Dao, Welch Score in 3-2 Loss to No. 20 Texas
AUSTIN, Texas– The Oklahoma soccer team fought back from a 2-1 deficit, but couldn’t overtake No. 20 Texas, falling 3-2 Friday night in Austin.
Trailing by a goal with six minutes to play, senior Paige Welch notched her first goal of the season to tie the match. Welch, an Austin, Texas native, headed the ball just under the crossbar and out of reach of the leaping Texas keeper.
With time winding down, it looked as though the Sooners would be headed to their fourth overtime game in Big 12 play this season. However, a goal in the 90th minute by Texas’ Alexa Adams would give the Longhorns the 3-2 victory.
"We showed the character to come back and tie it with another set piece and I’m delighted for Paige to get the goal being from Austin," head coach Matt Potter said. "To not finish the game out falls on me as the coach, and as a result we leave reflecting on another missed opportunity. Now we get to go home and prepare for senior day and two opportunities to put us back to winning ways."
The Sooners took the early lead, scoring in the 16th minute. OU earned a free kick deep in Texas territory, setting up senior Marissa McMahand to take the shot.
McMahand curled the ball from 30 yards out to the far post, connecting with redshirt junior Kaylee Dao. Dao headed the ball past the diving Texas keeper for her sixth goal of the season. Awarded the assist, McMahand now has seven on the season and is just one away from tying the single-season program record of eight.
Texas tied the match at 1-1 in the 27th minute on a goal from Katie Glenn. Going one-on-one with OU keeper McKinley Crone, Glenn took a shot from 10-yards out and placed the ball just inside the post and out of the diving reach of Crone.
The Longhorns would take the lead for the first time in the game in the 63rd minute as Alexa Adams collected a header on the run and found the back of the net from 12-yards out.
The Sooners are now 2-1-1 in their last four games against Texas. The five goals scored by the two teams is the most since 2006, when the teams combined for six in a 3-3 tie.
OU returns to the friendly confines of John Crain Field for the final home weekend of the season. The Sooners will host Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. CT for Senior Night. On Sunday, Oct. 21, OU will face West Virginia at 1 p.m. CT in the final home game of the year.