|Shots on Goal||5||3|
|UTAH: Kaycee Buckley||Katie Taylor||9:07|
|OU: Lizzie Luallin (18)||Jordyn Webster (15)||26:01|
|OU: Kaitlyn Fahrner||110:00||1||4|
|UTAH: Lindsey Luke||110:00||2||2|
|Player of the Game|
|Lizzie Luallin // Fr. // MF
True freshman Lizzie Luallin broke through the Utah defense in the 26th minute to send a ten-yard strike into the net and tie the match at 1-1. Luallin made her first start on Sunday afternoon and finished the weekend with a goal and an assist.
NORMAN, Okla. -- The first weekend is done, and the Oklahoma soccer team is undefeated.
The Sooners posted a 1-1 draw with Utah on Sunday afternoon in Norman, battling through 90 minutes of play and two overtimes in the Oklahoma heat. Oklahoma (1-0-1) posted 10 shots to Utah's (1-0-1) 12 while adding four saves and three corner kicks.
"Today we got back to even against a very good Utah team and I thought we went on to be the aggressor," head coach Matt Potter said. "There weren’t a lot of great creative chances between the two teams because we cancelled each other out a little bit, but these lessons will be great for us moving forward."
Utah struck first and quickly with the match's first goal in only the 9th minute of play. Junior Kaycee Buckley put a ten yard shot off OU goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner's hands to give the Utes an early 1-0 lead in the contest.
The first half became a defensive battle for the Sooners, who withstood three corners and three shots over the next 16 minutes of play. OU utilized several substitutions to battle the afternoon heat, and freshman Jordyn Webster's fresh legs would pay off for Oklahoma in the 26th minute. Webster fed an assist in to classmate Lizzie Luallin, who struck from ten yards out for her first career goal.
OU would continue to battle off several more advances from the Utes in the first half but emerged unscathed. The Sooners took a 1-1 tie with Utah into halftime, despite trailing shots 8-2.
Oklahoma gained strength and went on the aggressive in the second half, posting seven shots while holding Utah to only two attempts on goal. The Sooners had several strong looks at the goal in the second half, including a six-minute span beginning in the 74th minute that saw OU fire four shots (two on goal).
One of OU's best chances came in the 77th minute when sophomore Shiloh Price sent a pass from beside the goal to Devin Barrett. Barrett fired a shot to the right side of the goal, forcing Utah's Lindsey Luke to make a diving save.
The Sooners broke past Utah defenders more than once in both overtime periods, but were unable to convert their chances into solid shots. Fahrner made two saves, one in each OT period, to keep the Utes off the board and preserve the final 1-1 tie.
"For an opening weekend, and being as young as we are, I thought we showed great maturity and great character," Potter said. "We finished the games physically stronger, and that’s a big improvement for us. That’s encouraging."
Next weekend will be one to watch for the Sooners. The team will welcome a pair of top-10 foes to Norman in No. 8 Florida and No. 2 Florida State. OU is set to open the weekend on Friday evening against the Gators at 7 p.m. before facing the Seminoles on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be carried live on Sooner Sports TV.