
The Sooners return to action on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Cal State Fullerton (2-2-1). The game is the first series meeting between the Sooners and Titans and it's slated to begin at noon (PT) at Titan Stadium.
FullertonTitans.com will provide a free audio link and a web cast is also available (subscription). The Titans are coming off an overtime win over California in their home opener on Friday.