Oct. 26, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- Junior Ashley Farrand scored her first goal of the season in dramatic fashion as the game winner in the 80th minute pushed Oklahoma past visiting Iowa State, 2-1, on Sunday at John Crain Field.
The goal was also the first of Farrand’s career and was set up by freshman Jordan White’s first career assist. The shot was fired from 30-plus yards out and sailed into the back of the ISU net past Ashley Costanzo in goal.
“We felt lucky to come away with the win today,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “It certainly was not our best game, but a win is a win and we needed this one. And you have to give Iowa State credit for playing hard and tying things up late in the game.”
The win keeps Oklahoma’s postseason hopes alive with a 3-14-1 overall record and 2-6-1 mark in the Big 12. The Sooners are 2-2-1 in the last five games and a win in the season finale against No. 9 Oklahoma State would lock up the tournament’s No. 8 seed.
OU is currently in ninth place ahead of Baylor (5-11-2, 1-7-1) and Iowa State (5-11-2, 0-7-2), but trails Texas Tech (8-9-1, 3-7) by two points for the eighth and final spot. After this past weekend’s action, the Sooners control their own destiny in the final game of the season.
The Sooners held a 1-0 lead over the Cyclones at halftime after sophomore Whitney Palmer converted a penalty kick in the eighth minute. The penalty was called after an ISU defender took down sophomore Sage Coralli in the box.
Palmer’s goal was her team-leading eighth of the season and the 14th of her career. The single-season total is tied for the third most by a Sooner and her 14 career goals is tied for sixth best all-time at OU.
Outside of Palmer’s score, the first half was evenly played as both teams recorded six shots and one corner kick apiece.
However, the Cyclones came out firing in the 45 minutes of play, posting 14 shots and seven corner kicks to the Sooners’ six shots and zero corners.
Iowa State tied the game at one goal apiece in the 69th minute on Elise Reid’s fourth goal of the season.
The offensive attack put together by Iowa State forced senior Traci Dickenson to make five saves in the second half with several in exciting fashion. Dickenson (2-2-1), who has started the last five games for OU in goal, deflected two Iowa State shots off the crossbar in the second half and made another save, with 14 minutes remaining to her right, that would have given the opposition a 2-1 lead. Dickenson finished the game with a season-high seven saves.
Next up for OU is the The Ford Bedlam Series against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (15-1-2, 6-1-2) on Friday, Oct. 31. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start in Norman and the rivalry will decide a berth in the conference tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years.
“Well, Bedlam is Bedlam,” said Nelson. “OSU’s team is very good this year. In this conference, anything can happen, especially in a rivalry game. We are happy to have them at home and look forward to the match-up.”