Soccer Hosts Missouri Sunday at 1 p.m.

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 18, 2009

Oct. 18, 2009

Soccer (7-8-1, 2-5) vs.  Missouri (9-4-3, 4-0-2)
 Game 17  Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla.  |  John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)
 Internet  Live Stats 
 Promotions  Team photos, pom poms and more
 Tickets  Adults - $8, Children - $5 | Call or Purchase Online
 Game Info  2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases

NORMAN, Okla. -- Missouri (9-4-3, 4-0-2) enters Sunday's game undefeated in Big 12 play after topping Baylor, 5-0, on Friday night. The Tigers and Sooners will battle at 1 p.m. in Norman on Sunday. Missouri won both of its games last weekend at home against Colorado and Texas Tech.

The Tigers return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from last season's team that finished 16-5-2 overall, 7-3 in Big 12 (third) and won the Big 12 Postseason Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 2009 Tigers are led by a trio of players with five goals in Michelle Collins, Bree Thornton and Kristin Andrighetto.
Goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore (1.51 GAA, two shutouts) is the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Missouri has shut out Oklahoma in the last two meetings and owns a 7-4-1 all-time advantage. Missouri won the 2008 game at OU and is 4-2 all-time in games played in Norman. The Sooners own a 3-2-1 edge when the game is decided by one goal or less.

On the Web
Fans can follow both games on the web with links to live stats via the schedule page on   

On Friday, all kids in attendance will receive a mini foam finger and the first 250 fans will get an OU team photo.  In addition, fireworks will be displayed after every Sooner goal and the team will be available for autographs following the game.

On Sunday, all youth soccer players that wear their team uniform will receive $4 admission at the door.  The first 250 fans will receive pom poms the game will be followed by a autograph session.

Tickets on Sale
Single game tickets for the 2009 soccer season are on sale.   Three of the final four regular season games will be held at the Sooners' home and one of the premier collegiate soccer facilities in the nation, John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.

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

Next Weekend
Oklahoma plays its final road game of the regular season slate on Friday, Oct. 23 at Oklahoma State. The Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in Stillwater. The Bedlam matchup marks the only game on the weekend for OU, which concludes the regular season on Oct. 30 at home against Baylor for Senior Night.

Last Time Out
The Sooners' return trip home was spoiled by the visiting Jayhawks on Friday night at John Crain Field as Kansas scored two unanswered goals in the 2-1 win over Oklahoma. The Sooners took an early lead in the 37th minute as junior forward Whitney Palmer netted her 15th goal of the season on a 17-yard blast from the top of the box. Palmer
has scored in six of the last seven games with eight goals in that span.

Sooner Profile - Lauren Alkek
When she first arrived in Norman, Lauren Alkek envisioned herself as a major scoring threat for the Sooner soccer program.  Click here to read more and view an interview with Alkek.

Palmer Ranks Top 10 in NCAA in Goals/Points
Heading into the ninth week of the season, Whitney Palmer has posted 14 goals, including scores in five of the last six games (7 goals).  What is even more impressive is that the 14 goals is tied for fifth in the country and is highest total for a Sooner in a single season (prev: 13 - Logan Womack - 2001).  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 28 career goals. Earlier this year against Tulsa, she became just the second player in school history to record a hat trick.

Palmer scored in Friday's contest against Kansas.  Below is a look at her current stats in the OU record book:

Career Records
2nd with 29 goals
2nd with 61 points
T-4th with 6 game-winning goals
5th with 156 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

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



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