Sooner Soccer Stuns No. 6 Gators

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 29, 2014
No. 6 Florida
Stat Comparison
Category UF OU
Shots 11 4
Shots on Goal 5 3
Corners 2 1
Fouls 12 11
Scoring Summary
Player Assist Time
OU: Rachel Ressler Chelsea Jackson, Caren Nelson 5:44
OU: Abby Hodgen u/a (PK) 62:51
UF: Savannah Jordan Meggie Dougherty Howard 71:24
Player Mins GA S
OU: Kaitlyn Fahrner 90:00 1 4
UF: Taylor Burke 90:00 2 1
Player of the Game
Rachel Ressler // So. // D
Sophomore Rachel Ressler delivered a beautiful backheel strike in the sixth minute of play to give OU an early 1-0 lead.  Along with firing her second goal of the season, Ressler was also an anchor in an airtight OU defensive front that limited Florida's offensive looks all night.

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahom women’s soccer team continued its stellar start to the 2014 season by shocking No. 6 Florida, 2-1 in Norman. The victory marks OU’s first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 3 Oklahoma State on September 7, 2012 by a final tally of 1-0. 

Backed by a resolute defensive performance and a sublime early goal from sophomore Rachel Ressler, plus a well-taken second half penalty kick from senior Abby Hodgen, the Sooners managed to pull off one of the biggest wins during Potter’s tenure.

“I think you could say it’s the biggest win based on Florida being highly ranked,” said Hodgen. “It’s a huge win for us, especially following the first weekend when people thought it was just a fluke and we got lucky. I think it shows how much work we have put in.”

OU could not have scripted a better start to the match. Rachel Ressler tucked a beautiful backheel shot into the bottom left corner of the goal in the sixth minute to give the Sooners an early 1-0 lead. The goal was created by a ball crossed in by Caren Nelson, which was touched along by Chelsea Jackson to set up the great finish by Ressler.

After gaining the early advantage, the Sooners dug in and played great defense, keeping the Gators’ attack at bay and scoreless for the rest of the opening frame.

Florida came out of the halftime break determined to find the equalizer; the Gators poured numbers forward to try to level the game at one goal apiece.

The Sooners were relentless, soaking up UF’s pressure and picking their spots on the counter attack as they aimed to double their lead.

In the 63rd minute, OU did just that and scored what turned out to be the game winner. Oklahoma freshman Lizzy Luallin dribbled down the right side of the attacking third, beating her defender and cutting into the box. After beating the first Gator, a Florida defender helplessly lunged in and took Luallin down, drawing a penalty kick from the referee. 

Hodgen walked up to the spot, firing a shot past UF's Taylor Burkeand into the left-side netting to give the Sooners’ their game winner.

After the second score Florida amped up the attack with even more pressure on the OU backline, firing a number of shots at Oklahoma keeper Kaitlyn Fahrner. Fahrner stood firm with a final margin of four saves on the night.

After many attempts, the Gators managed to pull within one in the 72nd minute as Savannah Jordan fired a shot off the left post from close range that found the back of the net.

Oklahoma was unfazed by the goal and locked the Gators down for the remaining 18 minutes. OU sealed the 2-1 victory to remain unbeaten and improve its record to 2-0-1 on the season overall. 

The Sooners conclude the weekend on Sunday, hosting another top-10 squad from the Sunshine State in No. 2 Florida State. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. CT start, with a live broadcast available on Sooner Sports TV (FCS Central). 




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