Oct. 29, 2009
|Soccer (7-10-1, 2-7) vs. Baylor (8-5-4, 3-4-2)|
|Game 19||Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)|
|Promotions||Pack the Park, Senior Night, Free stocking capsmore|
|Tickets||Adults - $8, Children - $5 | Call or Purchase Online|
|Game Info||2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases|
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (7-10-1, 2-7-0 Big 12) conclude the regular season on Friday, Oct. 30 against Baylor (8-5-4, 3-4-2) at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field. OU was eliminated from the postseason following last Friday’s 3-0 defeat at Oklahoma State.
The Bears sit in eighth place in the conference standings after they started 0-2-1 in Big 12 play. Baylor has rebounded with three wins and a tie in their last six conference games. Last weekend, Baylor recorded a split with an overtime win at home against Kansas on Friday and a 1-0 loss at Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Baylor returns 19 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2008 team that finished 10th in the Big 12 standings with a 5-10-3 overall mark and 1-6-2 conference record.
Junior midfielder Lotto Smith leads the 2009 offense with eight goals and 18 points. Senior goalkeeper Gianna Quintana anchors the defense with a 0.94 goals-against average and three shutouts.
OU owns a 6-4-2 advantage in the series and has won six of the last seven meetings with Baylor, including the last two contests. Last year in Waco, the Sooners snuck away with a 1-0 win and also won the last meeting in Norman in 2007 with a 3-1 decision. In 12 all-time meetings, eight games have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 4-2-2 lead.
The Sooners recorded the program’s first Big 12 Conference win on Sept. 7, 1997 over the Bears. It also marked the first meeting in the series as OU defeated Baylor in Norman, 1-0. The Sooners started league play in 1997.
On the Web
Fans can follow Friday’s game on the web with links to live stats and a live webcast via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. The video can be accessed through Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com’s premium site.
On Friday, there are pre game Halloween activities for kids and a costume contest that also includes OU students. In addition, the first 500 fans will receive a free OU stocking cap and there will a ceremony prior to the game to honor OU’s three seniors (Ashlee Coleman, Ashley Farrand and Kate Marr). The trio has played in a combined 134 games at Oklahoma in the last four years.
Tickets on Sale
Single game tickets for the season finale are on sale. Gates open one hour prior to the game.
Please contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU for more information.
Single-Game Ticket Prices
$8 - Adults
$7 - Faculty/Staff
$5 - Youth, Senior Citizens & Letterwinners
Player to Watch - Ashley Farrand, Senior, F | Tulsa, Okla.
The senior captain will make a career best 13th start this evening and has not missed a game in her Sooner career, appearing in all 76 contests, the third most all-time at OU. The Tulsa, Okla., native is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member and her seven career assists ranks 10th all-time at Oklahoma.
2009 Season Stats: 18 games played, 1 goal, two assists, 4 points, 17 shots (8 on goal)
Last Time Out
The Sooners fell 3-0 in the Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, on Friday in Stillwater. OU trailed 1-0 at the half and OSU scored two late goals to put the game out of reach.
The one-goal games have plagued OU this season, including a pair of losses two weeks ago at home. OU is 2-4-1 in games decided by one goal or less in 2009 and five of those contests have fallen in Big 12 play where OU has two wins opposite three losses. OU was 3-5-1 in one-goal games in 2008.
While OU has played just one team ranked at the time of competition (3-2 win over then- No. 13 Texas A&M), eight other opponents have been ranked at some point this season. That includes this week as LSU (16), USC (18), Missouri (20) and Texas A&M (21) all appear in the polls. Other teams ranked this season include; Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas and Vanderbilt.
Palmer Ranks Top 10 in NCAA in Goals/Points
Heading into the 10th week of the season, Whitney Palmer has posted 15 goals, including scores in six of the last nine games (8 goals). What is even more impressive is that the 15 goals is tied for seventh in the country and is highest total for a Sooner in a single season (13 - Logan Womack – 2001). Her 32 points ranks 10th in the nation. Palmer already is among the program’s most prolific goal scorers in OU history as a junior, currently ranking in the top five of 11 different offensive categories, including second place with 29 career goals. Earlier this year against Tulsa, she became just the second player in school history to record a hat trick. Below is a look at her OU records:
2nd with 29 goals
3rd with 61 points
T-4th with 6 game-winning goals
5th with 162 shots
Single Season Records
1st with 15 goals in 2009
1st with 32 points in 2009
4th with 8 goals in 2008
10th with 16 points in 2008
T-3rd with four game winners in 2007
T-1st with three goals in a game
T-1st with goals in four consecutive games
T-1st with two assists in one game
2009 vs. 2008
In her second season at the helm, Nicole Nelson doubled the Sooners’ win total after 11 games from a year ago. In addition, at this point last season, OU was 3-14-1 after 18 games compared to the current 7-10-1 record.
Sooners in Big 12 Ranks
While Kelsey Devonshire leads the Big 12 lead with 99 saves and ranks second with five shutouts, Whitney Palmer can be found in more than one of the conference’s top 10 categories. Palmer leads the Big 12 with 41 shots on goal, ranks second in both goals scored (15) and points (32) and ranks fourth in shots (66). Refer to page five for a list of individuals, as well as team numbers, ranked in the Big 12.
Spreading the Wealth
Eight different Sooners have scored goals after 18 games, surpassing the amount of scorers (5) from a year ago. In addition, the group has nearly doubled the amount of goals scored in 2008 (14) with 26 scores. While Whitney Palmer leads the squad with 15 goals, Dria Hampton is second with three scores and Michelle Alexander and Kelsey Kraft rank third with two.
Thanks to the fans, the Sooners have recorded two top-10 attendance marks in 2009. On Sept. 25 vs. Texas, the fourth best crowd at the OU Soccer Complex was on hand with 1,150 fans. On Aug. 28 vs. ORU, the attendance was 814, eighth best all-time. After 10 games, OU is averaging 655 fans at home compared to the 451 average in 2008 (10 games).