NORMAN – Battling a Texas team that had yet to see a loss or tie on the season, the Oklahoma soccer team stepped up big, earning a scoreless draw against the nation’s No. 8 team.
“I’m proud of our defense,” defender Madeline Brem said. “We got our clean sheet, which is one of our goals, especially when we’re here at home. It was the whole team’s effort, and I’m proud of us. Texas is a great team, and they were undefeated this far, and we kept them from scoring, so it’s an accomplishment.”
This is the first time since 2015 that the Sooners have recorded shutouts in consecutive games and shut out back-to-back conference opponents. Today’s game was the first this season where Texas did not score a goal, after tallying 20 in their first 11 games.
“Considering where both programs are at this particular point in time, record only, it shows that we have the ability to compete with right now one of the better teams in the country,” head coach Matt Potter said. “Texas/Oklahoma always seems to bring out the best in everybody. I am a big believer that moments like this don’t build character they reveal it. Again, we have carved out some great half chances that at this level you have to turn into goals, but I am sure that Texas could say the same thing too. It goes to show that both programs are committed, their desires are the same… hopefully we can build off this and find a way to get on the scoresheet to turn these into wins.”
With 11 seconds left in regulation, the Sooners had their best opportunity of the match on a free kick taken by McKinley Crone from just past midfield. Crone’s shot landed just inside the six-yard box, but the Texas defense cleared the ball away.
In the 85th minute, Crone made a great save to keep the match scoreless, getting her fingertips on a high shot to send ball over the crossbar.
Kaylee Dao came close to putting the game away in the final minute of the second overtime period as her point-blank shot that was just blocked off the line by a Texas defender.
Crone once again had a stellar outing in goal, recording seven saves just two days after setting her career high (nine). Texas outshot Oklahoma 19-6, with a 7-0 on-goal advantage.
“Obviously, two clean sheets are the kind of the performances that we are used to and that we have built on the past few years,” Potter said. “To be that working model of ourselves at this time of year, especially in conference play is important. We are going to have to rest up and be ready to go again.”
The Sooners will be on the road for the next three games, starting with a two-game weekend at Iowa State and West Virginia. Oklahoma will face Iowa State on Friday at 7 p.m., before facing WVU on Sunday at noon.
Single-game and mini-plan season tickets are currently on sale for OU soccer. Fans can visit SoonerSports.com/tickets or call 405-325-2424 for more information.