Sooners Drop Sunday Battle with Bears
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to California Sunday afternoon at John Crain Field.
Freshman Hailey Davidson scored in the first half to give the Sooners the lead, but a last second goal in the first half and a second half goal would give Cal the victory.
“I think the biggest thing is we played well throughout the game,” head coach Matt Potter said. “But when you play Top 25 teams, the likes of a Cal, the momentum is going to swing from one team to the other. Sometimes the game is going to be with you. Sometimes it’s not. When we had the ball, we created opportunities. Obviously, we’d like to be more clinical with those opportunities. When the momentum is not with us, we’ve got to be braver in our ability to keep the ball after we work so hard to get it back.”
The Sooners lone goal from Davidson came in the 29th minute. On a run down the far side, junior Ivanna Rivas crossed the ball at the top of the 18-yard box into senior Marissa McMahand. McMahand back-heeled the ball to Davidson who slotted the ball just inside the near post from six yards out for her third goal of the year.
Cal would tie game in the 45th minute, scoring with just three seconds left on the clock before halftime. Emma Treasure would score the equalizer off a corner kick from Mia Corbin.
In the 61st minute, Miranda Nild received a cross from Emma Westin, finding the back of the net from eight yards out.
The Sooners piled on the offensive attack late in the second half as they looked to find the equalizer and send the game to overtime. OU earned three corner kicks late in the game, nearly tying it as a header from senior Jordan Hobart was just wide and a pair of shots from sophomore Emma Ledbetter sailed over the cross bar.
“These moments happen in games,” Potter said. “You have to be bigger than any one moment. It was just a moment, as we saw. In the second half it was a moment that let us down to go behind, and, for the moments we created, we basically have to take care of the opportunities that we have. The difference in the game today was when two critical opportunities fell to our opponent. They put the ball in the goal, and we created enough, but sometimes it just doesn’t bounce your way. We’ve got to be bigger than any one game. “
The Sooners outshot the Bears 13-9 on the game with six shots on goal. Sophomore McKinley Crone finished with five saves for a total of 14 on the weekend.
OU will hit the road for a four-game road trip as they head to Utah and Utah Valley next weekend, before opening conference play on Sept. 21 at Kansas.