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Soccer Ready for First Big 12 Road Challenge
September 30, 2010

Sept. 30, 2010


Soccer (5-4-1, 1-1 Big 12) at Iowa State (6-3-2, 1-0) and Missouri (3-4-2, 1-0)
 Game 11 vs. Baylor  Friday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Ames, Iowa. | ISU Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game 12 vs. Baylor  Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. CT
 Location  Columbia, Mo. | Audrey J. Walton Stadium
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (5-4-1, 1-1 Big 12) faces its first road challenge on the Big 12 slate on Friday, Oct. 1 against Iowa State. The conference road opener against the Cyclones (6-3-2, 1-0 Big 12) is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start at the ISU Soccer Complex in Ames.

OU is coming off a split last weekend at home. The Sooners started conference play with a 3-1 loss against Texas Tech on Friday, but bounced back with a 3-2 win over Baylor. OU has followed each of its four losses in 2010 with a victory in the next contest.

The Cyclones started off Big 12 play last weekend at home with a 2-0 win over Kansas. The victory came after ISU dropped three of the previous four contests, including last Friday’s game at South Dakota State, 2-1. Emily Goldstein and Brittany Morgan are the only Cyclones to score more than once in 2010 and lead the team with three goals and two goals, respectively. Iowa State returns eight starters from the 2009 team that finished 11th in the Big 12 standings with a 2-8 record (7-9-4 overall).

OU has won each of the last two meetings with the Cyclones, including the 2009 contest in Ames (1-0), but trails the all-time series at 8-4-2 with ISU. Last year’s victory was the Sooners first in Ames in eight chances (1-6-1). Ten of the 14 games in the series have been decided by one goal or less with ISU holding a 5-3-2 advantage, including five overtime games (ISU leads 2-1-2).

Game 12 | at Missouri
On Sunday, Oct. 3, the Sooners travel to Columbia, Mo., for a match-up with Missouri (3-4-2) at 1 p.m. The Tigers are 1-0 in Big 12 play after taking down Kansas, 4-1, in their lone match last weekend. Missouri hosts Oklahoma State Friday. Alysha Bonnick leads the Tiger offense with five goals, a mark that ranks fifth in the conference.

Missouri returns six starters from the 2009 team that won the regular season league title with a 7-1-2 mark (13-6-3 overall).

OU dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision to Missouri at home in 2009 and last topped the Tigers during the 2006 campaign, a 3-2 win in Norman. Missouri leads 8-4-1 overall, including a 3-2-1 edge in games played in Columbia. Seven of the 13 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and two teams have split those contests, including four overtime games (tied 2-2).

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. A live webcast is also available for Sunday’s game on mutigers.com (paid).

Player to Watch - #14 Emily Reid | Fr. | MF | McKinney, Texas (McKinney Boyd H.S.)
The freshman midfielder came off the bench in both conference games last weekend and recorded three points. Reid scored her first career goal in Friday’s loss to Texas Tech. On Sunday, Reid assisted on the Sooners’ second goal during the 3-2 win over Baylor. She is one of four freshmen to find the back of the net in 2010 for the Sooners.
2010 Stats: 10 games played, one goal, one assist, 11 shots (5 on goal)

Iowa State Series
Iowa State leads 8-4-2
Oct. 9, 2009, @ Ames, Iowa - OU 1, ISU 0
Oct. 26, 2008, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, ISU 1
Sept. 30, 2007, @ Ames, Iowa - ISU 2, OU 0
Oct. 8, 2006, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 4, ISU 0
Oct. 23, 2005, @ Ames, Iowa - ISU 3, OU 0
Oct. 15, 2004, @ Norman, Okla. - ISU 2, OU 1
Oct. 3, 2003, @ Ames, Iowa - OU 2, ISU 2 (2OT)
Oct. 6, 2002, @ Ames, Iowa - ISU 2, OU 1 (2OT)
Oct. 19, 2001, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 0, ISU 0 (2OT)
Oct. 13, 2000, @ Ames, Iowa - ISU 3, OU 2 (2OT)
Oct. 24, 1999, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 1, ISU 0 (OT)
Oct. 25, 1998, @ Ames, Iowa - ISU 1, OU 0
Oct. 24, 1997, @ Norman, Okla. - ISU 4, OU 2
Sept. 20, 1996, @ Ames, Iowa - ISU 1, OU 0

