Nov. 1, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team (6-10-3, 2-7-1) dropped a 2-0 decision in the 2007 season finale at No. 25 Oklahoma State (12-5-2, 5-4-1) in front of 1,612 fans at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
Oklahoma State has won the last three meetings against Oklahoma and holds a 10-2-1 advantage in the Bedlam Series, presented by Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Eleven of the 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal or less.
"This was a disappointing loss, especially since we couldn't represent the University better in the Bedlam Series, but I was proud of the performance and effort we put forth tonight," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "We showed glimpes of brilliance tonight on the offensive side and that we had our chances to win the game.
"Oklahoma State is a great team. They did a great job of finishing the opportunities they had. In the first half, it looked like the game could go either way and that the team that got the first break was going to win. You have to give them credit because they made the plays."
After a scoreless first half that featured equal scoring chances on both sides, the Cowgirls took control of the scoreboard early in the second half.
OSU struck first with Siera Strawser's fourth goal of the season in the 48th minute. Less than three minutes later, All-American Yolando Odenyo gave OSU a 2-0 lead with her fifth score of 2007.
Despite the shutout, OU had its chances, particularly in the second half where it fired nine shots and had three corner kicks.
One of those scoring opportunities came off the foot of senior Lauren Harris. Her second free kick of the half nearly missed the back of the net as it deflected under the cross bar and appeared to cross the goal line with 35:10 left in the game. Senior Allyson Kucera also nearly cut the lead in half, but her header off a corner kick was deflected wide by OSU goalkeeper Erin Stigler.
The 12 OU shots were the most in the last eight games since it fired 12 against Baylor on Oct. 4. The total was also a season high for the Sooners on the road in 2007.
The Cowgirls outshot the Sooners, 24-12, but trailed 6-5 in shots on goal and 4-2 in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Jenny Nichols made three saves opposite her counterpart, Stigler, who had six.
The Sooners were eliminated from the Big 12 Championship last week with the loss to then-No. 8 Texas and conclude the 2007 season in ninth place in the Big 12. OU will return all but four starters and seven letterwinners for the 2008 season.