Sept. 28, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team posted the biggest win in the Nicole Nelson era on Sunday. Click the links to the right to view video highlights and post game interviews from the win over Texas A&M.
On Sept. 27, 2009, history was stacked against Oklahoma as it hosted No. 13 Texas A&M, a team that was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country and recently topped then-No. 2 Portland two weeks ago by a 3-1 count. But OU defied all odds in recording a 3-2 victory over the Aggies and in the process, opened some eyes around the Big 12 Conference.
Previously, the Sooners were 0-14 against Texas A&M, which is a perennial top 25 team and main contender in the Big 12. OU had been close in the past, but Sunday's 2-0 lead after eight minutes showed the Sooners weren't walking away without a victory.
The 3-2 win was the seventh game in the series between the Sooners and Aggies decided by one goal, but the first with OU on top.
In addition, OU snapped an 11-game skid against ranked opponents with its last win over a top 25 foe coming nearly four years ago to the date (Sept. 25, 2005 vs. No. 21 Texas).
Whitney Palmer scored her ninth and 10th goals of the season in the victory and Kelsey Kraft added the game winner. Palmer ranks second in the Big 12 in goals scored and her total ranks second all-time in a single season at OU.
Following the game, Coach Nelson called Palmer one of the top forwards in the Big 12 and a program changer.
The win over Texas A&M may have the same effect on Sooner Soccer, in its second year under Nelson, as Palmer has had in her three years in an OU uniform. Topping Texas A&M is a signature win not only for the 2009 season, as OU has doubled its win total from a year ago at 6-4-1, but it also has the players and coaches believing it’s a sign of things to come for the OU soccer program.
“It takes us to the moon,” freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire said following the game. “The sky is the limit. We just accomplished the impossible. Or what everyone that was the impossible … We proved everybody wrong.”