Gainesville, Fla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team was shut out for the first time in 2013 on Friday night, falling by a score of 3-0 to the No. 10 Florida Gators at James G. Pressly Stadium. Originally slated for a 6 p.m. CT start, OU (2-3-0, 0-0-0 Big 12) and UF's (4-1-0, 0-0-0) match was delayed an hour due to weather and took place in misty conditions.
“Tonight was a valuable lesson in execution,” Head coach Matt Potter said. “Both collectively and individually, moments have cost us and a great team like Florida will punish you for those. I am pleased that we continue to show both the ability to remain in games and to statistically create opportunities against good teams. On both ends, we have to learn to deliver for 90 minutes.”
The Sooners held Florida to eight shots overall, marking the first time this season that OU has dropped a match when limiting its opponent to ten or less shots. In return, UF limited Oklahoma to its lowest shot output of the season, notching three shots overall and two on goal. Redshirt freshman Kassadie Stade got the starting nod for the Sooners in the goal, notching four saves in 90 minutes of play.
Florida struck early near the nine-minute mark on a goal from Pamela Begic. Begic took an assist from teammate Lauren Silver to sneak the ball past Stade from five yards out on the right side.
The Sooner defense rose up to Florida's challenge, keeping the score at 1-0 through the remainder of the first half. Freshman Caren Nelson notched both of OU's shots in the first half, including a shot on goal near the one-minute mark.
Madison Saliba got the Sooners' best look of the second half in the 48th minute, but Florida goalkeeper Taylor Burke made the save for the Gators. UF struck again 11 minutes later, netting a goal from Lauren Smith 15 yards out in open field to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.
OU's defense battled back but surrendered its third and final goal of the evening at the 70-minute mark when Brooke Sharp sent one past Stade from eight yards out on the right side. The score of 3-0 would go final 20 minutes later, sealing the victory for Florida.
Oklahoma finished the game with three shots and two shots on goal from two players, as well as one corner kick and four saves. The loss marked the first time this season that OU has been out-shot by an opponent in any game. A total of 21 Sooners saw action against the Gators, while six true freshmen got the starting nod against 10th-ranked Florida.
OU will take a day off to travel tomorrow before wrapping up their weekend in the Sunshine State on Sunday, Sept. 8. The Sooners will square off with the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla. at noon CT.