OU Shuts Out Utah Valley Behind McMahand's Goal
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Oklahoma soccer team posted its first shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over Utah Valley Saturday afternoon. Due to poor air quality in Orem, where Utah Valley is located, the teams agreed to move the game to Ute Field at the University of Utah.
OU would need just one goal to secure its second-straight victory and third in the last four games. The Sooners tallied their first shutout of the season, allowing just one shot on goal to the Wolverines.
“We have lots to be proud of: two road wins, challenging conditions, a clean sheet, holding an opponent to one shot on goal, and back to a positive record,” head coach Matt Potter said. “Through the journey of non-conference, we have found out we have everything we need to be successful moving forward. We look forward to what is to come. Job done this weekend and now time to rest for the challenges ahead.”
In the 43rd minute, senior Marissa McMahand put the Sooners on the board with her first goal of the season. Freshman Paige Thompson played the ball across the box, finding a diving McMahand to head the ball past the UVU keeper.
OU finished the first half with an 8-3 shot advantage, including a 4-1 shot-on-goal advantage.
The Sooners had multiple other chances to find the back of the net in the first half, including an early attempt from redshirt sophomore Lauren Haivala. Haivala sent a shot on goal in the sixth minute, but right into the hands of the UVU keeper. Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao sent a header on goal off a McMahand corner in the 25th minute but couldn’t find the back of the net.
In the second half the Sooners allowed just one shot, while adding seven to their total for a 15-4 advantage. OU finished with nine shots on goal, forcing UVU keeper Brooklyn Nielsen to make eight saves on the day. Sophomore goalkeeper McKinley Crone recorded her first shutout of the season with one save for OU.
The Sooners open Big 12 play Friday, Sept. 21, against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. OU will wrap up its four-game road swing with a conference matchup at Kansas State on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Manhattan, Kan.