STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma soccer kicked off the 2013 Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State on Friday night, falling by a score of 4-1 on the road in a non-conference matchup between the in-state rivals. The Sooners (1-2-0, 0-0 Big 12) struck first on a free kick but surrendered four goals on 13 shots from OSU (2-0-1, 0-0 Big 12) in front of 1,844 fans at Cowgirl Soccer Complex. Oklahoma notched 14 shots and six shots on goal on the evening.
"To lose any game is significant," OU head coach Matt Potter said. "We did the hard part to go ahead and enjoyed some good spells of possession. The players are deeply disappointed in the manner we gave up the goals and for not weathering the periods where Oklahoma State was the aggressor."
The Sooners took an early 1-0 lead when junior Abby Hodgen buried a free kick from the right side of the field at the 16-minute mark. The goal was Hodgen's first career goal at Oklahoma. Oklahoma State tried to tie things up on a penalty kick moments later, but freshman goalkeeper Miranda Larkin was there to make the save and preserve OU's lead.
Oklahoma State struck back minutes later, notching three goals in a span of six minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Courtney Dike played a key part in the stretch for the Cowgirls, netting a goal at the 23-minute mark off an assist from Madison Mercado and another unassisted goal at the 29-minute mark after tangling with Larkin.
OU nearly responded just minutes before the half on a corner kick brought in by Lisa Robinson. Pagie Jacobs fired a shot that was narrowly headed out of the way to keep the score at 3-1 heading into the half.
The Sooners started the second half with three consecutive free kicks off Oklahoma State fouls, but were unable to capitalize. A foul in the box gave OSU a penalty kick that Mercado fired past OU goalkeeper Kassadie Stade to extend the Cowgirls' lead to 4-1, which would stand as the final score in the match.
"The second half of the game was pleasing overall," Potter said. "We are disappointed not to have capitalized on some chances and good moments in front of the goal."
OU will close the weekend at home on Sunday with a noon CT contest against Texas State at the OU Soccer Complex in Norman. Sunday's match will mark Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, while fans presenting a valid ticket stub from the OU/ULM football game on Saturday will receive $4 admission.