|Shots on Goal||7||4|
|FSU: Dagny Brynjarsdottir||Megan Campbell||22:30|
|OU: Kaitlyn Fahrner||81:12||1||5|
|OU: Kaitlyn Keith||8:48||0||1|
|FSU: Cassie Miller||90:00||0||4|
|Player of the Game|
|Laura Rayfield // Jr. // D
A junior transfer from Oregon State, Rayfield has played every minute this season and added another 90 against Florida State. Rayfield took both of OU's corners and several free kicks, setting up multiple opportunities for her teammates while helping to hold FSU's aggressive offense to just one goal on the day.
NORMAN, Okla. -- A gritty defensive effort was not enough to keep the Oklahoma soccer team unbeaten Sunday afternoon as the Sooners dropped a 1-0 decision to the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles. OU surrendered its lone goal of the match in the 22nd minute to the defending NCAA runner-up Noles, while five different Sooners took shots throughout the game.
"I thought we were a little disjointed as a group today," head coach Matt Potter said. "That is (part of) a learning process for us. When you play a Florida State team that has been there and done it on every stage possible, you have to put a complete game together. There’s the learning for us. I can’t be disappointed."
The contest was an aggressive match up, marked by 90 minutes of physical play from both teams. FSU lead shots by a margin of 16-6, but OU held the Seminoles to seven shots on goal while firing four of their own throughout the contest. Sooner goalkeepers made six total saves against Florida State, including five from starter Kaitlyn Fahrner.
OU got its first shot on goal of the match in the 13th minute, when Madison Kinzer connected with a header off a corner kick from Laura Rayfield. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller intercepted the ball, making the save to keep the Sooners off the board.
After several close attempts, Florida State struck first in the 22nd minute of play. Megan Campbell launched a long throw-in that Dagny Brynjarsdottir slipped past OU's Fahrner for the first goal of the match.
Oklahoma got a break when Seminole Kristin Grubka took out Lizzie Luallin in the box on a breakaway in the 34th minute. Luallin was awarded a penalty kick, but Miller made the save again on the left side to prevent OU's equalizer attempt.
Halftime adjustments brought new life to the Sooners, who battled back in the second half to hold FSU to only four shots while firing three of their own. The Oklahoma defense began to control the Seminoles' chances, giving OU more opportunities on the other end of the field as they searched for the equalizer.
Freshman Rasha Roberts fired her second shot of the match in the 55th minute. Devin Barrett sent in a cross from the right side to Roberts, who couldn't evade Miller's defense on the effort.
OU swapped out goalkeepers in the 81st minute as sophomore transfer Kaitlyn Keith saw her first playing time of the season. Keith responded in a big way, promptly making an athletic save on a shot from Brynjarsdottir to keep FSU from extending its lead. Sooners poured forward looking for a goal as the match's final minutes wound off the clock, but FSU would hang on to its 1-0 lead and make it the final score.
The Sooners close a challenging weekend of play at 1-1-0 overall, defeating No. 6 Florida on Friday night before falling to the second-ranked Seminoles. OU moves to 2-1-1 on the season, holding wins over the Gators and Oklahoma State and a tie with Utah.
Oklahoma opens its 2014 road schedule next weekend with a non-conference match against Nebraska. The Sooners and the Huskers are set to meet on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT. OU will return home on Sunday, squaring off with Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. in Norman.