Oklahoma won its first game of the young soccer season Sunday, downing Kennesaw State 2-0 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Freshman Madison Saliba came off the bench and scored both goals in less than two minutes. She complemented freshman goalkeeper Miranda Larkin, who made two saves. The shutout was Larkin's first as a collegian.
“This was a very encouraging team performance, especially with the constant changes and playing time we were able to get for different players today,” OU coach Matt Potter said. “The performance showed great maturity and growth. We managed the conditions and the game much better than the last, and that allowed us to dictate large parts of the game.”
OU (1-0) will next play 7 p.m. Friday at Oklahoma State.
COWGIRLS, VANDY TIE
Freshman Courtney Dike scored twice Sunday, helping the Oklahoma State Cowgirls to a 2-2 soccer tie vs. Vanderbilt in Nashville.
OSU goalkeeper Rosa Medina made a career-high 11 saves in a contest that featured a combined 40 shots.
Oklahoma State (1-0-1) trailed 2-1, when Dike scored the tying goal at the 70th minute. Allie Stephenson sent the ball into the box, where it was headed in by Dike.
Vanderbilt fell to 0-1-1.
“It was a shootout. Both team's offenses were better than both team's defenses today,” said OSU coach Colin Carmichael. “They had 14-15 good looks at goal, and we probably had 10-12. (The score) could have just as easily been 5-5. Both keepers made good saves, both defenses made some good plays. If Vandy had lost, they would feel hard done by and if we had lost, we'd feel hard done by so maybe a tie was just about right.”
WORRELL WINS OKLAHOMA OPEN
University of Tulsa golfer Chris Worrell shot a final-round 67 Sunday and won the Oklahoma Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond.
Worrell finished the three-round tournament with a 202, which was three shots better than Zechariah Potter of Andover, Kan.; Justin Bardgett of Chesterfield, Mo.; Coy Breen of San Antonio; Kevin Kring of Springfield, Mo.; Oscar Stark of Edmond; and Jason Meece of Ardmore.
Worrell was a second-team All-Conference USA selection last season. The Enid product was an All-Stater.