First Round of Bedlam Kicks off Friday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 25, 2011

Aug. 25, 2011

OU (1-1) at OSU (2-0) and vs. SMU (1-1)
 Game 3 vs. OSU  Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Stillwater, Okla. | Cowgirl Soccer Complex
 TV  Cox Channel 3 (703 HD) in OKC and Tulsa
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game 4 vs. SMU  Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Promos/Tickets  T-shirts, tote bags & more | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats
 2011 Preview  Part One | Part Two | Q&A with Coach Nelson
 Additional Info  2011 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter
NORMAN, Okla. -- The non-conference edition of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday. Aug. 26 at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in Stillwater, Okla. OU (1-1) is coming off an opening-weekend split that featured a 5-0 win over UAB and a 3-1 loss to Tennessee. No. 6 Oklahoma State went undefeated in the first weekend with wins over TCU (1-0) and UAB (4-1).

Friday’s game will be televised live by the Cowboys’ Sports Network on Cox Ch. 3 (703 HD) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Chad McKee (Ch. 9 in OKC) will provide the play-by-play while former Cowgirl, Yolanda Odenyo, will be on color analysis. OU and OSU will meet later in the season on Sept. 30 in Norman for a Big 12 contest.

The Cowgirls return 10 starters from the 2010 team that won the Big 12 tournament title and finished 20-4-2 after making an appearance in the Elite Eight. OSU finished second in the Big 12 standings a year ago with an 8-2 mark and were picked to win the conference in 2011.

OSU owns a 14-2-2 advantage in the series after winning both regular series meetings in 2010 and coming out on top in penalty kicks at the title game of the Big 12 Championship. OU has not recorded a victory in the last eight meetings, but 13 of the contests have been decided by one goal or less. The Sooners’ two wins in the Bedlam Series came in 2005 (Stillwater) and 2001 (Norman) and they played in a scoreless tie in Stillwater in 2003 and lost in penalty kicks in the 2010 Big 12 Championship.

Game 4 | vs. SMU
On Sunday, Aug. 28, Oklahoma welcomes SMU to Norman for the first meeting in the series since 2004. The Sooners and Mustangs are slated for a 7 p.m. start time on Sunday at the OU Soccer Complex. SMU (1-1) began the 2011 campaign with a 2-1 loss at Arkansas, but rebounded at home with a 2-1 victory over Stephen F. Austin. SMU hosts Texas San Antonio on Friday night.

Nine starters return from the 2010 SMU team that posted a fourth-place finish in Conference USA with a 6-4-1 mark (11-7-4 overall). SMU was picked to finish sixth in the 2011 conference’s preseason poll.

The Sooners are 2-3-1 all-time against SMU after the last meeting in 2004 ended in a 2-2 tie at the OU Soccer Complex. In each of the five meetings prior to the tie, the game was decided by one goal. OU is 1-1-1 against SMU in Norman.

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on

Player to Watch - #9 Dria Hampton | Jr. | MF | Piedmont, Okla.
The junior midfielder leads OU with three points after tallying a goal and an assist during the opening weekend of 2011. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in points after two games. Hampton scored the ninth goal of her career in the 5-0 win over UAB on Friday and then assisted on OU’s lone goal (the 10th of her career) in the 3-1 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.
2011 Stats: Two games played (two starts), one goal, one assist

Aug. 24, 2011 | Video: Sooners Talk Bedlam
The Sooners took time Wednesday morning after practice to meet with members of the media and to discuss Friday's game at Oklahoma State. The contest will be televised live on Cox Ch. 3 (703 HD) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Watch the video below to listen to OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson and junior Caitlin Mooney talk about the rivalry.

Upcoming Promotions and Giveaways
Sunday, Aug. 28 vs. SMU - 7 p.m.
250 free tote bags, 250 free t-shirts for OU students, halftime performance by the Pride of Oklahoma and inflatable games for kids.

Friday, Sept. 2 vs. ORU - 7 p.m.
$4 admission when you present your OU vs. Tulsa football tickets. Friday night fireworks. 250 free koozies, 250 free wristbands for Sooner Kids Club Members, free face painting, balloons and inflatable games for kids.

