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The Sooners crushed the visiting Central Arkansas Bears at John Crain Field, shutting out UCA to the tune of a 5-0 victory. Oklahoma (4-1-1) dominated the stat sheet, holding commanding advantages over the Bears (3-2-1) in shots (23-1), shots on goal (11-1) and corners (5-0). OU's five goals were its most in a single match since 2011 vs. UAB.
With a 4-1-1 overall record, Oklahoma is off to its best start through six matches since 2009. Even more impressively, the Sooners are 2-1 against opponents ranked in at least one top 25 poll this season.
OU opened with immediate and suffocating pressure against the Bears, picking off every offensive effort and firing nine shots within the first 20 minutes of play. The Sooners finally struck in the 20th minute when Caren Nelson pushed in an attempt on UCA goalkeeper Anna Hughes, and Shiloh Price nudged the ball over the line for her first goal of the season.
It only took nine minutes for Oklahoma to find the goal again. Laura Rayfield sent in a free kick from the right side and true freshman defender Madeline Brem made the connection. Brem's header soared into the net from the middle of the box for a 2-0 Sooner lead.
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A Sooner sub put another goal on the board as time ticked off the clock in the first half. Rasha Roberts entered the game and made her presence known almost immediately. Devin Barrett fed in a pass to Roberts and the freshman fired in a hard strike from the edge of the box that shot past Hughes, sending OU into halftime with a commanding 3-0 lead.
The OU coaching staff used the opportunity to find playing time for its considerably deep roster in the second half, with 26 players seeing time on the field throughout the match. The Sooners continued to pressure the UCA defense throughout the second half, but several shots flew wide or missed the target to keep OU from extending its lead.
Oklahoma added its fourth goal in the 83rd minute when Barrett drove down the left side of the field, eluding defenders right and left to fire in her second goal of the season. Chelsea Jackson took the assist on the play.
OU took advantage of a frazzled Bear defense to tack on its fifth and final goal of the match under a minute later. Brem struck again for the Sooners, sending in her second goal of the afternoon on a strike from 15 yards out off an assist from classmate Tori Bowman. The score of 5-0 would stand as the final tally from the match.
Oklahoma has outscored its opponents 13-4 through its first six matches of 2014. Sunday's shutout of UCA was its second this season.
Oklahoma begins a two-week stretch of away matches next weekend, traveling to North Texas and Tulsa. The Sooners will face the Mean Green on Friday night at 7 p.m. before facing the Golden Hurricane on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. OU is undefeated on the road this season.
|Shots on Goal||11||1|
|OU: Shiloh Price||Caren Nelson||20:13|
|OU: Madeline Brem||Laura Rayfield||29:04|
|OU: Rasha Roberts||Devin Barrett||39:21|
|OU: Devin Barrett||Chelsea Jackson||83:40|
|OU: Madeline Brem||Tori Bowman||84:05|
|OU: Kaitlyn Fahrner||59:57||0||1|
|OU: Kassidie Stade||30:03||0||0|
|UCA: Anna Hughes||90:00||5||6|
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