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Soccer Hosts Final Home Games this Weekend
October 13, 2011

Oct. 13, 2011


 OU vs. Iowa State and Missouri
 Game 15 vs. Iowa State  Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field
 Promos/Tickets  Kick for a cure | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Television (tape delay)  Sooner Sports Network (Cox Ch. 3/703 HD)
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game 16 vs. Missouri  Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field
 Promos/Tickets  Senior Day | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Television  ESPNU (Cox Ch. 253/718 HD)
 Internet  Live Stats
 Additional Info  Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter
 
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma (5-9 overall, 0-3 Big 12) returns to Norman this weekend for the final two home games of the 2011 regular season. On Friday, Oct. 14, the Sooners host Iowa State (6-7-1, 0-4) at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field.

The game can be viewed live online at Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com’s premium site and will be televised on a tape delay by the Sooner Sports Network on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. on Cox Ch. 3/703 HD in Oklahoma City and Tulsa with Chad McKee and Chris Doke on the call.

The Cyclones have lost four straight games after last weekend’s pair of losses at home to No. 2 Oklahoma State (1-0) and Baylor (2-0). ISU was 6-3-1 before beginning Big 12 play two weeks ago when it fell on the road to No. 17 Texas A&M (3-1) and Texas (2-1). Sophomore forward Brittany Morgan leads the Cyclones’ offense with four goals and nine points while freshman Andrea Swanson has seen most of time in the ISU goal. Swanson is 3-4 on the year with two shutouts and a 1.49 goals-against average.

ISU returns 10 starters from last season’s 8-10-2 team that finished 10th in the Big 12 standings at 3-7. ISU leads the all-time series with OU, 8-5-2, while the Sooners won last year’s meeting, 4-3, in Ames. The Sooners are 3-2-1 at home against the Cyclones with the last loss coming in 2004. Ten of the 15 meetings in the series have been decided by one goal or less (ISU holds a 5-3-2 advantage), including five overtime contests.

Game 16 | vs. Missouri
The Sooners’ final home game on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. against Missouri (10-5, 1-3) marks the first nationally televised game from John Crain Field (ESPNU, Cox Ch. 253/718 HD). Glen Davis, who called OU’s 2010 Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma State, will provide the play-by-play with Kate Markgraf (former member of U.S. National Team) on color. MU plays at Baylor Friday night.

The Tigers are 3-4 in their last seven games after starting the 2011 campaign at 7-1. Missouri dropped each of its first two Big 12 games at Texas Tech (1-0) and at Oklahoma State (2-0) before splitting two weeks ago at home against No. 24 Texas A&M (W, 1-0) and Texas (L, 2-1). Sophomore forward Alyssa Diggs leads Missouri with four goals and 11 points while redshirt freshman McKenzie Sauerwein is 10-5 in the Tiger goal with six shutouts and a 0.92 goals-against average.

Missouri returns six starters from the 2010 team that was 7-10-2 overall and finished sixth in the Big 12 standings at 5-5. Missouri leads the all-time series with OU, 9-4-1, and has won the last four meetings, including the 2010 contest, 2-1, in Columbia. The Sooners are 2-5 at home against the Tigers with the last win coming in 2006. Eight of the 14 meetings in the series have been decided by one goal or less (MU leads 4-3-1), including four overtime games.

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. A live webcast is also available for Friday's game on the web via Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com’s premium site.

Ticket Information and Promotions
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Season and single-game tickets are available at John Crain Field on the day of the game beginning one hour prior to game time. Please contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU to purchase tickest in advance or for more information.

Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Iowa State
“Kick for a Cure” and “OU faculty and staff night.”
- First 250 fans dressed in pink receive a free pink color-changing OU cup.
- First 250 fans also receive a free small popcorn and coke. 
- Postgame autographs and inflatable games for kids. 

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. vs. Missouri on ESPNU
"Senior Day"
- Ceremony for 2011 seniors
- First 500 people in attendance receive free “Thank you seniors” fans.
- Postgame autographs and inflatable games for kids.

Oct. 12, 2011 | Video: Coach Nelson and Seniors Preview Weekend
Head Coach Nicole Nelson and seniors Michelle Alexander, Sage Coralli and Lisa Jett visited with SoonerSports.com on Wednesday morning after practice to preview this weekend's final two regular season home games.

The Sooners host Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on a tape delay by the Sooner Sports Network on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. on Cox Ch. 3/703 HD in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Sooners’ final home game on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. against Missouri marks the first nationally televised game from John Crain Field (ESPNU).

Watch the video below to see what Nelson and the seniors had to say about this weekend's action, including Sunday's "Senior Day."

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Player to Watch: Amy Petrikin | So. | F | Tulsa, Okla.
Prior to the current five-game losing streak, the Sooners were 4-1 thanks to four goals from sophomore forward Amy Petrikin, including three game winners against Missouri State, Arizona and Brigham Young. Petrikin is tied for the team lead in goals with four and ranks in a tie for third in the Big 12 Conference with three game-winning scores.
2011 Stats: 13 games played, 8 starts, four goals, 22 shots (9 on goal)

Last Time Out
The Sooners lost their fifth-straight game after suffering a 2-0 defeat on Friday night in Austin, snapping OU’s two-game winning streak over Texas.

Next Week
The Sooners hit the road for a pair of games in the state of Texas. On Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., OU plays at Texas A&M. The Sooners trail the all-time series with the Aggies, 15-2, but have won two of the last three meetings with a loss in double overtime in College Station in 2010.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, OU and Baylor meet for a 5 p.m. game in Waco. OU leads the all-time series, 7-4-3 and are unbeaten in the last four meetings, including a 3-2 win in Norman last year.

Final Five Games
OU has just five games remaining on the 2011 regular season slate. Three of those games will occur on the road (at Texas A&M, at Baylor and at Kansas) after the Sooners host Iowa State and Missouri next weekend.

Scoring First
The Sooners have found success this season when posting the game’s first goal. All five of OU’s wins have come when posting the first goal of the game. Consequently, each of OU’s nine defeats have come after allowing the game’s first goal. In 2010, OU was 11-2-2 when scoring first (1-6-1 when not).

Spreading the Wealth
The Sooners scored one goal during the three-game losing streak earlier this season, but tallied seven in the two wins on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 with five different goal scorers. The Sooners have 18 goals in their five wins and three goals in the eight losses. Overall, OU has 21 goals scored in 2011 with nine different Sooners finding the back of the net.

One-Goal Games
Four of OU’s 14 games have been decided by one goal in 2011, each resulting in a loss. In 2010, 17 of the 22 games were decided by one goal or less with a 10-4-3 record. Oklahoma was 2-4-2 in games played in 2009 decided by one goal or less and 3-5-1 in head coach Nicole Nelson’s first year (2008).

Quartet Leads the Offense
Michelle Alexander, Dria Hampton, Caitlin Mooney and Amy Petrikin lead the team in 2011 with four goals apiece. OU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are the only Big 12 teams in 2011 with at least four players with four goals or more. OU also accomplished that feat in 2010, 2003 and 2001. In 2005, OU set a program record with 37 goals as five different Sooners had at least four goals.

Attendance Marks
The Sooners have already cracked the top 10 in attendance three times this season, including the largest crowd in program history (2,002) on Sept. 30 against Oklahoma State. The previous best was also recorded against OSU on Oct. 29, 2010 (1,946). Also in 2011, OU has seen the eighth-largest crowd at the OU Soccer Complex on Sept. 4 against ORU (1,054) and the ninth-largest against UAB in the season opener on Aug. 19 (1,026).

 

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