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Soccer Travels to Missouri State Friday
September 09, 2010

Sept. 9, 2010

Soccer (2-1-1) vs. Missouri State (3-2) and Rice (2-3)
 Game 5  Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.
 Location  Springfield, Mo. | Plaster Sports Complex
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game 6  Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Promos/Tickets  Soccer Scarves, Golf Raffles & more | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (2-1-1) takes its three-game unbeaten streak on the road Friday, Sept. 10 in a non-conference matchup at Missouri State (3-2). The game, OU’s first at Missouri State, is slated for a 5 p.m. start at Plaster Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo.

Oklahoma is 2-0-1 since dropping the season opener at then-No. 19 Oklahoma State on Aug. 20. The Sooners rebounded with a pair of one-goal wins at Tulsa (1-0) and at home against Stephen F. Austin (2-1) and tied Colorado College, 1-1, last weekend.

The Bears have won three out of the last four games, including a split in Tulsa (won 4-0 at Oral Roberts and lost 2-1 at Tulsa). Missouri State returns 13 letterwinners and five starters from the 2009 team that finished 9-6-3 overall. It finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4-1-1 record and is once again led on defense by junior Jessica Teahan in goal. The goalkeeper has one shutout in 2010 after recording seven a year ago. Offensively, freshman forward Brooke Williams leads the charge with three of the team’s 11 goals in 2010.

The Sooners and Bears last met in the 2009 season opener in Norman. OU won that match 3-0 and won the other two previous meetings in the series. Both of those contests in 2006 and 2001 were 1-0 Sooner victories played at the OU Soccer Complex.

Game 6 | vs. Rice
On Sunday, Sept. 12, Oklahoma returns home to host the Rice Owls (2-3) at 1 p.m. at John Crain Field. Rice plays UT-San Antonio at home Friday night. The Owls capped last weekend with a 2-1 overtime victory over San Francisco two days after dropping a 4-1 decision to then-No. 19 Cal. Rice is 0-2 against the Big 12 this season after losing at Baylor (1-0) and to Texas Tech (2-0).

The Owls return 16 letterwinners and five starters from the 2009 team that tied for eighth place in Conference USA at 4-6-1 (6-10-3 overall). In 2010, senior midfielder Kate Edwards is the team’s top scorer with three goals.

Rice won the only meeting in the series with Oklahoma, a 1-0 victory in Norman on Sept. 7, 2008.

Player to Watch - #0 Kelsey Devonshire | So. | GK | North Richland Hills, Texas
The sophomore goalkeeper was spectacular last weekend against Colorado College as the Sooners played a man down for the final 72 minutes of the game. Devonshire made a season-high seven saves, including two key stops late in the second half. She blanked Tulsa in the second game of the year and ranks fourth all-time at OU with seven career shutouts.
2010 Stats: 4 starts, 380 minutes, 0.71 goals-against average, 16 saves, one shutout

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. In addition, a live webcast will be available for Sunday’s game on Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com’s premium site.

Sunday Promotions - Dad & Daughter Day
- 100 FREE Sooner Soccer Scarves
- Golf Raffles for Dad (Enter to win one of four free rounds of golf at Jimmie Austin)
- One OU Student Prize Pack presented by Fowler Volkswagen
- Schedule cards and posters available
- Post-game autographs with players

- Camper/Clinic Reunion
All Sooner Soccer camp/clinic participants, 8th grade or younger, are invited to return to John Crain field to catch their favorite players back in action and show off their skills in the Sooner Skills Challenge at halftime.

- Gridiron & Goals
$4 admission with OU vs. FSU football ticket stub at ticket window the day of the game. The promotion is also available for the weekend of Oct. 16-17 as football hosts Iowa State and soccer welcomes Colorado.

Purchase Soccer Tickets:
John Crain Field Seating Chart
Purchase Online
Call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free (800) 456-GoOU

Single-Game Ticket Prices
$8 - Adults
$5 - Youth, Senior Citizens

Season Ticket Prices
$40 - General Public
$32 - Faculty/Staff & Letterwinners

OU vs. Missouri State Series
OU leads 3-0
Aug. 21, 2009, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 3, MSU 0
Oct. 26, 2006, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 1, MSU 0
Sept. 21, 2001, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 1, MSU 0

OU vs. Rice Series
Rice leads 1-0
Sept. 7, 2008, @ Norman, Okla. - RU 1, OU 0

Last Time Out
Senior forward Whitney Palmer netted her first goal of the season and the Sooners played a man down for 70-plus minutes in a 1-1 tie against Colorado College on Sunday at the OU Soccer Complex. Despite having 10 players on the field, the Sooners controlled what proved to be a physical contest that featured two penalty kicks and five cards issued in the first half. Palmer had six of the Sooners’ season-high 22 shots.

