Oct. 9, 2009
AMES, Iowa -- Freshman Dria Hampton's third goal of the season helped the Sooner soccer team snap a two-game skid and record its first road win of 2009 following a 1-0 victory at Iowa State on Friday.
OU posted its first win in Ames in eight all-time meetings as temperatures dipped below 50 degrees at game time. The decision also handed the Cyclones their first loss at home in 2009.
With the win, Oklahoma moves above .500 at 7-6-1 overall and, more importantly, allowed the Sooners to jump three spots in the Big 12 standings with a 2-3 mark.
Iowa State (6-4-4, 1-3) leads the all-time series at 8-4-2 but the Sooners have won three of the last four meetings.
"I was really proud of the fight that our team displayed tonight," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "Our freshmen continue to step up. Dria came up with a clutch goal and Kelsey (Devonshire) was solid as well."
Hampton scored the goal, her first game winner and first goal in last 11 games, in the 65th minute off of freshman Brianna Turang's second assist of the year. Hampton received Turang's long pass at the top of the ISU box and dribbled past two defenders before drilling the ball into the upper left portion of the goal.
The Sooners had fallen behind early in each of the last two games but improved to 6-1-1 when scoring first this season.
The road has not been kind to Oklahoma but Friday's game provided a huge boost as OU has five regular season games remaining, including two on the road.
The second win in conference play places OU in sixth place and doubles the mark from a year ago after OU entered the 2008 season finale with a chance to qualify for the Big 12 Championship. The top eight teams qualify for the single elimination tournament held in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 4-8.
While Hampton provided the heroics Friday night, the strong play of the defense was perhaps the key to the win over Iowa State.
In five previous road contests, OU had allowed 17 goals but freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire helped turn that trend around with eight saves in the game. Devonshire's fifth shutout of the season culminated on her eighth save of the game with five seconds remaining. The shutout, the Sooners' second in the last 11 games, puts Devonshire in a tie for first in the Big 12 Conference and equals the fifth best total in a single season at OU.
"Winning on the road is never easy, especially in the Big 12 Conference," added Nelson. "Iowa State is a good team and this win is a huge confidence booster for this team. We knew if we kept fighting that we would eventually get that first road win. Now we have to build off of it and carry the momentum into Sunday's game."
The Sooners conclude the four-game road trip on Sunday at Nebraska at 1 p.m. The Cornhuskers (7-2-4, 1-1-2) played 110 minutes of soccer on Friday at home in a 1-1 tie against Baylor.