Soccer Hosts Tigers Sunday at 1 p.m.

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 03, 2010

Sept. 3, 2010

Soccer (2-1) vs. Colorado College (1-1)
 Game 4  Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Promos/Tickets  Stadium Cups, free popcorn and coke | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (2-1) will host Colorado College (1-1) at the OU Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m.

Oklahoma has won its last two games since dropping the season opener at then-No. 19 Oklahoma State on Aug. 20. The Sooners rebounded with a pair of one-goal wins at Tulsa (1-0) and at home against Stephen F. Austin (2-1) last weekend.

The Sooners and Tigers last met in 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colo., head coach Nicole Nelson’s first season at Oklahoma. Colorado College won that meeting 3-1 and owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series. The Tigers won the first meeting in the series during the 2000 campaign, a 2-1 double overtime in Albuquerque, N.M.

Colorado College opened the 2010 slate at home last weekend and topped Dayton, 1-0, in overtime and lost 3-1 to Boise State. Senior forward Tiffany Brown scored one of the Tigers’ goals last weekend. The preseason All-Conference USA pick has led the team in scoring two out of the last three years and ranks in the top eight in program history in career goals (24) and points (60).

The Tigers return 12 letterwinners and six starters from the 2009 team that finished 12-6 overall. CC is entering its fifth year of competition in Conference USA and posted a second-place finish in 2009 with an 8-2-1 record. The Tigers are in their 26th year of playing Division I women’s soccer. They played for the 1986 and 1989 National Championships and have not finished worse than fourth in the Conference USA standings since 2006.

- FREE Stadium Cups to the first 250 fans in attendance
- One FREE popcorn and small coke
- Schedule cards and posters available
- Post-game autographs with players

Purchase Soccer Tickets:
John Crain Field Seating Chart
Purchase Online
Call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free (800) 456-GoOU

Single-Game Ticket Prices
$8 - Adults
$5 - Youth, Senior Citizens

Season Ticket Prices
$40 - General Public
$32 - Faculty/Staff & Letterwinners

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for Sunday’s game with a link via the schedule page on In addition, a live webcast will be available for Sunday’s game on Oklahoma All-Access,’s premium site.

Player to Watch - #4 Caitlin Mooney, Sophomore, F | Edmond, Okla.
The sophomore forward is one of three Sooners, all newcomers, to score a goal in 2010. Mooney tallied the game-winning goal against Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 29 during OU’s 2-1 home-opening win. Mooney also shined in her unofficial debut with a hat trick in an exhibition game against Northern Colorado on Aug. 13.
2010 Stats: 3 starts, one goal (game winner), two shots

OU vs. Colorado College Series
CC leads 2-0
Aug. 22, 2008, @ Colorado Springs, Colo. CC 3, OU 1
Sept. 3, 2000, @ Albuquerque, N.M. CC 2, OU 1 (2OT)

Last Time Out
The Sooners laced together a pair of victories over the weekend starting with Friday’s 1-0 win at Tulsa. Freshman Samantha Howell was responsible for the lone goal scored in the contest, marking a career first for the Colleyville, Texas, native. On Sunday, OU took a 1-0 lead in the first half thanks to freshman Annalisa Hall’s goal. Shortly after Stephen F. Austin tied the game at one in the 46th minute, sophomore Caitlin Mooney gave OU a 2-1 victory during the home opener.

Next Weekend
The Sooners return to the road for a night game at Missouri State on Friday, Sept. 10. OU topped Missouri State, 3-0, at home in the 2009 season opener. On Sunday, Sept. 12, OU returns home to host Rice at 1 p.m. Rice won the only other series meeting, 1-0, during the 2008 campaign in Norman.

Home Openers
OU is 9-5-1 all-time in home openers, including a 2-1 mark under head coach Nicole Nelson. The Sooners won last year’s installment 3-0 over Missouri State and are 7-2-1 in the last 10 home openers. In addition, OU has outscored the opposition 37-3 in the nine wins during home openers.

One-Goal Games
Each of the Sooners’ three games in 2010 have been decided by one goal with OU holding a 2-1 record. Oklahoma was 2-4-2 in games played in 2009 decided by one goal or less.

Staying Close to Home
Despite featuring just two home games, the Sooners won’t leave the state for a road game until next weekend at Missouri State. OU’s first two games were road contests but at Oklahoma State (Stillwater, Okla.) and at Tulsa.

20 Deep?
OU showcased what is probably Nicole Nelson’s deepest squad in the season opener at then-No. 19 OSU. Twenty players saw time in the season opener, including eight freshmen. Caitlin Mooney (sophomore) and Carrie Whigham (freshman) were the only two newcomers to start the game. In 2009, 22 players saw time on the field. In 2008, Nelson played 18 different Sooners.
Newcomers Making their Mark
Nine newcomers (eight true freshmen) have logged minutes out of the 21 players to see the field in 2010, including five starters.

In addition, each of OU’s three goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including two from freshmen. Samantha Howell, a freshman midfielder, tallied the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory at Tulsa and freshman Annalisa Hall put OU on the board first on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin in the home opener. After SFA tied the game early in the second half, sophomore transfer Caitlin Mooney (Maryland)netted the game-winner.

Palmer Climbing OU Charts
Palmer already is among the program’s most prolific goal scorers in OU history, currently ranking in the top five of 11 different offensive categories, including second place with 29 career goals. In 2009 against Tulsa, she became just the second player in school history to record a hat trick.

Below is a look at her OU records:

Career Records
2nd with 29 goals
3rd with 62 points
T-4th with six game-winning goals
5th with 162 shots

Single Season Records
1st with 15 goals in 2009
1st with 32 points in 2009
4th with eight goals in 2008
10th with 16 points in 2008
T-3rd with four game winners in 2007

Misc. Records
T-1st with three goals in a game
T-1st with goals in four consecutive games
T-1st with two assists in one game

Palmer Named Preseason All-Big 12
OU senior forward Whitney Palmer was named to the 2010 All-Big 12 soccer preseason team as voted on by the conference’s coaches. The Plano, Texas, native is the first Sooner to be selected to the preseason team twice in her career after appearing on the list last season.

In 2009, Palmer became the first player in program history to lead the team outright in goals scored in three consecutive seasons after finishing the year with a school-record 15 scores. That total ranked 12th nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference.

Palmer Up for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Senior forward Whitney Palmer was one of 30 NCAA women’s soccer candidates included on the Aug. 18 listing for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. A two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree and member of the President and Dean’s Honor Roll, Palmer has excelled on the field and holds five OU records and ranks second all-time with 29 goals.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She has started all 22 games and played every minute in goal since stepping foot on campus. Devonshire recorded her seventh career shutout last Friday at Tulsa and ranks fourth all-time for shutouts in a career at OU. Below is a look at the players listed above her:

1 - Catharine Wade (2001-04) 18
2 - Jennifer Nichols (2004-07) 16
3 - Jana Cunningham (1999-2002) 11
4 - Kelsey Devonshire (2009-present) 7



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