Norman, Okla. -- Three Oklahoma soccer newcomers notched four goals on Sunday afternoon as the Sooners downed Texas State by a score of 4-0 at the OU Soccer Complex. Oklahoma's (2-2-0) four goals against the Bobcats (2-2-0) were the most in a single game for OU since 2011.
The Sooners posted one of their most complete efforts of the season, logging 19 shots and 12 shots on goal while limiting Texas State to just three shots on goal in eight total shots. Kassadie Stade earned the win in the goal for OU, logging her first career shutout and the second shutout for Oklahoma this season.
True freshman Jamie Iurato led the way for the Sooners offensively, notching two goals in under fifteen minutes to give her four career goals in four games at OU. Freshman Caren Nelson notched Oklahoma's first goal of the game, and junior college transfer Daisy Cardona posted her first career goal as a Sooner in the 71st minute of play.
The match remained scoreless through the 26th minute before Nelson struck for the Sooners, taking a pass from senior Zoe Dickson on the right side of the box to earn her first career goal at Oklahoma. The assist was Dickson's first this season and the third of her career.
OU carried a 1-0 lead into halftime but continued to keep the Bobcats on their toes, forcing Texas State goalkeeper Natalie Gardini to make eight total saves on the day. At the 71-minute mark, Madison Saliba sent in a cross from the left side to Cardona, who headed the ball in past Gardini to boost Oklahoma's lead to 2-0.
Iurato got a strong look for the Sooners several minutes later, but her powerful attempt was foiled by Gardini. Undeterred, Iurato struck back in the 75th minute, sending in an unassisted goal for her third goal of the season. Just 13 minutes later, Iurato sent in a goal on a cross from Devin Barrett to give OU a 4-0 lead that would stand as the final score.
Iurato's two-goal performance marks the second time this season a Sooner freshman has scored two goals in game (Madison Saliba vs. Kennesaw State, Aug. 25). Oklahoma's four team goals were the most in a game for the program since OU's 4-2 win over Arizona on Sept. 11, 2011.
The Sooners will be back in action next weekend as they take on the Florida Gators in Gainesviile, Fla. on Friday September 6 at 6:00 p.m.. OU will finish up their weekend in Florida on Sunday, Sept. 8 against the Florida State Seminoles at noon.