NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team saw another hard-fought match slip through their fingers in tough 2-1 decision against No. 15 Texas Tech on Friday night. The Sooners (3-9-1, 0-3-0 Big 12) used a fiery second half of play to challenge the Red Raiders (13-1-1, 3-0-1 Big 12) in the goal, finishing with an overall shot advantage of 14-10.
The first half of play was a defensive gridlock with both teams heading to the locker room at a 0-0 tie. The Red Raiders outshot the Sooners by a margin of 5-1, but OU goalkeeper Kassadie Stade made three big saves in the goal to keep TTU off the board. OU took their lone shot of the half in the eighth minute on a rocket from Devin Barrett that was intercepted by Texas Tech goalkeeper Victoria Esson.
The Sooners came out needing to create offensive opportunities in the second half and put TTU on their heels, and OU more than responded. OU outshot the Red Raiders 13-5 in the second half, repeatedly challenging Esson in the goal while limiting Texas Tech's chances on set pieces.
Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead in the match in the 61st minute off a neatly-delivered corner kick from junior Abby Hodgen. Madison Saliba controlled the ball before delivering it to freshman Madison Kinzer, who fired in her first goal of the season to put OU on the board.
Texas Tech responded just seconds later in the 62nd minute when Alli Murphy sent in a cross from the right side that evaded Stade's reach and knotted up the game at 1-1. Both teams continued to battle for an advantage as the game wore on, but it was Tech who would finally get the lead on a goal from Jessica Fuston in the 80th minute of play.
The Sooners had a chance for an equalizer just moments later on a powerful kick from senior captain Zoe Dickson, but Esson made what the referees ruled to be a tough save to maintain the Red Raider lead. The 2-1 score would go final under 10 minutes later, handing OU its third loss this season on a goal in the last 12 or less minutes of play.
Oklahoma will go back in action to keep its Big 12 tournament hopes alive on Sunday afternoon at the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners will face Iowa State at 1 p.m. CT, with a live broadcast provided by Sooner Sports TV on FS Oklahoma and FOX Sports College Central.