Missouri Series
Missouri leads 8-4-1
Oct. 18, 2009, @ Norman, Okla. - MU 1, OU 0 (2OT)
Oct. 10, 2008, @ Norman, Okla. - MU 2, OU 0
Oct. 12, 2007, @ Columbia, Mo. - MU 3, OU 0
Oct. 6, 2006, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 3, MU 2
Oct. 7, 2005, @ Columbia, Mo. - OU 1, MU 1 (2OT)
Sept. 24, 2004, @ Norman, Okla. - MU 2, OU 1 (2OT)
Oct. 5, 2003, @ Columbia, Mo. - OU 2, MU 1 (OT)
Oct. 11, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, MU 0
Sept. 30, 2001, @ Columbia, Mo. - OU 2, MU 1
Sept. 24, 2000, @ Norman, Okla. - MU 1, OU 0
Oct. 8, 1999, @ Columbia, Mo. - MU 2, OU 0
Oct. 9, 1998, @ Norman, Okla. - MU 5, OU 1
Oct. 19, 1997, @ Columbia, Mo. - MU 2, OU 0

Last Time Out
The Sooners split the opening weekend of Big 12 play at home. OU started conference play with a 3-1 defeat against Texas Tech in Norman on Friday. Freshman Emily Reid scored her first career goal in the loss. On Sunday, the Sooners rebounded to record a 3-2 victory over Baylor. Junior Kelsey Kraft scored twice in a three-minute span to give OU a 2-0 halftime lead.

Next Weekend
OU plays one more non-conference game next weekend when Francis Marion visits Norman on Friday, Oct. 8 for a 7 p.m. game. It marks the first meeting in the series with the Patriots.
On Sunday, Oct. 10, OU returns to Big 12 play at Kansas for a 1 p.m. contest. The Jayhawks won a 2-1 decision in Norman last season and lead the all-time series 9-4-1, including a 5-2 advantage in Lawrence, Kan.

One-Goal Games
Eight of the 10 games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 5-2-1 record. The Sooners have already surpassed the win total from a year ago in those decisive games and lead the Big 12 in wins in that category. 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 (2008).

Kraft’s Return
Junior Kelsey Kraft scored her first goal on Sept. 26, 2010 versus Baylor in over a year, when she netted the game-winner against then-No. 13 Texas A&M (Sept. 27, 2009). Kraft tore her ACL in practice the following week and missed the remainder of her sophomore campaign. She finished last Sunday with the first two-goal performance of her career after coming off the bench. The goals came three minutes apart from each other.

Palmer’s Hot Streaks
Following two goals vs. Missouri State and Rice, senior Whitney Palmer scored in three straight games for the fifth time in her career. Since starting the season scoreless after three contests, Palmer tallied a goal in each of the next three games. In 2009, she recorded two such streaks, each featuring five goals, and became the second Sooner in program history to score in four straight games (Lauren MacIver scored in four straight in 2005). Palmer started her career with four goals in three games played in 2007 and also had a three-game streak in 2008.

Palmer Surpasses 30; 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 32 career goals and 68 points. Below is a look at her OU records:

Career Records
2nd with 32 goals (two behind Logan Womack)
2nd with 68 points (seven behind Logan Womack)
T-3rd with seven game-winning goals
4th with 187 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

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. OU has averaged 19 players per game in 2010, including three other contests with 20 players used. Overall, 23 players have seen time on the field this season, including 10 newcomers.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She has started all 27 games and played all but 23 minutes of those contests since stepping foot on campus. Devonshire has three shutouts in 2010 against Tulsa, Rice and UC Santa Barbara. She ranks fourth all-time at OU with nine career shutouts. 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) 9

Newcomers Making their Mark
Ten newcomers (nine true freshmen) have logged minutes out of the 23 players to see the field in 2010, including seven starters. In addition, five out of OU’s nine goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including three from freshmen (Zoe Dickson, Annalisa Hall and Samantha Howell).Caitlin Mooney, a sophomore transfer from Maryland, has two goals, while senior Whitney Palmer (3) and sophomore Dria Hampton (1) round out the list.


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