Oct. 22, 2009
|Soccer (7-9-1, 2-6) at Oklahoma State (9-5-0, 3-5-0)|
|Game 18||Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.|
|Location||Stillwater, Okla. | Cowgirl Soccer Complex (Capacity: 1,450)|
|Internet||Live Stats | Live video and audio|
|Game Info||2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases|
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (7-9-1, 2-6-0 Big 12) sit in ninth place in the Big 12 standings with two games remaining in the regular season. More than just in-state bragging rights are on the line Friday night. The top eight teams qualify for the Big 12 Championship (Nov. 4-8) and the Sooners are tied with Kansas and Iowa State and sit right behind this Friday’s opponent, Oklahoma State (9-7, 3-5).
The Bedlam series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in Stillwater, Okla.
The Cowgirls started 1-5 in Big 12 play but rebounded last weekend with a pair of one-goal wins over Texas and Texas Tech. OSU is 2-1 at home in Big 12 play and 5-2 overall.
OSU returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2008 team that won the Big 12 regular season title with a 18-1-4 overall mark and a 7-1-2 record in conference play. The squad was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Rutgers.
Junior midfielder Annika Niemeier leads the 2009 offense with seven goals and 16 points. Freshman goalkeeper Adrianna Franch has anchored the Cowgirls’ defense with a 0.74 goals-against average. She leads the Big 12 with six shutouts (two in Big 12 play).
OSU owns an 11-2-1 advantage in the series and has won each of the last four meetings, which includes the only postseason game between the two in 2006. In 14 all-time meetings, 11 games have been decided by one goal or less with OSU holding an 8-2-1 lead, including a 3-0-1 edge in overtime games.
Last year’s 4-2 OSU win marked the fifth time in the previous eight years, that the rivalry game decided a potential bid in the conference tournament. The No. 9 Cowgirls rallied in Norman to celebrate a Big 12 regular season title and ended OU’s season.
The last win for OU in the series came in Stillwater, a 3-2 win that ended the Cowgirls’ season and propelled the Sooners into the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners other victory in the series came at home in 2001.
More than just in-state bragging rights have been on the line in year's past. Click here to read more.
Click the links below to watch video of OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson discussing this weekend's action.
OU's head coach discusses the Bedlam Rivalry
Nelson on putting together a complete game
On the Web
Fans can follow Friday’s game on the web with links to live stats via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. In addition, OKState.com will provide live video and audio for a fee through their premium site.
Player to Watch - Whitney Palmer, Junior, F | Plano, Texas
The Sooners’ leading goal scorer enters the weekend with 15 scores, including eight in conference play, a Big 12 best. Palmer has scored in six of the last eight games with eight goals in that span. She already owns the single-season goals and points record at OU and ranks in the top five of 11 other categories (single season or career) in school history.
2009 Season Stats: 17 starts, 15 goals, two assists, 32 points, 65 shots (41 on goal)
Oklahoma concludes the regular season slate at home against Baylor. The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Oct. 30 at the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners will honor their seniors in a ceremony prior to the game.
Last Time Out
The Sooners suffered a pair of one-goal losses in Big 12 play over the weekend at home. On Friday, Whitney Palmer gave OU a 1 -0 lead over Kansas, but the Jayhawks rallied with two unanswered goals in the 2-1 decision. On Sunday, OU and Missouri were scoreless until the 101st minute when the Tigers claimed a 1-0 win in double overtime at John Crain Field.
The one-goal games have plagued OU this season, including two losses last weekend 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 USC is ranked as high as No. 11, LSU at No. 14, Texas A&M at No. 20 and Missouri at No. 23. 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 eight games (8 goals). What is even more impressive is that the 15 goals is tied for fifth in the country and is highest total for a Sooner in a single season (13 - Logan Womack – 2001). Her 32 points ranks ninth 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.
Sooners in Big 12 Ranks
While Kelsey Devonshire leads the Big 12 lead with 93 saves and ranks second with five shutouts, two other Sooners, Dria Hampton and Whitney Palmer can be found in more than one of the conference’s top ten categories. Whitney Palmer ranks second in both goals scored (15) and points (32) and ranks fourth in shots (65). Hampton is tied for eighth with four assists and ranks 10th with 48 shots. 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 17 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.