Sept. 3, 1999
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The OU womens soccer team lost 1-0 in overtime on Friday night in a non-conference contest against the 18th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala. It was an extremely physical match that saw three Alabama players get helped off the field in the first half. Alabamas Tiffany Carle won the game on a penalty kick in the first minute of overtime.
It was tough, said OU head coach Randy Evans. It was a very physical game. Our team gave tremendous effort and it was a great test for us. We are so much better than we were last weekend. The team showed great composure out there tonight.
The Sooners were outshot 13-6, but all of OUs shots were on goal. There were 39 total fouls in the game. The OU offense has yet to score through three games, but coach Evans is not worried.
We had some great opportunities to score out there tonight, said Evans. There were a couple of times that we really should have scored. I am not really concerned too much with our lack of scoring. It is the last thing that we are going to work on.
Forwards Heather Martinelli and Shannon Wing led OU on the offensive side of the field, registering two shots apiece. Junior goalkeeper Ayn Toppin recorded three saves in 90-plus minutes for the Sooners.
The defense did a great job tonight, said Evans. Mary Morse controlled the middle of the field for us. Heather Martinelli also did a great job creating opportunities up front.
The Sooners play next at Oral Roberts on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Tulsa. The Golden Eagles return seven starters from a team that went 11-7 last year.
Team Scoring Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 Alabama 0 0 1 1
UA -- Tiffany Carle penalty kick (90:28)
Shots: OU 6, UA 13
Saves: OU 3, UA 6
Corner Kicks: OU 0, UA 5
Fouls: OU 22, UA 17