Sept. 26, 2010
More importantly on Sunday, the Sooners improved to 1-1 in Big 12 play while Baylor fell to 0-2 (7-3-1 overall).
"You have to be able to rebound and come back on Sunday, ready to play," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "I think they have been very resilient."
Junior Kelsey Kraft provided a majority of that offense with her first career two-goal performance.
"Kelsey Kraft was huge for us, going ahead and getting the ball rolling on that and kind of opening the flood gates," added Nelson.
The Sooners came out firing in the first half as Whitney Palmer headed a shot off the crossbar in the 12th minute and Dria Hampton's free kick in the 16th minute went off the post.
OU finally broke through at the 37:24 mark as Kraft, who subbed in less than two minutes earlier, received a perfectly played ball from freshman Emily Reid and headed the ball past Baylor goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst. It was the first goal of the season for Kraft (fifth of career) and first career assist for Reid.
Kraft struck again three minutes and two seconds later as she gathered a loose ball in the Baylor box and found the back of the net. The junior last scored in the 2009 Big 12 opening weekend against Texas A&M. She had the game winner that day but missed the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the following week of practice.
After the first 45 minutes of action, OU led 2-0 at the half and held a 9-1 shot advantage and 4-1 edge in corner kicks over a Baylor team that entered Sunday with eight shutouts in 10 games.
"I think we started very well," said Nelson. "We hit the crossbar twice and the post twice. We created enough opportunities for it to be four or five-nil at the half."
In the second half, sophomores Katharine Nutman and Dria Hampton helped OU convert its first corner kick of the season into a goal. Nutman, who scored her first goal of 2010, received the corner from Hampton (third assist) at the 53:34 mark and headed the ball into the Bears' net for a 3-0 lead.
With just over 20 minutes remaining, it looked like OU would hold on for its fourth shutout of the season, but some defensive breakdowns led to a pair of late goals from the Bears.
"I would like to see us finish the game differently," added Nelson. "We lost our focus in the second half when we went up 3-0."
Despite the late surge, OU held on for the win and is unbeaten in the last four series meetings with the Bears. The Sooners lead the all-time series 7-4-3, including a 5-1-3 advantage at home.
The Sooners finished the night with a 17-8 lead in shots (7-5 on goal) and a 7-5 lead in corner kicks.
OU will look to move its record above .500 in Big 12 play next weekend with a pair of road games at Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 1 and at Missouri on Sunday, Oct. 3.