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Soccer to Face No. 6 Texas A&M in Semifinal
November 04, 2010

Nov. 4, 2010



2010 Big 12 Championship - Nov. 3-7
 Semifinal vs. Texas A&M  Friday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT
 Location  San Antonio, Texas | Blossom Soccer Stadium
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast
 Tickets  $7 single game | Bracket
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. --The Sooner soccer team (11-7-2, 5-4-1 Big 12) makes its second semifinal appearance in the Big 12 Championship on Friday, Nov. 5 against No. 1 seed Texas A&M (15-3-2, 8-1-1).

Oklahoma, 6-3-1 in the last 10 games, is seeded fourth in the single-elimination tournament and topped No. 21 Texas on Wednesday. Friday’s semifinal game gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The winner of the game will face the winner of No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 3 Nebraska at noon on Sunday, Nov. 7.

OU last advanced past the quarterfinal in 2000, when it also defeated Texas and faced the Aggies for a birth in the championship game. The Sooners dropped a 1-0 decision to Texas A&M in overtime that day.

Texas A&M advanced to Friday’s semis after topping Colorado in penalty kicks Wednesday night. The Aggies are riding an 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) since their last lost on Sept. 24 against Colorado. They have played in four overtime games in that span.
Senior Alyssa Mautz leads the Aggies’ offense in 2010 with 12 goals and 29 points (tied for third with five assists).

The Sooners broke a 14-game losing streak to the Aggies last season with a 3-1 win in Norman. The victory over the then-No. 13 Aggies was the first in the series for OU. Seven of the 16 meetings have been decided by one goal.

Big 12 Championship History
OU is making its sixth appearance in the Big 12 Championship and first since 2006. The Sooners and Aggies have squared off twice in the conference tournament. Below is a look at each of the Sooners’s Big 12 postseason games..

2000 Texas - W, 2-0 | No. 9 Texas A&M - L, 1-0
2001 No. 8 Texas A&M - L, 1-0 (OT)
2003 No. 21 Kansas - L, 1-0
2005 No. 23 Colorado - L, 2-0
2006 No. 7 Oklahoma State - L, 2-1
2010 No. 21 Texas - W, 1-0

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats throughout the tournament on Big12Sports.com and a live webcast will be available on Nov. 3 and 5.

Player to Watch - #9 Dria Hampton | So. | MF | Piedmont, Okla. (Piedmont, Okla.)
The sophomore midfielder has scored four of her five goals this season in the last eight games. She leads the team with four assists but her last helper came on Oct. 8 against Francis Marion. As a freshman, Hampton tallied 10 points off three goals and four assists.
2010 Stats: 20 games played, 20 starts, five goals, four assists and 48 shots (24 SOG)

Texas A&M Series
A&M leads 15-1
Oct. 22, 2010, @ College Station - A&M 2, OU 1 (2OT)
Sept. 27, 2009, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 3, A&M 1
Oct. 5, 2008, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 5, OU 0
Oct. 7, 2007, @ Norman, Okla. - A&M 1, OU 0
Sept. 29, 2006, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 6, OU 1
Oct. 14, 2005, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 6, OU 2
Oct. 3, 2004, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 2, OU 1
Sept. 26, 2003, @ Norman, Okla. - A&M 4, OU 1
Oct. 20, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - A&M 1, OU 0
Nov. 8, 2001, @ San Antonio, Texas - A&M 1, OU 0 (OT)
Oct. 26, 2001, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 2, OU 0
Nov. 3, 2000, @ San Antonio, Texas - A&M 1, OU 0
Oct. 20, 2000, @ Norman, Okla. - A&M 3, OU 1
Aug. 29, 1999, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 5, OU 0
Oct. 30, 1997, @ College Station, Texas - A&M 2, OU 1
Oct. 7, 1996, @ Norman, Okla. - A&M 4, OU 0

Last Time Out
The Sooners recorded their first victory in the Big 12 Championship since 2000 with a 1-0 win over No. 21 Texas. Sophomore Caitlin Mooney scored the game winner and sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire made seven saves for the shutout.

