FORT WORTH, Texas -- Led by Abby Hodgen's third goal of the season and a clutch performance by goalkeeper Kassadie Stade, the Oklahoma soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over conference opponent TCU on Friday evening. The win over the Horned Frogs (5-8-3, 1-4-1 Big 12) marked the Sooners' (4-10-1, 1-4-0 Big 12) first conference victory of the season and OU's fourth shutout win this fall.
"We will enjoy this win tonight, and more importantly, I believe we can be motivated by the performance," head coach Matt Potter said. "We played a good TCU team tonight. I felt that we did a wonderful job from start to finish in both our possession and in our collective defending."
Oklahoma opened the match ready to put up an offensive challenge against TCU's defense. The Sooners posted a 5-1 shot advantage in the first half, but the Horned Frog defense held fast to set the score at a 0-0 tie by halftime.
Daisy Cardona had one of OU's best looks of the first half when the junior created an advantageous one-on-one matchup with TCU goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold. Cardona's shot sailed just high of the goal, however, keeping the Sooners off the board.
It took Oklahoma under ten minutes to break their scoring drought in the second half. OU took advantage of a free kick to line up Abby Hodgen in hopes of putting the Sooners in scoring position. Hodgen more than delivered, burying a free kick in the left side of the goal to give the junior her third goal of the season and put OU up 1-0.
The defensive battle continued following the Sooner goal, but OU continued to prevent TCU from getting solid looks offensively. Not even the frantic pace of the match's final 10 minutes could shake Oklahoma and Stade as the defensive continued to clear the ball and take away Horned Frog scoring opportunities.
Stade quietly put together an outstanding match herself, notching four saves (including two key snags in the final six minutes of play) while foiling multiple TCU set pieces to secure the Sooner victory.
OU's victory will keep the Sooners' Big 12 Championship hopes alive as the team turns their focus to the final three matches of the season. Oklahoma now sits in eighth overall in league play at 1-4-0.
"We know all too well how you can be humbled from the high of a win if you don't refocus for the next game," Potter said. "We will enjoy the moment and then prepare appropriately for Sunday and Texas."
Oklahoma will wrap up the weekend on Sunday in a rivalry contest with the Texas Longhorns. OU and UT are set to face off at 1 p.m. CT, with a live broadcast available on The Longhorn Network.