NORMAN — Sept. 26, 2008. That was the last time Oklahoma took a beating like the one it endured Sunday against North Texas.
The Mean Green demolished the Sooners 5-0 at John Crain Field. It was the third loss in the last four games for the OU. In all three defeats, the Sooners have been shutout.
“I think we were beat by a better team today,” OU coach Matt Potter said. “All the credit goes to North Texas. They came in with a game plan and executed a game plan. When they got their opportunities they put the ball in the back of the net. Great day for them, obviously not a good day for us.”
The Mean Green (6-2-0) were the aggressive team from the start. They had two shots on goals in the first five minutes.
That assertiveness paid off when Amber Haggerty put North Texas on the board with 36 minutes left in the first half. On a free kick attempt, Haggerty took a pass from Kelsey Hodges and blasted a shot past the Sooners’ (3-5-0) Stade Kassidie for the first goal of the afternoon.
“These things are going to happen,” Potter said. “We can’t accept them because they are not our standards. At the end of the day all we can do is go back to work and congratulate North Texas on a job well done.”
From that point on it became the Rachel Holden show. The Mean Green went up 2-0 after Holden corralled a deflected shot and slipped it past Kassidie. It was her seventh goal of the season.
Oklahoma’s offense was unable to take advantage of its opportunities when it got the ball into UNT territory. They ended the first half with no shots on goal and only three total shots.
In the second half, Oklahoma picked up its tempo and tried to match UNT's aggressive nature. Abby Hodgen came close to cutting North Texas’ lead in half, but the shot was swallowed up by Haley Riley inches before crossing the goal line.
“We’ve gotten the same opportunities and the number of opportunities,” Potter said. “It’s almost like we are not expecting to score. We are trying not to miss.”
Yet, it was still the Mean Grean who found ways to put the ball in the back of the net. Holden scored her second goal of the second half when she fought through two Oklahoma defenders and scrambled to get to a loose ball before the Sooners for the easy put back. It was the second hat trick of the season for the freshman.
“I just think we had to get this win today, and we didn’t,” Hodgen said. “So we are going to have to come back this week and have a fresh start. Move on from this game. It’s a hard thing to get over. But right now, we just have to get past it.”
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