Dao's Winner Pushes OU Past Tulsa in OT

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 27, 2017

NORMAN  Kaylee Dao lifted the Oklahoma soccer team to its first win of the season, notching a golden goal in the 96th minute against Tulsa. The Sooners topped the Golden Hurricane, 2-1, Sunday night at the OU Soccer Complex.

"Well, clearly we know in these rivalry games, especially after Friday, that they are tough to play in," head coach Matt Potter said.  "The matter we performed in is very encouraging. I thought we kept possession of the ball well, we got into dangerous areas. Now, we need to just add another layer, so that we can maintain that pressure and turn it into goals. We also obviously want to keep clean sheets, but very encouraging for our Sunday game."

The Sooners (1-2-1) came out aggressive in the first overtime period, earning an early corner kick to set up Dao’s fifth-career game-winner. Paige Welch cleared the ball from the pack in front of the net, setting up an open Dao who tapped the ball past the diving reach of the Tulsa goalkeeper.

“It’s always nice to get your first goal, especially an overtime win," Dao said. "I feel like I justified myself from a couple earlier chances in the game. Twenty-six shots: that should be enough to get one in, and I happened to be at the right place at the right time. My teammates did a great job at fighting for the ball inside the box, and I just happened to be there to finish it… Credit to my teammates for fighting to win that ball and get it loose for me.”

OU got the scoring started in the first half as Marissa McMahand put the Sooners on the board just before halftime. In the 41st minute, the junior battled through three Tulsa defenders before slotting the ball just inside the left post for her first goal of the season.

The Sooners attacked early and often, putting up 13 shots in the first half. Emily Parker almost had Oklahoma ahead in the first ten minutes, but her uncontested shot was stopped just before the line by a Tulsa defender.

The Golden Hurricane (0-3-1) tied the match in the 74th minute as McKenzi McAdams scored on a cross from Valiree Morris.

OU finished the game with 26 shots, including 10 on goal. The Sooners outshot the Golden Hurricane 26-9 for the match, the largest differential of the season.

Twelve Sooners recorded at least one shot with Dao leading all players with five shots. Kyle Escobedo, Parker, Welch and McMahand all logged three apiece.

McKinley Crone earned her first career win, picking up four saves.

The Sooners will hit the road for a pair of games over the weekend, starting with a neutral site match against Oregon on Sept. 1. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. CT in Boise, Idaho. The weekend will wrap up with a Sunday afternoon battle against Boise State at 3 p.m. CT.

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.

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