NORMAN — Oklahoma soccer is a program in transition and, wherever it’s going, Sunday looked like a big step in the right direction.
Coming off a non-conference Bedlam loss only two days earlier at Oklahoma State, the Sooners were transformed in Sunday’s home opener against Texas State.
Getting a quartet of goals from a trio of newcomers, the Sooners poured it on the Bearcats, notching a 4-0 victory at John Crain Field.
OU dominated, finishing with 19 shots against TSU’s eight, including 12 on goal to TSU’s three. Additionally, all five of the game’s corner kicks belonged to the Sooners.
True freshman Kamie Iurato netted two of OU’s tallies, turning a 2-0 game into a 4-0 advantage with goals in the 76th and 88th minute.
A close game for a long time, OU took its first lead of the game at the 26:01 mark when freshman Caren Nelson broke a scoreless tie at the 26:01 mark off an assist from Zoe Dickson.
That’s the way it stayed until 19 minutes remained, when junior college transfer Daisy Cardona took a cross from Madison Saliba and headed it past Bobcat keeper Natalie Gardini for a 2-0 advantage.
In goal, Kassidie Stade earned her first shutout.
OU moved to 2-2 on the season, but has two very difficult games coming up a long way from home.
Friday the Sooners are at No. 8 Florida for a 6 p.m. kick. Two days later, at noon, they’ll be at No. 3 Florida State.