NORMAN – A pair of seniors led the Oklahoma soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Iowa State Friday night at John Crain Field.
Seniors Marissa McMahand and Emily Parker each notched a goal on Senior Night to help the Sooners secure a spot in the upcoming Big 12 tournament.
“Any conference win is a good win,” head coach Matt Potter said. “You can see the depth of the conference from top to bottom is very good. The competitiveness, the ability of the players individually and collectively. So, any win in our conference is a well-earned win.”
Trailing 1-0 after an Iowa State goal in the 14th minute, McMahand found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to knot things up. Sophomore Emma Ledbetter was fouled just inside the penalty box, setting up the Sooners for the penalty kick opportunity. McMahand easily converted the attempt, shooting the ball to her right as the ISU keeper dove left.
The teams went into halftime tied at 1-all, but it wouldn’t take long in the second half for the Sooners to take the lead for the first time.
In the 53rd minute, Parker netted the game-winning goal with her third score of the season. Off a corner kick, sophomore Erika Yost sent a cross from the top of the 18-yard box in to Parker who was just inches from the goal line. The ball just popped off Parker’s foot to find the back of the net and give OU the 2-1 lead.
“It is so special,” McMahand said. “For Emily to come and get the game-winner; she has been patiently waiting all season and she finally got the winner.”
OU led Iowa State in shots with a 14-10 advantage. Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao led all players with four shots on the night, while McMahand was second with three, all on goal.
“Today, we showed signs of what we can do from a possession stand point and getting into the attacking third, which is important this time of the year,” Potter said. “We are disappointed to give up the goal because our defenders are quite disciplined and organized. To get wins against any opponent in our conference you are going to have to play well.”
On Sunday, OU will face West Virginia at 1 p.m. CT in the final home game of the year. The final game of the regular season is set for Thursday, Oct. 25, at Baylor. The Big 12 Tournament will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Kansas City, Mo.