August 13, 2010

Bears fall to Oklahoma in first exhibition game

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NORMAN, Okla. – In its first tune-up for the upcoming regular season, the Northern Colorado women’s soccer squad suffered a 6-1 exhibition loss at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Already faced with the imposing task of taking down one of the Big 12’s top teams, the Bears were not helped by the sweltering heat of Norman, with temperatures reading 105 degrees at kick-off.

The Sooners quickly got on the scoreboard first, with Dria Hampton scoring in just the 13th minute on a free kick. The Bears held their own for the remainder of the first half, keeping the score at 1-0. Five minutes into the second half however, Oklahoma’s Whitney Palmer put home a ricocheted shot for the Sooner’s second goal of the game.

Northern Colorado quickly countered after Ariel Cook connected on a long shot that got past goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire in the 55th minute. After that point, though, Oklahoma took control of the game with four straight goals, three of which were scored by Caitlin Mooney.

As the game began to slip away from the frustrated Bears, junior midfielder Kimmie Feidler was booked for a red-card and ejected from the game in the 75th minute.

Although the final score was lopsided, the Bears come away from the loss with a strong first-half performance against a much larger program.

On August 16, the Bears will come home to play their last preseason game against Regis before beginning regular-season play on August 21 at Jackson Field against Air Force.