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October 27, 2012

Sooners earn fifth seed in conference with win over Cyclones

AMES, Iowa — Closing the regular season, Oklahoma clawed back to even in the Big 12 conference, taking down Iowa State 3-0 Friday night at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

The Sooners picked up three goals from three different players, getting the only one they would need from Annalisa Hall just 2:15 into the action.

It was Hall’s first goal after coming close many times this season.

Later tallies were added by Samantha Howell in the 44th minute, just before the half, and Renae Cuellar in the 60th minute. Cuellar, who had the assist on Hall’s score, enjoyed a two-point night.

The victory lifted OU to 7-8-4 overall and 3-3-2 against conference competition. That’s good enough for the No. 5 seed and a first-round game with No. 4 Texas at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, the sight of the Big 12 tournament.

The seven-victory total under first-year coach Matt Potter is the most OU’s ever won in a skipper’s first season.

The Sooners prevailed on precision. Though Iowa State outshot OU 16 to 15, 11 of the Sooners’ tries were on net, compared to just five of the Cyclones.

Sooner netminder Kelsey Devonshire stopped four shots to earn her third shutout of the season.

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