Oct. 23, 2011
WACO, Texas -- Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on Sunday, the Sooner soccer team dropped a hard-fought 3-1 decision at Baylor. OU was previously 6-0 on the season when scoring first.
The loss dropped OU’s overall record to 6-12 overall and 1-6 in Big 12 play, while Baylor improved to 14-3-2 on the season and 5-2-1 in conference action.
Sophomore Amy Petrikin gave OU a 1-0 lead at the 20:40 mark as she dribbled past two BU defenders and blasted a shot to the far post past goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst from 10 yards out. The unassisted goal marked Petrikin's fifth score of the season, tying her for the team lead with Caitlin Mooney.
However, Baylor quickly countered one minute and 13 seconds later thanks to a penalty kick converted by Lisa Swilinski, her sixth score of the season.
Tied 1-1 at the half, the Bears took a 2-1 lead after intermission on Dana Larsen's header off a Baylor corner kick in the 58th minute. The game-winning goal was followed by an insurance score in the 82nd minute with Swilinski finding the back of the net for the second time in the game.
Baylor finished the last 10 games of the regular season at 8-1-1 and Sunday's win helped narrow OU's lead in the all-time series to 7-5-3. The Sooners were unbeaten in the previous four meetings with the Bears, including a 3-2 win in Norman last year.
With one game remaining in the regular season at Kansas on Friday, OU is tied for eighth place with Iowa State in the Big 12 standings. The Sooners beat the Cyclones 2-1 on Oct. 14 and if the season ended today, OU would finish ahead of Iowa State by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Cyclones lost 6-1 to Kansas on Sunday and host Missouri in their regular season finale. A Sooner win on Friday at Kansas would clinch OU's second straight appearance in the Big 12 Championship.
The top eight teams in the standings advance to the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 2-6.