Sooners Set for Big 12 Bedlam Showdown
Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. CT | Stillwater, Okla.
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NORMAN — Oklahoma heads to Oklahoma State for the second Bedlam battle of the season, slated for 7 p.m. CT on Friday in Stillwater, Okla.
BEDLAM, PART TWO
On Friday, in-state foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will square off for a second time in 2016. The match will stream for free on OKState.com. Earlier this season in Norman, OU snagged a 1-0 non-conference victory over the Cowgirls with a goal in the 81st minute from sophomore forward Kaylee Dao.
RECENT BEDLAM SUCCESS
Of OU’s seven wins in the Bedlam series, five have come under fifth-year head coach Matt Potter, including three in a row and four in the last five contests. A year ago, the Sooners swept the Cowgirls for the first time in program history (the schools have met twice a year since 2010) and will look to accomplish the feat again on Friday.
Away from Norman this season, the Sooners have won six matches, posting a 5-2-1 overall record in road games and a 1-0-0 mark in neutral site contests. From Sept. 4 - Sept. 18, OU tallied five straight victories, marking the first time the Sooners have ever won five consecutive matches away from John Crain Field. Additionally, the five true road wins tie the most in a single year for the Sooners (2004, 2010), and the six total away wins are one shy of the program record of seven (2010).
With a win at Iowa State on Sept. 30, the Sooners reached the 10-win threshold for the third straight season and eighth time in program history. Additionally, it was their third Big 12 win of 2016, matching their conference total for victories from a season ago. The last time OU won at least 10 matches in three-straight years was 2000, ‘01 and ‘02.
In the third NCAA Women’s RPI released this week, the Sooners checked in at No. 8, joining West Virginia (No. 2) as Big 12 teams within the top 10. The seven other conference squads also find themselves within the top 80 in Kansas (No. 23), Iowa State (No. 37), Texas Tech (No. 54), TCU (No. 55), Texas (No. 64), Baylor (No. 66) and Oklahoma State (No. 78).
So far this season, redshirt senior Kassidie Stade and the OU defense have tallied five shutouts, including two in Big 12 play. This brings Stade’s career total to 16, just two shy of the OU program record of 18.
20 YEARS OF OKLAHOMA SOCCER
This season, the Sooners are celebrating 20 years of the OU soccer program, which was founded in 1996.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
As a senior, midfielder Shiloh Price is enjoying the statistically best season of her career. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native has career highs in goals (three), game-winning goals (two), assists (five) and points (11).
LAST TIME OUT
OU fell to Baylor, 2-1, on Friday, Oct. 7 in Norman in a back-and-forth contest. The Bears jumped out to the early lead in the seventh minute, but the Sooners responded quickly as senior forward Liz Keester tallied the equalizer in the 10th minute. BU's game winner came in the 71st minute.
• Oklahoma State enters Friday's match with a 7-5-3 overall record, including a 2-2-1 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowgirls are riding a three-match unbeaten streak, picking up wins against Texas and at Texas Tech and drawing against Kansas.
• Fifteen different Cowgirls have scored this season, while 12 players have notched assists, led by senior forward Courtney Dike in both categories (eight points, six assists). Dike is also the Big 12's leading scorer with 22 points. Sophomore forward Haley Woodard has contributed five goals for the Cowgirls, while freshman midfielder Jaci Jones and sophomore forward Marlo Zoller both have four scores.
• The Cowgirls rank 11th nationally with 35 goals, just four behind NCAA leader Furman. They are 13th in points with 100, 17th in assists and 23rd in scoring offense at 2.33 goals per game.
• Junior Michaela Ongaro has played most of OSU’s minutes in goal (1318:56) and is tied for the Big 12 lead with 59 saves. She has allowed 20 goals this season and holds a 1.36 goals against average mark.
The Sooners next play at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 21, when they host Kansas for Senior Night in their 2016 home finale. OU then heads to Cal St. Northridge for a non-conference contest at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, Oct. 23, in Northridge, Calif.