April 22, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Two first half goals resulted in the Oklahoma soccer team's second win of the spring on Saturday as the Sooners posted a 2-0 win over Arkansas.
Annalisa Hall scored her second and third goals of the spring (team best) to up the Sooners record to 2-0-1.
Oklahoma jumped on top 1-0 as Abby Hodgen assisted the first of Hall's goals on the day. Hall finished the opportunity from eight yards out.
Zoe Dickson gave the Sooners an insurance goal before intermission as she played a through ball up to Hall, who finished the chance from 16 yards out.
"We started slow and you have to give credit to Arkansas," said first year head coach Matt Potter. "But we settled down, possessed the ball and dictated periods of play, and that is exciting. The result was two goals and that speaks to the work we have been putting in.
"We changed the formation and players around a little today, as we look to build habits for the future. I was pleased with our industry, especially as Arkansas was very energetic and competing all over the field."
The second half we have to learn to read the game and understand how we could have taken advantage. We lost our way a little from the possession and controlled play we have been working on but as we learn more those things are going to happen.
Goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire and the Sooners posted their second shutout of the season as both offenses were held scoreless in the second half.
In all we have another positive result as we look to build towards the future," added Potter. "A clean sheet is always pleasing and we found out a little more about each other. Our spring has been very rewarding and, as a staff, we have been encouraged by the commitment and progress of the group."
Oklahoma has one final game remaining in the spring as the Sooners travel south to play at SMU on April 28.
"We have had three very contrasting games and all have presented a different challenge for us to learn from," said Potter. "The players have had an opportunity to learn as much about us, as we have of them. We have one week of practice left and then another tough road trip to SMU. We are expecting a competitive and energetic week of endeavor from the group. I know they want to leave a positive image as we look towards the summer."
The full four-game schedule is below:
|2012 Spring Schedule
|| W, 3-0 vs. Oral Roberts - March 30 (Norman, Okla.)
||T, 1-1 at Tulsa - Saturday, April 14 (Tulsa, Okla.)
||W, 2-0, vs. Arkansas - Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. (Norman, Okla.)
||at SMU - Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. (Dallas, Texas)