Nelson, Palmer and Mooney Honored
The All-Big 12 team was announced on Nov. 1 and three Sooners were honored. Head coach Nicole Nelson shared Coach of the Year honors with Colin Carmichael (Oklahoma State), her third such honor but first in the Big 12. Senior forward Whitney Palmer was named to the second team, her fourth consecutive All-Big 12 honor and a first by a Sooner. Sophomore Caitlin Mooney was selected to the newcomer team with six goals in her first season at OU after transferring from Maryland.

Sooners Picked 10th and Finish Fourth
The preseason Big 12 coaches’ poll tabbed OU to finish 10th this season and the Sooners enter the Big 12 Championship as the tournament’s No. 4 seed, the highest finish in school history.

Technically, OU posted the league’s third best conference record (5-4-1) along with Nebraska, a team the Sooners tied back on Oct. 14. However, the Huskers claimed the No. 3 seed via a Big 12 tiebreaker that uses goal differential.

Best Since 2005
OU finished the 2010 regular season with 10 wins, the fifth time it posted double-digit victories in a season (first since 2005). The Sooners also tied a school record with five Big 12 wins, a total also accomplished in 2005. In addition, OU currently has 34 goals, the third highest total in school history. The 2005 Sooners also had that record with 37 scored and are followed by the 2001 squad with 36.

Palmer Becomes OU’s All-Time Scorer
On Oct. 8, 2010 against Francis Marion, senior Whitney Palmer tied OU’s career goals record with 34. Two days later at Kansas, Palmer turned in her second straight one goal and one assist performance to move into sole possession of OU’s career goals mark and tied the career lead in points with 75. Logan Womack finished her career in 2003 with 34 goals and 75 points. Palmer currently has 37 goals and 81 points. Below is a look at where Palmer ranks in OU history:

Career Marks
1st with 37 goals
1st with 81 points
3rd with nine game-winning goals
T-3rd with 209 shots

Single Season Marks
1st with 15 goals in 2009
1st with 32 points in 2009
4th with eight goals in 2008 and 2010
7th with 19 points in 2010
T-3rd with four game winners in 2007

Misc. Records
Fastest goal in OU history (11 seconds)
T-1st with three goals in a game
T-1st with goals in four consecutive games
T-1st with two assists in one game

Offensive Explosion
Oklahoma started the season with 10 goals in the first nine contests, a 1.11 per game average. In the last 11 games, OU has found the back of the net on 24 occasions, a 2.2 goals per game average. Included in that span, was the 8-0 victory over Francis Marion, which tied a program record for most goals scored in a game (won 8-0 over Alabama A&M in 2007 and won 8-1 over Drury in 1997).

Striking First
The Sooners are 10-2-1 when scoring the game’s initial goal this season. On the other side, OU is 1-5 when the opponent strikes first. OU has scored first in eight of the last 11 games with a 7-3-1 record in that span, including its first victory when surrendering the game’s first goal (vs. Colorado). OU’s two losses when scoring first came at Texas A&M and at Missouri.

One-Goal Games
Fifteen of the 20 games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 9-4-2 record. The Sooners lead the Big 12 in one-goal wins. Oklahoma was 2-4-2 in games played in 2009 decided by one goal or less and 3-5-1 in head coach Nicole Nelson’s first season in 2008.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She has started all 39 games and played all but 113 minutes of those contests since stepping foot on campus. Devonshire has five shutouts in 2010 against Tulsa, Rice, UC Santa Barbara, Nebraska and Texas. Devonshire and the OU defense are the only Big 12 team to blank the Huskers in 2010. Following the quarterfinal win over Texas, she moved into third place all-time at OU with 11 career shutouts. Below is a look at the OU shutout leaders:

1 - Catharine Wade (2001-04) - 18
2 - Jennifer Nichols (2004-07) - 16
3 - Jana Cunningham (1999-2002) - 11
4 - Kelsey Devonshire (2009-present) - 11


 

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