Next Weekend
The Sooners play one more full weekend of non-conference action with a pair of tough road games at USC on Friday, Sept. 17 and at UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday, Sept. 19. Both opponents advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Trojans won the only meeting with the Sooners, 1-0, last season in Norman. OU and UCSB will meet for the first time.

One-Goal Games
Each of the Sooners’ four games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 2-1-1 record. Oklahoma was 2-4-2 in games played in 2009 decided by one goal or less.

Staying Close to Home
Despite featuring just two home games in the first three weekends of the season, the Sooners have not left the state of Oklahoma. The first game outside the borders is this Friday at Missouri State. OU’s first two games were road contests but at Oklahoma State (Stillwater, Okla.) and at Tulsa.

20 Deep?
OU showcased what is probably Nicole Nelson’s deepest squad in the season opener at then-No. 19 OSU. Twenty players saw time in the season opener, including eight freshmen. Caitlin Mooney (sophomore) and Carrie Whigham (freshman) were the only two newcomers to start the game. In 2009, 22 players saw time on the field. In 2008, Nelson played 18 different Sooners.

Newcomers Making their Mark
Nine newcomers (eight true freshmen) have logged minutes out of the 21 players to see the field in 2010, including five starters.

In addition, three out of OU’s four goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including two from freshmen. Samantha Howell, a freshman midfielder, tallied the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory at Tulsa and freshman Annalisa Hall put OU on the board first on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin in the home opener. After SFA tied the game early in the second half, sophomore transfer Caitlin Mooney (Maryland)netted the game-winner.

Palmer Nets 30th; Climbing OU Charts
Palmer already is among the program’s most prolific goal scorers in OU history, currently ranking in the top five of 11 different offensive categories, including second place with 30 career goals after scoring on a penalty kick against Colorado College on Sept. 5.

Below is a look at her OU records:

Career Records
2nd with 30 goals
3rd with 64 points
T-4th with six game-winning goals
5th with 173 shots

Single Season Records
1st with 15 goals in 2009
1st with 32 points in 2009
4th with eight goals in 2008
10th with 16 points in 2008
T-3rd with four game winners in 2007

Misc. Records
T-1st with three goals in a game
T-1st with goals in four consecutive games
T-1st with two assists in one game

Palmer Named Preseason All-Big 12
OU senior forward Whitney Palmer was named to the 2010 All-Big 12 soccer preseason team as voted on by the conference’s coaches. The Plano, Texas, native is the first Sooner to be selected to the preseason team twice in her career after appearing on the list last season.

In 2009, Palmer became the first player in program history to lead the team outright in goals scored in three consecutive seasons after finishing the year with a school-record 15 scores. That total ranked 12th nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference.

Palmer Up for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Senior forward Whitney Palmer was one of 30 NCAA women’s soccer candidates included on the Aug. 18 listing for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. A two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree and member of the President and Dean’s Honor Roll, Palmer has excelled on the field and holds five OU records and ranks second all-time with 29 goals.

Tough Competition
In 2010, Oklahoma will play five games (four on the road) against teams that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament, including two contests against Oklahoma State, a team that advanced to the second round. OU will also face USC (first round), Santa Barbara (first round) and Texas A&M (Sweet 16), all NCAA participants a year ago. In addition, OU faces five other squads that rattled off 10 or more wins a year ago.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She has started all 23 games and played every minute in goal since stepping foot on campus. Devonshire recorded her seventh career shutout on Aug. 27 at Tulsa and ranks fourth all-time for shutouts in a career at OU. Below is a look at the players listed above her:

1 - Catharine Wade (2001-04) 18
2 - Jennifer Nichols (2004-07) 16
3 - Jana Cunningham (1999-2002) 11
4 - Kelsey Devonshire (2009-present) 7

 

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