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Soccer Ready for Pivotal Weekend
October 23, 2008

 Sooner Soccer (2-13-1, 1-5-1 Big 12)
 Game 17  vs. Nebraska (8-7-1, 4-3) | Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. 
 Game 18  vs. Iowa State (5-9-2, 0-5-2) | Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla.  |  John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)
 Internet  Friday: Live Stats and web cast | Sunday: Live Stats
 Promotions  Friday: Student Night/$.50 hot dogs  |  Sunday: Faculty/Staff Day 
 Tickets  Call or Purchase Online
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF) | 2008 Media Guide

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma (2-13-1 overall, 1-5-1 Big 12) has three games remaining on the regular season and each game will be played at home, starting with Friday’s contest at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field against Nebraska (8-7-1, 4-3-0).

Sunday’s game against Iowa State (5-9-2, 0-5-2) will begin at 1 p.m. and the gates for all home games open one hour prior to the start time. 

The Sooners sit in ninth place and have one more weekend of play remaining to qualify for the Big 12 Championship, which invites the top eight teams in the standings (Nov. 5-9). 

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS
Friday is OU Student Night and one lucky student will win a Nintendo Wii.  The concession stand will have $.50 hot dogs available and the game will be followed by a post-game autograph session with the players and coaches.  In addition, the student organization with the largest number of members in attendance will win a $250 MidFirst Bank Gift Card to use towards expenses for their organization

Sunday is OU Faculty/Staff Day and one employee will win a $100 Circle K gift card.  In addition, kids eat free on Sunday with a free coupon available at the gate that can be used at the concession stand and the game will be followed by a post-game autograph session with the players and coaches

TICKET INFO
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.

FOLLOW THE SOONERS ON THE INTERNET

Fans can follow the action live from Norman this weekend on SoonerSports.com with live stats for both games.  On Friday, a live web cast will be available on SoonerSports.com’s premium site, Oklahoma All-Access.

ABOUT THE CORNHUSKERS
Nebraska recorded a five-game winning streak from Sept. 19-28, including key conference wins over Kansas, Missouri and Texas, but has struggled in the last four games with a 1-4 mark.  Most recently, the Cornhuskers topped Texas Tech, 3-0, on Sunday after dropping a 2-1 decision to Colorado on Friday.

Nebraska was picked to finish eighth in the preseason Big 12 coaches’ poll and currently stands fifth in the standings.  The Huskers return 20 letterwinners and 11 starters from a 2007  team that was 5-10-4 overall and 1-8-1 in Big 12 play (10th).

Junior forward Shay Powell leads Nebraska’s offense with six goals, four assists and her 16 points is tied for 10th in the Big 12.

NU leads 10-2 in the all-time series with OU and has won six of the last seven meetings.  In that span, six of the games were decided by one goal.  The Huskers won last year’s meeting, 1-0, in Lincoln and the 2006 contest in Norman, 1-0.  Nebraska has a 4-1 record when the series is contested in Norman.

ABOUT THE CYCLONES

Iowa State started 2008 with a 4-3 record but is 1-6-2 in the last nine contests.  The Cyclones are winless in the Big 12 but recorded a 0-0 tie against Colorado in their last game.  ISU also tied Baylor on Oct. 3 and is 11th in the conference standings.

The Cyclones were picked 10th in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll under first-year head coach Wendy Dillinger.  ISU returns 15 letterwinners and seven starters from a 2007 team that was 8-6-5 overall and 4-4-1 in the Big 12 (eighth place). 

Senior forward Leslie Hill leads ISU with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists), while junior forward Amanda Nimtz leads the team in goals scored with four.  Sophomore midfielder Jordan Bishop is the team leader in assists with five.

Iowa State leads OU 8-2-2 all-time, but the series has been closely contested with six games decided by one goal (ISU 5-1) and five played in overtime (ISU 2-1-2).  The Cyclones won 2-0 last season in Ames and avenged the 2006 meeting in Norman, when OU won 4-0, the largest margin of victory in the series.  ISU is 2-2-1 when the series is played on OU’s home field.

PLAYER TO WATCH - SOPHOMORE FORWARD WHITNEY PALMER
Palmer’s goal against Baylor was her team-leading seventh of the season and the 13th goal of her career.  Palmer is tied for eighth all-time on OU’s career goal-scoring list and ranks third in OU history for most goals scored in a Sooner’s freshman and sophomore seasons.

NEXT WEEKEND
The Sooners conclude the regular season at home with the Ford Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners completed the road portion of the 2008 regular season with a 1-1 record over the weekend.  OU lost 4-0 to No. 12 Texas in Austin on Friday and bounced back with a 1-0 win over Baylor on Sunday in Waco.  The win was the first in Big 12 play for the Sooners, who moved into a tie for ninth place in the conference standings after starting the weekend in last.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
Four of the Sooners’ defeats this season have been decided by one goal.  OU is 2-4 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 most recently suffered a 2-1 decision at Texas Tech in double overtime.  The Sooners also dropped one-goal games to Rice, 1-0, at home and at Ole Miss, 2-1.

PALMER AMONG CAREER LEADERS IN GOALS AND GWG
Sophomore Whitney Palmer moved into a tie for eighth place all-time in career goals scored at OU on Oct. 19 at Baylor.  The goal against the Bears also moved Palmer into sole possession of fifth place all-time with five career game-winning goals.  Palmer’s four game winners scored in 2007 ranks in a tie for third in a single season. 

CORBITT’S CONSECUTIVE STARTING STREAK
Senior captain Katie Corbitt has played in more games (72) than any other Sooner on the 2008 roster.  Friday’s game will mark the Highland Village, Texas, native’s 52nd consecutive start in a Sooner uniform.  Corbitt’s 72 games played ranks 13th all-time at OU while her 61 career starts are ninth all-time.

DICKENSON MAKES DEBUT IN GOAL
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 1-2-1 and the Sooners’ defense recorded its only shutout of the season against Baylor on Oct. 19.  Dickenson, an All-Big 12 infielder for the OU softball team, has 12 saves and a 1.47 goals-against average in her four starts as the Sooners’ goalkeeper.

 

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