Crone, Yost Lead Sooners to Big 12 Victory
MANHATTAN, Kan. – A stellar outing in goal from sophomore McKinley Crone and a first-half goal from sophomore Erika Yost led the Oklahoma soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Kansas State Sunday afternoon. The Sooners posted their second shutout of the season while picking up their first conference victory.
“Anytime you suffer a hard loss in the manner that we did Friday you look for a response from your team,” head coach Matt Potter said. “This result speaks volumes to the group’s character and desire. Tough place to play, against a tough team that is well coached and organized, we knew it would be a battle.”
Crone finished the game with eight saves on the day, stopping everything that came her way to pick up her second clean sheet this season. The sophomore now has four career shutouts against Big 12 opponents after picking up three in 2017.
Less than a minute in, Yost found the back of the net for her second goal of the season. With 46 seconds ticked off the clock, the goal went down as the fifth-fastest in OU program history.
Freshman Olivia Smith drove the ball down the far side of the field, crossing it in to the 18-yard box. Kansas State’s keeper attempted to save the cross but deflected it to a wide-open Yost. Yost tapped the ball in from two yards out to give OU a lead it would never relinquish.
Yost had two other opportunities to add to her early goal in the first half. In the third and 11th minutes, she sent shots right over the cross bar. The sophomore finished the day with four shots to lead all players.
Redshirt sophomore Kaylee Dao added a shot in the fourth minute that was placed perfectly on goal but saved by the Kansas State keeper.
The OU defense was tested in the second half as the Wildcats came out and piled on the shots. The Sooners defended all six of Kansas State’s corner kicks well, helping Crone keep a clean sheet.
After the first weekend of conference play, the Sooners sit tied for fourth with a 1-1 record and three total points.
“The early goal set the stage for our commitment to each other and carried us to the win,” Potter said. “Two weeks on the road without a loss in ninety minutes and now we get to go home and ready ourselves for the next test and opportunity. It will be good to be home.”
Up next for the Sooners is a pair of conference games at John Crain Field. OU will face Texas Tech on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. before hosting Oklahoma State in the second Bedlam game of the season on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Sunday’s matchup will air live on ESPN2.