Oct. 7, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team had its chances in a near upset on Sunday at John Crain Field, but came up empty against No. 6 Texas A&M, falling 1-0 to the defending Big 12 champions.
The loss drops the Sooners' overall record to 5-5-2 (1-3 Big 12) and also ends their nine-game unbeaten streak at home (8-0-1), which was tied for the longest streak in school history.
"We are obviously proud of the effort and disappointed in the result," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "For what we had game planned, we knew we were going to have to absorb them and be effective in the counter attacking.
"We were so close to tying the game. We knew the opportunities were going to be limited but they were exciting. If this is the new standard for how we are going to play, it (today's game) could very well be our last loss."
One of the Sooners' most exciting opportunities and probably their best chance to score came early in the first half as freshman forward Whitney Palmer dribbled up the left side of the field. Just five minutes into the game, Palmer challenged Texas A&M goalie Kristin Arnold with a low, hard-hit shot to the opposite post that was deflected away from the goal.
Texas A&M scored the game's only goal on a free kick from 30 yards out. Nicole Ketchum headed the feed from Allison Martino into the back of the Sooners' net at the 33:07 mark in the first half.
OU freshman goalkeeper Tara Macdonald was tested throughout the game and recorded a career-high 10 saves.
"It was a disappointing goal, to give up a set piece like we did," added Evans. "It was a miscommunication and that is something that we can fix."
The Aggies' leading scorer, Ashlee Pistorius, who also leads the conference in goals scored, had an opportunity to put her team ahead in the first 12 minutes of the game, but her shot deflected hard off the left post. One game after tying the Big 12's career record for goals scored with 69 at Oklahoma State, the three-time All-American was shut out for the first time in six games.
Despite Texas A&M owning a 24-5 advantage in shots and a 4-1 lead in corner kicks, both teams featured an equal amount of quality scoring opportunities.
With 24 minutes remaining in the game, senior forward Tenesha Duncan had one of those chances but could not get a shot off from the top of the Texas A&M box.
The Sooners are 0-13 lifetime against the Aggies and Sunday's game was the fifth in the series decided by one goal.
Oklahoma will look to rebound next weekend when it travels north to take on No. 14 Missouri and Kansas. The Sooners and Tigers are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 in Columbia, Mo. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Sooners will play in their second-to-last road game of the regular season when they battle the Jayhawks at 1 p.m.
Following the road trip, OU returns home for its longest home stand of the season (four games), when it hosts Texas Tech (Oct. 19), Butler (Oct. 21), Colorado (Oct. 26) and No. 3 Texas (Oct. 28) before concluding the regular season at No. 22 Oklahoma State (Nov. 1).