NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team dropped a 2-1 double-overtime heartbreaker to No. 9 West Virginia on Friday night at the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners (4-12-1, 1-6-0 Big 12) hung fast with the Mountaineers (13-2-2, 7-0-0 Big 12) for over 101 minutes of play, but fell on a sudden-death goal from Kate Schwindel. With the victory, WVU clinched their second-consecutive Big 12 regular season title.
"I felt that, for moments in the game, we actually played quite well," head coach Matt Potter said. "We showed some great character and almost a bit more resilience from ourselves."
The Sooners posted a quiet first half offensively as the Mountaineers held a 7-1 shot advantage heading into halftime. Oklahoma goalkeeper Kassadie Stade posted an outstanding first half, making five athletic saves to keep WVU off the board and OU in the match. Stade finished the match with seven total saves, tying her career high on the season.
"Once again, Kassadie Stade had a magnificent game," Potter said. "She's very capable of games like that, and you could make a point that she kept us in the game."
OU quickly showed life on offense in the second half as the Sooners began to challenge Mountaineer goalkeeper Sara Keane. Oklahoma struck in the 63rd minute when Shiloh Price drove toward the WVU goal on a pass from Madison Saliba. After Price's initial shot was saved but not controlled by Keane, Sooner forward Daisy Cardona swooped in to send the ball into the net and post her team-high fifth goal of the season.
The tempo of the match increased as OU tried to maintain their 1-0 advantage. West Virginia responded 16 minutes later when Frances Silva drove in a goal on an assist from Amanda Hall past Stade's right side to snap up the equalizer. Both teams continued to battle in an attempt to avoid an overtime situation, but the deadlock held steady to send Oklahoma to their third overtime match of the season.
Both teams traded fouls as they struggled to gain the upper hand in the first overtime, but neither squad could turn an offensive opportunity into a goal. The match proceeded to a second overtime where the battle continued until the 101st minute of action. WVU's Kate Schwindel drove past Oklahoma's defenders on an assist from Silva to net a goal and end the match in favor of the Mountaineers.
Oklahoma will travel to Kansas for its regular season finale next weekend, facing the Jayhawks in a must-win Big 12 battle in Lawrence, Kan. The Sooners and KU will face off at 3 p.m. CT on a Friday, Nov. 1 match with conference championship implications.