Sooners Drop Tough Battle to San Francisco
NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team dropped a tough 3-1 road decision to the University of San Francisco Sunday afternoon.
The Dons jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the half, with a controversial goal coming in the final second. Originally, the goal was denied as officials deemed it did not cross the line before the clock read zero, but video review reversed the call.
"The game was decided by the ability to takes the chances presented," head coach Matt Potter said. "The credit goes to the San Francisco players for their application to carve out and finish half-chances and capitalize on our mistakes. We certainly tried to take the game to them and as the stats implied, created chances, however you have to take them and be aware of opponents threats at the same time."
Oklahoma’s lone goal came off the foot of leading goal-scorer Kaylee Dao in the 73rd minute. Driving down the field, a handball by a USF defender in the box awarded the Sooners a penalty kick. Dao stepped up, slotting the ball into the lower left side, out of the diving reach of the USF keeper.
The Dons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on a goal from Sonja Giraud. From 25 yards out, Giraud caught OU keeper McKinley Crone off her line, sending the ball just inside the lower left corner of the net.
In the 26th minute, Tori Bowman nearly tied the game off a Sooner set-piece. Bowman headed a corner kick perfectly on goal, but the ricochet off the crossbar was cleared by the USF defense.
USF’s Miciah Madison scored in the 37th minute, collecting a rebound off a blocked shot and finding the back of the net to give USF a 2-0 lead.
In the 45th minute, Giraud netted her second goal of the game, firing a high shot into the upper 90, just out of the reach of the jumping Crone.
The Sooners outshot the Dons at a 20-12 clip, with 11 shots being on goal. Dao led all players with six shots on the day. Kristina O’Donnell added four shots, while Bowman and Lizzie Luallin notched three apiece.
The Sooners begin conference play Friday, Sept. 22 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The second Bedlam match of the season is set for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Non-conference play wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Loyola Marymount.
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.