No. 12 Soccer defeats Oklahoma, 4-0
Oct. 17, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 12 University of Texas soccer team used four goals from four players to shutout the Oklahoma Sooners, 4-0, Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium. With the victory, Texas extended its home unbeaten streak to 24 games and recorded its seventh shutout of the season. UT improves to 3-2-1 in Big 12 play and 10-2-2 overall while the Sooners fall to 1-13-1 overall and 0-5-1 in league action.
The Longhorns got their offense rolling right from the first whistle with a goal by senior Jill Gilbeau in the seventh minute. Gilbeau beat her defender down the right line and cut back toward the goal before striking the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
Texas only waited six minutes before extending its lead when junior Emily Anderson collected her third goal of the 2008 campaign. Senior Kasey Moore headed a long ball to Anderson in right side of the Sooner box. Anderson volleyed the ball past the hands of OU keeper Traci Dickenson to give UT the 2-0 advantage.
Just five minutes before the end of the first half, sophomore Kirsten Birkhold netted her first goal of the season. Junior Stephanie Gibson played a through ball to a streaking Birkhold on the left side. Birkhold beat her Sooner mark and shot the ball past new OU keeper Lisa Jett to send the Horns into the half up 3-0.
UT kept the pressure on the OU backline throughout the second half and capitalized on its attack in the 58th minute. Freshman Courtney Goodson dribbled down the left line before sending a long left-footed cross to the center of the OU box. Sophomore Kendall Campise connected on the pass and rolled the ball into the lower right corner of the net for the first goal of her career.
Texas outshot the Sooners 21-4, 15 of which came in the first half, tying the season-high for shots in a period. UT also held a 5-1 corner kick advantage.
Texas closes out its home weekend hosting No. 18 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Central on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Myers Stadium.
On Kasey Moore playing forward: The ability to move Kasey up front gives us some versatility. If we feel like we need a little more going forward, she's obviously a good enough player where she can make a difference. I think in the 20 minutes she played, she was pretty dangerous.
On playing offense and defense: I like playing defense, it has a little more strategy and a little more structure, but I'm gaining a new perspective and respect for the offense.
On the team's performance: We played well. I think the game was great in that we scored goals and looked confident.
SENIOR Kasey Moore
On Sunday's match against No. 18 OSU: It's always a good game against them, so we're looking forward to it.