Sunday, Sept. 4 vs. Missouri State - 7 p.m.
$4 admission when you present your OU vs. Tulsa football tickets. 1,000 free crimson and white leis. Inflatable games for kids.

Saturday, Sept. 17 vs. BYU - 7 p.m.
$.50 hot dogs and cokes while supplies last. Inflatable games for kids.

Next Week
The Sooners remain home to conclude a stretch that includes five of the first six games of the season played in Norman (all six in the state of Oklahoma). On Friday, Sept. 2, OU welcomes Oral Roberts to John Crain Field for a 7 p.m. game. The Sooners won the last meeting in the series, 2-0, in 2009 at home. OU leads ORU 10-2 overall in the series that began in 1997.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, OU looks to avenge a 2010 loss at Missouri State when the Bears arrive for a 7 p.m. game. The Sooners won the first three meetings with Missouri State prior to the 2010 defeat in Springfield.

Impressive Opener
OU is 7-3-1 in the last 11 season openers after the 5-0 win over UAB on Aug. 19. OU dropped last year’s game at Oklahoma State, a non-conference affair. The other two defeats in that span came in 2008 at Colorado College (L, 3-1) and in 2006 at Washington (L, 1-0). The tie occurred in 2004 against Saint Louis in Norman. The last time OU opened a regular season slate at home was in 2009, a 3-0 win over Missouri State. The Sooners are 8-7-1 overall in season openers and 4-0-1 when beginning a campaign at home.

Six Goals in Two Games
One week into the season and OU leads the Big 12 Conference with six goals and 16 points. Six different Sooners have found the back of the net so far in 2011, including the five that scored in the 5-0 win over UAB in the opener. The last time OU had that many different scorers in a game was last season during an 8-0 win over Alabama A&M. OU had seven different scorers in that game as Michelle Alexander posted a two-goal performance.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She followed up that stellar debut with six more shutouts in 2010. She ranks third all-time at OU with 13 career shutouts after blanking UAB in the 2011 season opener. She also ranks third all-time at OU with 215 saves (trails Jennifer Nichols with 303).

Mooney Named Preseason All-Big 12
For the third straight season, a member of the Sooner soccer team was selected by the Big 12 coaches’ as a preseason honoree. Junior Caitlin Mooney was named one of the team’s forwards on Aug. 11, a year after she selected as part of the All-Big 12 Newcomer team. Whitney Palmer, OU’s all-time leading scorer, appeared on the preseason squad in 2010 and 2009.

In 2010, Mooney finished second on the team in scoring with seven goals and three assists. It marked her first season in Norman after transferring from Maryland. The Edmond, Okla., native helped lead the Terrapins to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009 as a true freshman with four goals scored and an assist.

Tough Competition
Once again in 2011, the Sooners face a challenging non-conference schedule before play in the always competitive Big 12 begins. Overall, the Sooners will play seven games against six teams (twice against Oklahoma State) that were also in the 2010 postseason field of 64. In addition, OU faces 12 games against teams with 10-plus wins a year ago.

Home Game Set for ESPNU Broadcast
The University of Oklahoma soccer program was selected as one of two sites for ESPNU’s television coverage during the 2011 season, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday. The ESPNU package features the Sooners’ home contest versus Missouri on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. It marks the first home contest to be televised from John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.

National Team Experience a Plenty
The 2011 roster features five Sooners with national team experience. The USA members include sophomores Zoe Dickson and Carrie Whigham, and juniors Dria Hampton and Caitlin Mooney. Katharine Nutman hails from England’s national team.

In addition, Nicole Nelson served as the head coach of the U.S. Soccer Region III team.

Preseason Big 12 Poll
Oklahoma State is the top squad in the 2011 Big 12 preseason soccer poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches. OSU received six first-place votes to secure the top spot over Texas A&M, which tallied three first-place nods.

Rank, Team Points
1. Oklahoma State (6) 62
2. Texas A&M (3) 59
3. Missouri 44
4. Texas 43
5. Texas Tech 36
6. Oklahoma 33
7. Baylor 16
8. Kansas 16
9. Iowa State 15





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