OU Battles to Scoreless Draw at SMU
DALLAS – The No. 16 Oklahoma soccer team battled SMU to a 0-0 draw after two overtime periods Sunday night at Westcott Field.
In the first road match of the year, the Sooners’ (0-1-1) defense was strong throughout the night, thwarting several scoring chances from SMU (1-0-1). The Mustangs recorded 20 shots (seven on goal), while OU posted eight shots (two on goal).
"SMU is a talented and seasoned team," head coach Matt Potter said. "We had to think on our feet and change the we played as a result of their ability to possess and create in wide areas. While we must continue to improve, I'm delighted in the response of the group in the second half and OT. We revealed character and resilience we can build on."
In the 49th minute, OU nearly converted on its first chance of the second half as Emily Parker’s attempt from outside the 18-yard box sailed just wide of goal. In the 63rd minute, Kaylee Dao’s one-touch shot was just high of the cross bar after a sustained period of possession for the Sooners.
OU’s best scoring chance in regulation came after a pass played from the Sooners’ back line split a pair of SMU defenders. Rasha Roberts raced to the ball, but her header was cleared off the line in front of an empty SMU net in the 73rd minute.
Dao led the Sooners with three shots, while Kristina O’Donnell logged two. Marissa McMahand, Parker and Roberts all logged one shot apiece.
OU’s McKinley Crone earned her first clean sheet of her career, collecting seven saves.
SMU’s Allie Thornton finished with eight shots, including three on goal for the Mustangs. Isabelle Nashmi and Claire Oates posted three shots apiece in the draw.
With two home matches on the horizon, Potter thinks that the result could propel OU heading into next weekend with a pair of contests against in-state foes.
"This has the potential to be a catalyst for the season," Potter said. "The result, while hard-earned, is a positive and shows we have the ability to compete. It was great to see players back doing what they are good at in (Kaylee) Dao, (Emily) Parker and (Jordyn) Knox-Webster. Plus our freshmen made their collegiate debuts this weekend and gained valuable experience in both matches."
The Sooners return home for a pair of matches starting Friday as OU hosts Oklahoma State for the first Bedlam match of the year. Kickoff is set 7 p.m. CT. On Sunday, the Sooners will take on in-state foe Tulsa at 6 p.m. CT inside the OU Soccer Complex.
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