NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team fell in a 4-1 decision at the hands of Iowa State on an overcast Sunday afternoon at the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners (3-10-1, 0-4-0 Big 12) struggled to contain an sharp-shooting Cyclone (7-7-2, 1-3-1 Big 12) offense that exploded for 20 shots (10 on goal) overall, including a hat trick from Emily Goldstein.
"Results aside, we have made steady progress as a team," head coach Matt Potter said. "Today we did not meet the standards and expectations we set for ourselves in any aspect. As head coach, that falls on me and I will ask myself the appropriate questions."
The Cyclones came out fast to open the match, posting an 11-3 shot differential in the first half. The Sooner defense did their part to limit the damage and keep OU in the match, surrendering only one goal in the 24th minute. ISU's Koree Willer put the Cyclones on the board in a frenetic moment that saw three shots in under 15 seconds of play. After OU goalkeeper Kassadie State saved the initial shot by ISU's Jennifer Dominguez, Dominguez sent in another shot that ricocheted off the goal bar. Willer controlled the shot and sent it past Stade in the confusion to give ISU a 1-0 lead.
The physical play of the match continued after halftime and Goldstein took advantage in the 56th minute, driving into the box to post her first goal of the match and extend ISU's lead to 2-0.
The Sooners struck back under ten minutes later on a set piece. Abby Hodgen fired in a corner kick that was nabbed by ISU goalkeeper Maddie Jobe, but the referee ruled that the ball crossed the line and OU was awarded the goal. With Iowa State's lead trimmed to 2-1, Oklahoma began pushing the Cyclone defense as it searched for the equalizer in the second half.
It would be Goldstein who would put the match out of reach in favor of the Cyclones, scoring back-to-back goals in the 71st and 79th minutes of play on breakaway runs downfield to push ISU's lead to 4-1, where the final score of the match would remain.
"Credit Iowa State with the game plan and for the win," Potter said. "They competed and took advantage of their opportunities."
Oklahoma hits the road to continue Big 12 play next weekend in the state of Texas. The Sooners will open the weekend on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. CT against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. OU will then head to Austin to face Texas on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. CT.