STANFORD, Calif. --
No. 2 Stanford overpowered Oklahoma on Friday night, 4-0, to give the Sooners their first loss of the 2002 season in the second game of the Stanford Nike Invitational.
The Sooners (6-1) gave up two goals under a withering Stanford attack in the first period. The Cardinal (5-0) blasted 14 shots at the OU box with senior forward Marcia Wallis finally scoring on a rebound in the 36th minute to break the deadlock. Wallis added another score just before the half to put Stanford up 2-0 at the intermission.
Stanford would score again at 49:42 on an unassisted goal by Marcie Ward and at 79:42 on a goal from Natalie Sanderson to put the Sooners away, 4-0, in the second half. The Cardinal finished with a total of 25 shots with 14 on goal while OU had two shots with one on goal for the game. Freshmen Lauren MacIver (Tulsa, Okla.) and Becky Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.) provided the shots for the Sooners.
Sooner goalkeeper Catherine Wade (Midland, Texas) had 10 saves on the night while allowing the four goals. She played 82:39 with Jana Cunningham (Tulsa, Okla.) filling in for the final 7:21.
"The defense gave up some uncharacteristic goals in this game," said head coach Randy Evans. "Our front line had trouble getting behind their back line. That said, I believe we played well. Overall, I was thrilled with our performance."
Oklahoma plays defending national champion and No. 10 Santa Clara on Sunday at 11 a.m. local time (PT) in California (1 p.m. CT). The Sooners return home to John Crain Field to host Baylor in their Big 12 Conference opener on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
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