NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team dropped the first Bedlam match of the season, falling 2-1 to Oklahoma State Friday night at the OU Soccer Complex. The attendance of 2,064 on Friday ranks as the second-best mark in program history.
After falling down by two goals, OU (0-2-1) trimmed the Cowgirls' (3-0-0) lead in half as redshirt sophomore Kyle Escobedo netted her first goal of the year. Escobedo drove inside the 18-yard box, then cut back on her left foot to score in the 64th minute.
Looking for the equalizer, OU’s attack pressured Oklahoma State during the final 25 minutes. Kaylee Dao pushed a pair of headers wide, while Marissa McMahand’s attempt in the 89th minute sailed just high over the cross bar.
"We clearly showed that we could compete and play in this game,” head coach Matt Potter said. “We are a little disappointed in the manner of the goals that we gave up, but that happens at this point in the year. We obviously have things to tidy up and then going forward we have got to be more clinical, a little bit more crisper in our decision making in the final third, and then the goals will come."
OSU’s Kim Rodriguez scored the first goal of the match off a corner kick in the 39th minute. The Cowgirls added a second goal just 10 minutes into the second half as Charme Morgan scored off a cross from Anna Beffer.
The Sooners recorded a season-best 10 shots in the match, while Oklahoma State recorded 11. Dao led Oklahoma with three shots, while Escobedo, Rasha Roberts and Erika Yost had two apiece, respectively.
McKinley Crone took the loss in goal, recording two saves for the Sooners. OSU’s Michela Ongaro played the first 45 minutes of the match, recording one save to earn the win, while Tanya de Souza appeared in the second half and allowed one goal.
The Sooners wrap up the weekend at home Sunday against Tulsa at 6 p.m. CT at the OU Soccer Complex. The match will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Single-game and mini-plan season tickets are currently on sale for OU soccer. Fans can visit SoonerSports.com/tickets or call 405-325-2424 for more information.