Sooners Advance to Big 12 Semis with 2-0 Win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sparked by two late goals, the No. 4 seed Oklahoma soccer team snagged a 2-0 victory over No. 5 seed Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Swope Soccer Village.
The Sooners now hold a 13-5-2 overall record, matching the program-best mark for total wins in a single season.
The shutout represents the eighth of the season for redshirt senior goalkeeper Kassidie Stade and 19th of her career, both OU records. Stade finished with four saves in Friday's match.
With the win, the Sooners advance to face top-ranked West Virginia at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship.
"We knew how difficult the game would be as Tony (Minatta), his staff and team have had a great regular season and 10 shutouts," fifth-year OU head coach Matt Potter said. "Our best moments and passages of play led to both goals, so it shows we are capable. Really proud of our backs and Kassidie for another clean sheet. We now regroup for the challenge of playing the No. 1 team in the nation."
After playing nearly 74 scoreless minutes in a back-and-forth match, OU broke open the scoring when senior forward Liz Keester converted a penalty kick after classmate Rachel Ressler drew a foul inside the box. The score was the team-best ninth for Keester on the year, including her fifth game winner, tied with Renae Cuellar (2012) and Logan Womack (2000) for the second-most in a single season in OU history.
Just two minutes later in the 76th minute, senior midfielder/forward Madison Saliba added to the OU advantage, sending in a cross from Ressler to stretch the score to 2-0. Saliba has now scored five times in her senior campaign, building upon her career high, while Ressler has tallied a pair of assists in 2016.
The Sooners outshot the Cyclones (10-8-1) by a 13-6 margin, including 6-4 in shots on goal. Sophomore defender Angela Boyle led OU with four shots, while junior midfielder Lizzie Luallin added three and Saliba recorded two.
Friday's match between OU and West Virginia will stream for free on the Big 12 Digital Network, and tickets are available here. This season, the Sooners are celebrating 20 years of their program, which began in 1996.