Soccer Ready to Open Big 12 Championship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 02, 2010

Nov. 2, 2010

2010 Big 12 Championship - Nov. 3-7
 Quarterfinal vs. Texas  Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.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 (10-7-2, 5-4-1 Big 12) posted a 6-3-1 mark to close out the regular season and opens the 2010 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 3 against No. 5 seed Texas (11-4-4, 4-3-3).

The quarterfinal game gets underway at 11:30 a.m. at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. Oklahoma is seeded fourth in the single-elimination tournament after recording its best-ever finish in the Big 12. The winner of the game will face the winner of No. 1 Texas A&M and No. 8 Colorado at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

No. 25 Texas started Big 12 play with a 1-2-2 mark, but finished the second half of the conference slate with a 3-1-1 mark.
In their last outing, the Longhorns tied Texas A&M to close out the regular season on Oct. 29 with a 1-1 decision.

OU is 6-8-1 all-time against Texas after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 double overtime victory on Oct. 24, 2010 in Austin. OU is 1-0 all-time in the postseason against Texas. The Sooners made their first Big 12 postseason appearance in 2000 against the Longhorns and recorded a 2-0 victory, marking the second victory of that campaign over Texas.

The Texas offense is led by junior Kylie Doniak, who has a team-high six goals, nine assists and 21 points. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Gaul is tied for the Big 12 lead with eight shutouts and ranks fourth with a 0.89 goals-against average.

Big 12 Championship History
OU is making its sixth appearance in the Big 12 Championship and first since 2006. The Sooners are 0-5 since winning their first postseason berth against Texas in 2000. Texas A&M knocked off the Sooners in the semifinal round in 2000.

2000 Texas - W, 2-0
2000 Texas A&M - L, 1-0

2001 Texas A&M - L, 1-0 (OT)
2003 No. 21 Kansas - L, 1-0
2005 No. 23 Colorado - L, 2-0
2006 Oklahoma State - L, 2-1

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats throughout the tournament on and a live webcast will be available on Nov. 3 and 5. The final game of the Big 12 Championship will be aired live on Fox Sports Net Southwest at noon on Nov. 7.

Player to Watch - #4 Caitlin Mooney | So. | F | Edmond, Okla. (Maryland)
The sophomore transfer will be making her first career postseason start, despite being the only Sooner on the roster to play in a postseason game. In 2009, Mooney played in one game in the ACC Tournament and three in the NCAA Tournament with one goal scored. Mooney is second on the Sooners’ 2010 roster with six goals.
2010 Stats: 19 games played, 18 starts, six goals, two assists and 30 shots (18 SOG)

Texas Series
Texas leads 8-6-1
Oct. 24, 2010, @ Austin, Texas - OU 2, UT 1 (2OT)
Sept. 25, 2009, @ Norman, Okla. - UT 2, OU 1
Oct. 17, 2008, @ Austin, Texas. - UT 4, OU 0
Oct. 28, 2007, @ Norman, Okla. - UT 4, OU 0
Oct. 1, 2006, @ Austin, Texas - OU 3, UT 3 (2OT)
Sept. 25, 2005, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 0
Oct. 1, 2004, @ Austin, Texas. - UT 1, OU 0
Sept. 28, 2003, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 1
Oct. 18, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - UT 3, OU 0
Oct. 28, 2001, @ Austin, Texas. - UT 3, OU 1
Nov. 1, 2000, @ San Antonio, Texas - OU 2, UT 0
Oct. 22, 2000, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 0
Aug. 27, 1999, @ Austin, Texas - UT 1, OU 0
Oct. 30, 1998, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 0
Sept. 26, 1997, @ Austin, Texas - UT 9, OU 0

Last Time Out
Oklahoma dropped a 2-0 decision to Bedlam rival Oklahoma State on Oct. 29. The No. 11 Cowgirls swept the season series, winning both the season opener in Stillwater and the season finale in Norman. OSU tallied a goal in each half and came out with the victory, its seventh straight in the series, despite trailing the overall shot count, 15-14.

Nelson, Palmer and Mooney Honored | Full Release
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.

The 34 goals in 2010 is just one of several categories the Sooners have improved in each of Nelson's three years at the helm. Click here to get a more detailed look at those statistical improvements.

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 80 points. Below is a look at where Palmer ranks in OU history:

Career Marks
1st with 37 goals
1st with 80 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 10 games, OU has found the back of the net on 23 occasions, a 2.3 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 9-2-1 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 seven of the last 10 games with a 6-3-1 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
Fourteen of the 19 games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 8-4-2 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.




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