KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oklahoma soccer team saw its season come to an end Sunday night in a 3-0 loss to West Virginia in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners finished the season with a 7-10-2 record.
With a 3-5-1 record in conference play, the Sooners earned the No. 7 seed, setting up a rematch with No. 2 West Virginia just one week after the teams met in Norman. While scoreless at halftime, the Mountaineers scored three goals in the second half to earn the victory.
“We did well to weather the storm of the opening fifteen minutes and then grew into the game,” head coach Matt Potter said. “Going into halftime scoreless shows the good work. The disappointment of the start to the second half is something that has bothered us through the season and chasing the game against a program of the class of a West Virginia is not an ideal position. We will always be a team that tries to go for it rather than sit back so we can’t be disappointed with the late goal in particular.”
“More important is to acknowledge a senior class that has contributed to some of the programs highs contributing both on and off the field,” Potter continued. “I am grateful to have gotten to know and spend time with them and look forward to following their futures as they move to the next chapter of their respective lives.”
The first half was a different tune from a week ago when the Sooners trailed by three goals after the first 45 minutes. The OU defense and goalkeeper McKinley Crone made some incredible plays to keep West Virginia off the board.
Senior Jordan Hobart recorded a pair of shots in the first half, narrowly missing goals on a pair of corner kicks. Junior Kristina O’Donnell had the only shot on goal in the first 45 minutes for Oklahoma, sending in a shot from 18 yards out right into the hands of the Mountaineer keeper.
WVU took a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute on a goal from Sh’Nia Gordon. Gordon received a cross in the box, firing on goal out of the diving reach of Crone.
The Sooners responded by immediately driving down the field, however, a shot from redshirt junior Kaylee Dao just missed wide right in an attempt to tie the game.
The Mountaineers would add a goal in the 67th minute on a slow roller from six yards out that just got past the reach of Crone. The final goal would come in the 86th minute as Lauren Segalla collected her own rebound and shot on an open net.
Senior Paige Welch had a great opportunity to get the Sooners on the board in the 83rd minute sending a header just inches outside the post on a header.