Bedlam Soccer Hits Norman Friday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 30, 2008
Sooner Soccer (3-14-1, 2-6-1 Big 12)
 Game 19  vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (15-1-2, 6-1-2)
 Date/Time  Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. 
 Location  Norman, Okla.  |  John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)
 Internet  Live Stats and web cast
 Promotions  Senior Night, Halloween Costume Contest and more ...
 Tickets  Call or Purchase Online
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF) | 2008 Media Guide

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team (3-14-1 overall, 2-6-1 Big 12) has one game remaining in the regular season and after going 2-2-1 in the last five contests, the Sooners find themselves in a position to earn a possible bid to the Big 12 Championship. 

Oklahoma needs one more win to secure the eighth and final spot in next week's Big 12 Championship in San Antonio.

The finale is slated against in-state rival No. 9 Oklahoma State (15-1-2, 6-1-2).    The Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, is set for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Oct. 31 at John Crain Field in Norman.

The Cowgirls started the season with a 9-0 record and the only blemish on the 2008 slate is a 2-1 loss at Texas A&M, another top ten team.  OSU won both of its games last weekend (7-0 vs. Iowa State and 2-1 vs. Nebraska) at home and enter Friday's game in search of a win to clinch its first Big 12 regular season crown.

OSU was picked to finish fourth in the preseason Big 12 coaches' poll and currently is tied for second place with Colorado in the standings.  The Cowgirls return 18 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2007  team that was 14-6-3 overall and 5-4-1 in Big 12 play (6th).  OSU lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Senior Yolanda Odenyo is the Big 12's leader in goals (15) and points (34) and is one of six Cowgirls on the roster with five or more goals scored this season.

OSU leads the all-time series 10-2-1 and has won the last three meetings.  The Cowgirls topped the Sooners, 2-0, last season in Stillwater and won the last meeting in Norman, 2-1, during the 2006 season.  OSU is 4-1 when the rivalry is contested in Norman. 

The 2008 seniors, Katie Corbitt and Traci Dickenson, will be honored prior to the game on Friday. There will also be a Halloween costume contest in which OU Fans of all ages are encouraged to come dressed up for the chance to win prizes.  The prizes include OU memorabilia, a free Sooner Kids Club membership, gift cards and more. In addition, kids can trick or treat before the game and the players and coaches will be available to sign autographs following the game.

For tickets, call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free: (800) 456-GoOU the link above in the information box.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.  Group ticket rates are also available for 10 or more people at $3 a ticket.

Fans can follow the action live from Norman this weekend on with live stats and a live web cast on Friday.  Click the links above in the quick info box on game day to access the action.  The web cast is available through Oklahoma All-Access and requires a subscription.

Friday's contest marks the fifth time in the last eight years that a loss will eliminate one of the rivals from the conference tournament.  OU and OSU have split the four previous meetings, Click here to learn more about Bedlam's postseason implications over the years.

The Sooners' 2008 seniors will be honored prior to the game.  Corbitt is a four-year starter for the OU defense and ranks in the top ten in career starts and games played at OU.  Dickenson, also an OU softball player, has started the last six games in goal and has helped the Sooners record two key conference wins to keep their season alive for a postseason berth.

PRACTICE VIDEO - Oct. 29, 2008
OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson and select members of the Sooner soccer team met with the local media after practice on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming game with OSU.

Video Coach Nelson talks about the players' preparation this week
Video Senior Katie Corbitt talks about the importance of Friday's game
Video Sophomore Whitney Palmer on salvaging the season with Friday's rivalry
Video Coach Nelson discusses Palmer's success in 2008

Sophomore defender Claire West was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District VI third team on Thursday as announced by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The awards mark the sixth consecutive season that at least one OU soccer player was named to the Academic All-District team. West, a journalism major, has played in 17 games this season and started the last nine games for the Sooners' defense.  West made her first career start earlier this season at home on Sept. 19 against LSU after seeing time in three games as a freshman.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

The Sooners have recorded a 2-2-1 record in the last five games after starting off the year with a 1-12 mark.  OU has improved on both sides of the ball down the stretch.  Offensively, the Sooners have recorded 33 percent of their goals on the season in the last five contests.  In addition, 39 percent of the season's shots and 37 percent of the season's corner kicks have come in the last five games.  Defensively, OU is allowing 1.34 goals per game in the last five compared to 2.74 in the first 13.

Five of the Sooners' defeats this season have been decided by one goal.  OU is 3-5 in one-goal games this season, with two of those losses played in extra time.  OU fell 3-2 in overtime at North Texas and suffered a 2-1 decision at Texas Tech in double overtime.  The Sooners also dropped one-goal games to Rice, 1-0, at home, at Ole Miss, 2-1 and at home against Nebraska, 1-0.

Sophomore Whitney Palmer moved into a tie for sixth place all-time in career goals scored at OU on Oct. 26 vs. Iowa State.  The goal against the Cyclones also moved Palmer into a tie for the third place on the single-season goals scored list with eight.  Logan Womack tops that list with 13 (2001) and Krissy Dawson is second with nine scored in

The Sooners are 0-9-1 in their last 10 games against ranked competition, with nine of those contests against Big 12 competition (lost 4-0 to then-No. 11 LSU on Sept. 19).  In that span, OU tied then-No. 10 Texas on the road on Oct. 1, 2006.  OU's last win against a ranked opponent was also against Texas when the Sooners topped the No. 21 Longhorns, 2-0, on Sept. 25, 2005 in Norman.

Senior captain Katie Corbitt has played in more games (74) than any other Sooner on the 2008 roster.  Friday's game will mark the Highland Village, Texas, native's 54th consecutive start in a Sooner uniform.  Corbitt's 74 games played ranks and 63 career starts both rank ninth all-time in the Sooners' record books.  Click here to read a feature on Corbitt on

Senior Traci Dickenson's start on Oct. 10 against Missouri was the 15th of her career but the first minding the Sooners' goal.  Since OU switched to Dickenson, it is 2-3-1 and the Sooners' defense recorded its only shutout of the season against Baylor on Oct. 19.  Dickenson, a two-time All-Big 12 infielder for the OU softball team, has 24 saves and a 1.29 goals-against average in her six starts as the Sooners' goalkeeper.



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