Tallahassee, Fla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team held the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles to a scoreless match for over 75 minutes of play but saw their upset bid fall short in a 1-0 loss on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners (2-4-0, 0-0-0 Big 12) were outshot by FSU (5-0-1) by a margin of 16-4 but used outstanding defensive play near the goal to keep the game well within reach at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
"I'm proud of our team's work, commitment and the way they not only handled all that Florida State had to give but also found moments to play and create," Head coach Matt Potter said.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kassadie Stade had one of her finest performances of the season for the Sooners, notching a career-high seven saves in 90 minutes of play against one of the nation's top teams. All four of OU's shots came from different Sooners, with Caren Nelson, Shiloh Price, Courtney Forte and Devin Barrett getting looks.
FSU outshot the Sooners by a margin of 9-2 in the first half, but the Sooner defense held to keep the score at 0-0 through 45 minutes of play. OU blocked two shots near the 18-minute mark, while Stade made a trio of saves in the goal to keep the Seminoles scoreless. Nelson took OU's first shot of the game with a shot on goal near the five-minute mark. Barrett added a shot that sailed wide of the goal in the 43rd minute.
Oklahoma's defense held tough as the second half got underway, limiting Florida State's opportunities while setting up several chances for the Sooners. Forte took a shot in the 52nd minute that went wide of the goal but would help set up a corner kick. Several minutes later, Price sent a header toward the FSU goal that also sailed wide.
Stade continued to make plays at the goal for the Sooners, but the Seminoles struck in the 75th minute on a 16-yard blast from Dagny Brynjarsdottir to take a 1-0 lead. Oklahoma's play in the goal didn't lapse, with Stade posting two more saves and the OU defense blocking a shot to keep the Sooners in the game. OU brought in three corner kicks in the last 15 minutes of play but was unable to convert the opportunities to a goal, setting the final score at 1-0.
"Florida State's goal was a wonderful individual effort," Potter said. "I felt it would take something special to break us down and it did. We have found out more about our team and are getting closer to a product that will win in these environments in the future."
Oklahoma will return to Norman next weekend for a two-match homestand at the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners will face in-state opponent Oral Roberts on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. CT before welcoming North Texas on Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon CT. Both matches will be broadcast live through Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX.