OU Concludes Non-Conference Slate

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

Sept. 17, 2009

Sooner Soccer (4-2-1) vs. Lamar (1-5) and USC (3-3)
 Games 8 and 9  Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla.  |  John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast
 Promotions  Free T-shirts, autographs, fireworks and more
 Tickets  Adults - $8, Children - $5 | Call or Purchase Online
 Game Info  2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases

NORMAN, Okla.-- Oklahoma (4-2-1) meets Lamar for the first time on Friday, Sept. 18 for a 7 p.m. contest in Norman.  The home game also presents the Sooners with an opportunity to snap a two-game losing streak. 

OU started off the season without a defeat in the first four games and faces a Lamar team (1-5) that won its first game last weekend against Texas Southern at home.  The Cardinals started the year 0-5, which includes losses to Baylor and Nebraska with scores of 3-0 and 7-1, respectively.

Lamar lost a majority of the 2008 team that finished 4-11-1 overall and 2-6-1 (eighth place) in the Southland Conference.  Seven letterwinners and three starters return from last season to lead a group picked seventh in the league.  Freshman forward/midfielder Lisa Topping, who resides from Leyland, England, leads the Lamar offense in goals (2), assists (4) and points (8). 

Game Nine | vs. Southern California
The Sooners will host USC (3-3), the 2007 National Champions, on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.  The game is the first meeting between OU and the Trojans.  USC has won three out of the last four games since starting the year with a pair of losses to Texas A&M and St. Johns.  The Trojans topped Gonzaga and Michigan last weekend and will face OSU in Stillwater on Friday night.

Southern California finished third in the Pac 10 in 2008, a year removed from the program's first national title.  The Trojans were picked third again in 2009 as they return 15 letterwinners and seven starters from last season's 16-5-2 club (5-3-1, Pac 10).  Junior midfielder Alyssa Davila leads USC with three goals and seven points. 

The program will honor past alumni at the halftime of Friday's game against Lamar.  The first 250 fans on Friday will receive OU soccer schedule t-shirts and there will also be a student prize giveaway.  On Sunday, OU will celebrate Dads and Daughters Day and the end of Sooner Nation Weekend. The first 250 dads and daughters will receive magnetic photo frame. Students who attend Sunday's game will receive double Sooner Nation points. The team is available for autographs following all home games.

Tickets on Sale
Single game tickets for the 2009 soccer season are on sale.   The 19-game regular season slate is highlighted by 11 regular season contests 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

On the Web
Fans can follow both games on the web with live stats on SoonerSports.com and a video webcast on Oklahoma All-Access

Player to Watch - #0 Kelsey Devonshire, Freshman, GK  |  North Richland Hills, Texas
The Sooner goalkeeper led OU's defense during the 4-0-1 start to the season with three goals allowed in the five-game span.  The OU defense and Devonshire may hold the key to snapping the Sooners' two-game losing streak on Friday.  In those two losses, the defense has allowed seven goals.
2009 Season Stats: 7 starts, 3 shutouts, 1.38 goals-against avg., 29 saves

Next Weekend
OU remains home to open Big 12 play on Friday, Sept. 25 against Texas at 7 p.m.  Two days later, the Sooners play host to Texas A&M on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out
Oklahoma was 0-1 last week after dropping the only game of the weekend at LSU Friday.  The Sooners allowed a pair of goals in the first half and two more in the second session during the 4-0 defeat.  LSU leads the all-time series 3-0-1.

Sooners in Big 12 Ranks
While Kelsey Devonshire leads the Big 12 with three shutouts, another freshman, Dria Hampton, finds herself atop of a league statistic after four weeks of play.  Hampton leads the Big 12 with 32 shots and also ranks second with four assists.  Whitney Palmer ranks second in both goals scored (6) and points (14).  Refer to page four for each of the Sooners ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 statistics this week.

Home vs. Away
While it's no secret that OU has fared better at home with a 4-0 record compared to an 0-2-1 mark on the road, the season stats highlight the Sooners' home-field advantage.  In four home games, OU is averaging 2.75 goals per game on 24.5 shots and 5.75 corner kicks.  In the Sooners' three road contests, they are averaging one goal on 13 shots and 4.6 corner kicks.

Spreading the Wealth
Seven different Sooners have scored goals after seven games, surpassing the amount of scorers (5) from a year ago.  In addition, the group has equaled the amount of goals scored in 2008 with 14.  While Whitney Palmer leads the squad with six scores, Michelle Alexander and Dria Hampton rank second with two goals.  The latest goal-scorer, freshman Katharine Nutman, tallied her first goal in her debut at Middle Tennessee.

After Seven Games
While the Sooners have completed just over 35 percent of the regular season schedule, they are off to one of the program's better starts when looking at the first seven games of a season.  OU is 4-2-1 so far in 2009 and only trails the 2005, 2002 and 2001 Sooners who all started 6-1.

Shots on Goal
The Sooners have dominated opponents this season with a 74-40 advantage in shots on goal.  After seven games, OU already has 138 overall shots compared to 207 last season (68 on goal).  The Sooners recorded a season-high 32 shots against Sam Houston and a team-best 15 shots on goal against Tulsa.

Hampton Has Two Assists, Ties Record
Freshman midfielder Dria Hampton tied a school record
with two assists in the 2-2 tie at Middle Tennessee.  She is the fourth Sooner to accomplish the feat in 2009 (Michelle Alexander, Ashley Farrand and Whitney Palmer) and her performance marks the 16th time in school history.  Hampton is second in the Big 12 with four assists and first with 29 shots.

Palmer Records Hat Trick; Moves into Fourth
Junior forward Whitney Palmer became the second player in school history to record a hat trick on Aug. 30 vs. Tulsa, tying the mark set by Logan Womack in 2002, the program's all-time leading goal scorer.  Palmer was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts and has since moved into sole possession of fourth place on OU's all-time goals scored list.   Below is a look the top four goal scorers in OU history:

 Rank, Player  Goals  Years
 1.  Logan Womack  34  2000-03
 2.  Jonette Coquat  26  1998-01
 3.  Savannah Scott  22  2003-06
 4.  Whitney Palmer  20  2007-present



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