Sept. 26, 2008
BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team dropped its Big 12 opener and second straight game to a ranked opponent on Friday at No. 18 Colorado. The first place Buffaloes blanked the Sooners 5-0 at Prentup Field in front of 755 fans.
The loss drops OU to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play, while Colorado improves to 8-1-1 and 2-0 in conference action.
The Buffaloes have won the last four meetings in the all-time series and lead 8-4-1 overall.
“Colorado is a good team and is very patient in the attack and keep the ball as well as any team we have played,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “They are very efficient when they attack and that was evident by their first two shots of the game resulting in two goals.”
Colorado held a 2-0 lead at the half after receiving a pair of first half goals from Gianna DeSaverio in the 12th and 13th minute. The Buffaloes put the game out of reach after the break with three goals in the final 45 minutes of action.
“I thought we executed our game plan defensively, but some goalkeeping mistakes early in the game affected the momentum,” added Nelson. “We are also making poor decisions in our attack and not getting the numbers we need up top.”
OU was looking to rebound after losing 4-0 in its last contest to No. 11 LSU last Friday at home. The Sooners have lost their last six games since defeating Ball State on Aug. 31.
“I told the team that we started a new season tonight and we are 0-1,” said Nelson after the loss in the Big 12 opener. “We have made strides each week and there is a lot of the season left to be played. We will come back out on Sunday and be ready to play.”
Next up for the Sooners is a trip to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28.
The Red Raiders, 5-2-1 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play, are in action Friday at No. 12 Oklahoma State.