Sooners Top UNT, 1-0, in Exhibition Match
NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team earned a victory in its final tune up before the regular season begins, topping North Texas, 1-0, Friday night in Denton, Texas.
The Sooners dominated offensively from the beginning, with redshirt sophomore Lauren Haivala immediately firing off a pair of shots. OU had all the momentum in the first half, finally breaking through just before the 30-minute mark.
In the 26th minute, freshman Megan Reilly found the back of the net to give OU a 1-0 lead. With the Sooners pressing deep into UNT territory, Reilly took a shot from six yards out, just getting the ball past the UNT keeper.
All three OU goalkeepers saw action, combining for seven saves. Sophomore McKinley Crone played the first 45 minutes, tallying one save. Freshman Megan McClay started the second half and had an impressive showing, notching four incredible saves. Sophomore Paige Hobart finished the game in goal for OU, recording two saves in 20 minutes in goal.
UNT finished with a 12-8 shot advantage and a 7-4 shot-on-goal advantage, but stellar defense from the Sooners kept the Mean Green off the board. Kelsey Brann played all 90 minutes in goal for UNT, finishing the night with three saves.
OU returns to Norman to open the regular season at John Crain Field on Aug. 16 against Nebraska at 7 p.m. CT.
Single-game and season tickets are on sale now for purchase online and by phone (800-456-GoOU).