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October 1, 2012

Sooners draw even in Bedlam battle

STILLWATER — When Oklahoma topped then-No. 3 Oklahoma State at John Crain Field seven weeks ago by scoring the game’s only goal on its only shot on goal, the narrative was clear.

It had to be the biggest win in program history. It was Bedlam, the Cowgirls were a top-five opponent. How could it not be the biggest win in program history?

Terrific.

Only now it is no longer even the most important game this season. Sunday’s Bedlam draw should be much more telling.

A 1-1 final, OU had the best of it.

The Sooners outshot the Cowgirls 23 to 19, put 12 on goal to the Cowgirls’ five and made OSU keeper Adrianna Franch work like she’s never worked before.

Generally considered the best net-minder in the nation, Franch had to stop a career-high 10 shots, including a Renae Cuellar penalty kick with 3:10 remaining in the first of two sudden-death overtime periods.

The Sooners were so good that there can’t help but be a where’s-this-been-all-season aspect to it. Also, they were so good it’s crazy not to think the rest of the season should be much better than everything that happened prior to Sunday.

“The way we played tonight, it’s something I’ve always felt we had the ability to do,” first-year Sooner coach Matt Potter said. “I think, statistically, we feel like we won.”

OU was on top of its game from the start. The difference was precision. The Sooners did not waste touches. They had purpose.

“We reached another level as a team” Cuellar said. “We performed well.”

Really well.

For a while, it looked like it might be one of those horribly unfortunate games where the better team on the field just has to live with being snakebit.

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