The eighth-ranked Texas A&M soccer team gave up its first goal of the season and trailed Oklahoma at halftime, but junior midfielder Grace Piper scored a pair of goals and junior forward Ally Watt added another to give the Aggies a 3-1 comeback victory Friday in front of 3,069 at Ellis Field.
A&M (5-0) opened the season with four straight shutouts, outscoring opponents 12-0, but OU’s Hailey Davidson ended that defensive streak with a goal off an assist from Kristina O’Donnell in the 42nd minute Friday.
OU (1-3-1) carried its 1-0 lead into the second half, but A&M erased it when Kendall Ritchie took a corner kick from Kendall Bates and served it into the box where Piper found it and tied the game with her first goal of the season.
“We haven’t been down all season, and for the team to come back and take control of the first two minutes in the second half is a pretty good indicator of what this team can do,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “They can turn it on when they need to turn it on.”
A&M took the lead 10 minutes later when freshman forward Asdis Halldorsdottir attempted to score on a header off a Ritchie corner kick. OU goalkeeper McKinley Crone knocked away the ball but sent it back into play, and Piper again pounced on it for her second goal of the season and a 2-1 Aggie lead.
“It was a frustrating first half, and just to be able to go into the locker room and regroup, I really think it said a lot about the team,” Piper said. “Those were really team goals. They really didn’t come from one person. It was just sort of a fight in there, so it was really relieving to score, and it took a lot of pressure off of us.”
Piper also assisted Watt’s goal in the 64th minute, sending the ball into the 6-yard box with Watt heading it in for her fifth goal of the season.
Aggie keeper Cosette Morche (5-0) made four saves to earn the win. McKinley (1-3-1) made nine saves for OU.
A&M outshot OU 30-13 and put 12 shots on frame to five by the Sooners.
A&M will host No. 9 Santa Clara (4-0) at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ellis Field. Santa Clara shut out Kansas State 2-0 at home Thursday.