Norman, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team recorded their third shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on Friday night. The Sooners (3-4-0) fired a season-high 20 shots while limiting ORU (3-2-0) to only two shots in front of 1,374 fans at the OU Soccer Complex. A total of 10 Sooners posted shots in the contest, including three team members with three or more shots: Abby Hodgen (4), Caren Nelson (3) and Shiloh Price (3).
"Everyone on this team is beginning to really believe in each other and invest in each other," head coach Matt Potter said. "That allows us to make changes and keep the tempo where we want it. From that comes good opportunities."
The Sooners kept Oral Roberts goalkeeper Maddie Rhodes busy all night, opening with seven shots in the first half. Despite getting created several solid scoring opportunities, OU was unable to convert their looks into a goal. Oklahoma and ORU went to half deadlocked in a 0-0 tie.
"After the adjustments we made at halftime, I'm really proud of how the kids responded," Potter said. "At the end of the day, we walked away with a 1-0 win and that's very pleasing.
OU emerged from the half energized and went back on the offensive, firing 12 shots to keep ORU on their heels. In the 75th minute, the Sooners broke through the Golden Eagles' defenses to earn their lone goal of the evening. The game-winning goal came from junior Daisy Cardona, who tapped the ball in off a deflection following a shot on goal from teammate Jamie Iurato. Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead on the evening that they would not relinquish.
A key part of OU's efforts came from a stingy defense that allowed Oral Roberts only two shots on the evening and none on goal. Oklahoma goalkeeper Kassadie Stade earned her second shutout of the season and moves to 2-2-0 on the year with the victory.
Oklahoma's 20 shots were the most the team has taken in a game since a 3-1 win over TCU in October 2012. The Sooners move to 2-0 at home this season; in addition, all three of OU's wins this season have been shutout victories. Oklahoma has outscored its opponents by a margin of 5-0 in two matches at John Crain Field in 2013.
OU will be back in action Sunday as they welcome the North Texas Mean Green to John Crain Field. The match is slated for a noon CT start and will be broadcast live by Sooner Sports TV.