NORMAN, Okla. (SMU) - It took some time, but the SMU women's soccer team (3-1-0) grinded out a hard-fought 1-0 victory tonight over Oklahoma (1-3-0) at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.
"I feel like it was a pretty even game, but to come on the road and win a match against a good Big XII team is a good thing for us," said SMU head coach Brent Erwin.
SMU came out the gates looking to put in the first goal early, having three opportunities before 10 minutes had passed. As the half wore on, both teams settled in and the game was a back and forth affair, mostly played in the middle.
Rikki Clarke nearly sent the Mustangs into the half with the lead, as she was on the receiving end of a corner kick on the back door with under a minute left. The shot was on frame, but was denied by a diving save from OU's Kelsey Devonshire.
Coming out the break, SMU were the aggressors from the whistle. In the 52nd minute, Shelby Redman got inside the box and ripped a shot that deflected toward the goal. Unluckily, the deflection went to an SMU attacker in an offside position and the goal was disallowed. Two minutes later, Redman took another attempt that drifted just wide of the left top corner.
The Mustangs got the goal they were inching toward when in 73rd minute Briana Gaines got in between two Sooner defenders and was taken down just outside the top of the box. Courtney Smith stepped up and hit a laser shot under the crossbar that gave the OU keeper no chance to stop it.
The Mustangs buckled down defensively from then on, closing out the final 17 minutes.
"You come up to OU and get a 1-0 result, actually score a second goal that got called back, but to have the resiliency to come back and get another goal and then just kill the game off at the end, our young women were wonderful tonight," Erwin said.
SMU heads to area rival North Texas on Friday, September 2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Mustangs knocked off the Mean Green 3-2 in overtime last season.
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