NORMAN â The University of Oklahoma soccer team returned to the win column Thursday night, beating Kansas 3-2 in front of the home crowd at John Crain Field.
Freshman Leonie Weber scored the game-winner in the 86th minute on an impressive back-heel goal off an assist from senior Bri Amos. Senior Meg Reilly caught fire in the match, recording her second brace of the season, scoring goals in the 3rd minute and 57th minute.
“I knew that we had a really tough stretch of games that challengedÂ us,” head coach Mark Carr said. “This group has just shown the belief and the commitment all along and not wavered. I think you see that in the performance tonight against a Kansas team that is coming off two ranked wins over West Virginia and Baylor. So for us to knock off a team at that level feels pretty good.”
Reilly got things going early for the Sooners (5-9-1), finding the back of the net on a header off the assist from Olivia Odle’s corner kick.
The Jayhawks (7-9-1) struck back in the 24th minute with Brie Severns sneaking a ball past OU keeper Nikki Panas to even the match.
Reilly would respond for the Sooners in the 57th minute, converting a penalty kick following a foul in the box drawn by freshman Ella Pappas.
The match continued to go back-and-forth with Kansas finding the equalizer in the 62nd minute from Raena Childers just outside the six-yard box.
Amos set up Weber for the game-winner in the 86th minute, playing a ball into the box that Weber, with her back facing the goal, flicked the ball past the KU keeper with her right heel.
“I thought that we were dominant in moments,” Carr added. “There were other times that I thought we were a bit careless in terms of the goals we gave up, which is something we’ll learn from. But this team is always gonna score goals and we had some big performances from people tonight.
“It’s just nice to get back into the win column and get our first conference win. We’ve got work to do and we need to recover and get ready for Sunday.”
The Sooners held the advantage in shots in the game, taking 19 to KU’s 14 while KU took five corner kicks to OU’s four. Panas made five saves in goal for OU.
Oklahoma returns to the pitch Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT versus Kansas State. The game is available to watch on Bally Sports Oklahoma and tickets are still available for purchase via SoonerSports.com/tickets or at the gate on game day.
Sunday’s match will be the team’s annual ‘Pink Game’, supporting breast cancer awareness. Pink hand clappers will be available to the first 200 fans in the gate.
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