NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team saw its season come to an end Wednesday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals. The Sooners ended the season 3-13-4, 1-5-3 in Big 12 play.
“It’s never a good day when the season comes to a close,” head coach Matt Potter said. “At the end of the day we put ourselves in too big of a hole to climb out of and credit Oklahoma State for seeing out the game. We showed a spirit and endeavor led by our senior class in the second half that will now need to carry into the off season if we are to return to our traditions of winning ways.”
The Sooners goal would come in 47th minute off the foot of Madeline Brem. OU earned an early corner kick that looked as though it would be cleared by the OSU defense. Jordan Hobart collected the ball, firing a shot into the box from 25 yards out. Brem headed the ball before connecting on a rebound to fire into the back of the net.
The top-seeded Cowgirls took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on a goal from Haley Woodard. Deep in their attacking third, OSU’s Anna Beffer played a ball inside the box to Woodard who scored from eight yards out.
OU looked close to scoring the equalizer in the 31st minute after earning a corner kick. Kyle Escobedo took a shot from 18 yards out that was punched out by the OSU keeper, before Tori Bowman attempted a shot from six yards out that was blocked.
OSU took a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute, converting a corner kick into a goal by Coumba Sow.
Despite being outshot 12-3 in the first half, the Sooners rebounded to outshoot OSU 9-5 in the second half. Oklahoma State's Anna Beffer led all players with six shots on the day, while Escobedo and Bowman led the Sooners with three apiece.
This was the third meeting this season between the two teams, with OSU taking all three games. This is the third time the two teams have met three times in a season and the first time since 2011 that one team has swept all three games.
“(This was) not the season we anticipated or prepared for, yet I will own it knowing that these moments can be channeled to fuel the work to come,” Potter said. “The group certainly has the talent. We will reflect, evaluate then go back to work.”