Sooners Look Sharp in Victory over USF
NORMAN – The Oklahoma women’s soccer team dominated the University of San Francisco in a 4-1-win Friday night at John Crain Field.
Junior Ivanna Rivas tallied a pair of goals, freshman Lauren Tovy picked up the first goal of her collegiate career and redshirt junior Kaylee Dao notched her fourth goal of the season in the victory.
“I think first and foremost, even though the results haven’t been going our way we have been pleased with progress that we have made,” head coach Matt Potter said. “You can see tonight, the difference was we had a group of players back that allowed us to share the wealth, in terms of minutes, and share responsibility of the team performance. And just continuing to believe that we could do the things that we want to do when we want to do them.”
The Sooners utilized a corner kick to their advantage to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. In the 16th minute, freshman Megan Reilly took a corner for the Sooners, sending the ball inside the 18-yard box.
Dao got the first touch, passing the ball in to Rivas who took a shot from three yards out to secure her third goal of the season.
In the 67th minute, Tovy put the Sooners up 2-0 with her first goal of the season. The freshman from McKinney, Texas took a shot from 16-yards out, slipping the ball just inside the post.
After USF got on the board with a penalty kick in the 69th minute, the Sooners would extend their lead again with Dao’s fourth goal of the season. Dribbling through the entire USF defense, Dao made it look effortless as she fired through traffic from 12-yards out.
The exclamation point on the night was Rivas’ second goal in the 82nd minute. From 24 yards out, Rivas sent a rocket of a shot into the back of the net to seal the win.
“It is so encouraging as a team that we came out in the second half and proved how we can play and how we are as a team,” Rivas said. “It is a great feeling right now...we have to keep it going.”
OU’s four goals came on just ten shots, including six on goal. Dao led the way with three shots, while Rivas tallied a pair.
Sophomore goalkeeper McKinley Crone was fantastic in goal, tallying nine saves on the night.
“The thing that San Francisco does very well is that they press in the attack. What we needed to do was to bypass those players. And by bypassing those players and getting the ball forward early, then we could look for some of the balls. The challenge of that is that when you are defending so deep, to get and cover that ground for 90 minutes is tough to do, but I thought we managed that very well.”
The Sooners are back in action on Sunday against California. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. CT at John Crain Field.