NORMAN – McKinley Crone had a career night in goal as the Oklahoma soccer team battled to a scoreless draw with Baylor Friday night at John Crain Field.
“I though McKinley Crone stood tall when she needed to stand tall,” head coach Matt Potter said “She made the saves she was supposed to make. She’s wonderful in possession of the ball, and you can see that’s only going to grow, that ability to take things and get her job done. She’s had a very positive season thus far, and long may it continue.”
Crone had a stellar night in goal tallying nine saves over 110 minutes. The keeper notched two saves in the first half and each overtime period, and three saves in the second half. This was the second shutout of Crone’s freshman season.
"Considering how our season is going we can't be disappointed with the result,” Potter said. “Baylor is having a wonderful season and they were taking the game to us a little bit, which is obviously something that doesn't sit well with us. I thought that we created chances early on and then we again didn't capitalize on. There is part of you that is very encouraged by character and the result, and the team to continue through throughout the game and get through an overtime; then there is a part of you that wants a little bit more."
With ten minutes left in the first half, the Sooners had their best opportunity to break the scoreless tie. Kyle Escobedo beat a defender down the far side of the box, crossing the ball to Tori Bowman who just missed the header.
In the 51st minute, Escobedo once again looked to put the Sooners ahead with a point-blank shot that was blocked by the Baylor keeper. On the ensuing corner kick, Kaylee Dao headed the ball to the far side of the goal, but her attempt was punched out.
The Bears outshot the Sooners 21-5, with a 9-2 on-goal advantage. The OU defense stepped up big, making countless plays to keep the Bears off the board.
Madeline Brem made a huge defensive stop in the 83rd minute after Crone came off her line to make a diving play. Brem outran the charging Baylor player, clearing the ball off the line at the last minute to preserve the shutout.
“We’re in Big 12 play, so every team is going to be good,” Crone said. “But, the fact that we were able to tie them—they’re a great team, and (our current players) haven’t ever beat them before, so it was really exciting to compete and give as much to the game as they did.”
Oklahoma is now 1-0-2 in overtime games this season, defeating Tulsa and playing to scoreless draws against SMU and Baylor.
The Sooners are back at John Crain Field on Sunday for a noon CT matchup against the Texas Longhorns.
“We created chances today,” Crone said. “Sunday’s game is a big rivalry game, so I think we’re up to the challenge, and it’s definitely something we’re looking forward to.”
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