NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma forward Renae Cuellar put home the game’s only goal to give the Sooners a 1-0 win against No. 3 Oklahoma State on Friday.
The win was the first for Oklahoma (4-2-1) over Oklahoma State (6-1) in the last 11 games of the series, with its last victory coming in a 3-2 decision in 2005.
“We obviously defended very well,” OU head coach Matt Potter said. “We knew if we found an outlet [on the offensive end] we could put something together. It all came together tonight.”
A record crowd of 2,475 fans crammed the stands and watched Cuellar make a run right through the middle of the Oklahoma State defense, sending a shot from the top of the box into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The goal was Cuellar’s team-leading fifth of the season and it led to the highest-ranked opponent defeat in program history, topping their victory against No. 6 Texas A&M in the 2010 Big 12 semifinals.
Oklahoma senior goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire notched her first shutout of the season (15th of career) on six saves and gave OSU its first blanking of 2012. The last time OU shut out OSU was in 2003 in a scoreless tie.
“It means a lot,” said Devonshire on the win. “It means we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to build off. We know we can beat a top-ranked team. It was an awesome win.”