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Soccer Hosts BYU Saturday at 3 p.m.
September 16, 2011

Sept. 16, 2011

 OU (4-4) vs. Brigham Young (4-2-2)
 Game 9 vs. BYU  Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field
 Promos/Tickets  $.50 hot dogs and cokes | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Additional Info  Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter
 
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners (4-4) return home for a showdown with Brigham Young (4-2-2) on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. It marks the first meeting between the Sooners and Cougars. The contest was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.

BYU is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss on Thursday night at No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Cougars entered the game with a four-game unbeaten streak, including wins over Idaho State, Cal State Fullerton and Arizona.

Nine Cougar starters return from the 2010 team that was 16-3-3 overall and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. BYU was also second in the Mountain West Conference with a 5-1-1 record. Now in the West Coast Conference, the Cougars were picked to finish second, tied with Santa Clara and behind Portland, in the 2011 preseason coaches’ poll.

The BYU offense is led by four Cougars with two goals scored, including senior forward Jennie Marshall, who also leads the team with three assists. In goal, senior McKinzie Olson has started each game with a 0.83 goals-against average and two shutouts. Olson was a NSCAA All-Region Pacific third team honoree in 2010.

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

Player to Watch - #21 Amy Petrikin | So. | F | Tulsa, Okla. (Bishop Kelly HS)
The sophomore moved back to the forward position on Sunday against Arizona and thrived with the second two-goal performance by a Sooner this season (Caitlin Mooney vs. ORU). She has three goals in the last three games. Petrikin also fired a career-high nine shots (four on goal), the most by a Sooner since Dria Hampton and Whitney Palmer had nine in 2009.

2011 Stats: Four starts, seven games played, three goals, 14 shots (5 on goal)

Sept. 15, 2011 | Video: Nelson and Petrikin on the Sooners
Head Coach Nicole Nelson and sophomore Amy Petrikin visited with SoonerSports.com after practice on Wednesday to discuss this weekend's home game against BYU. The two also talk about the team's play in Arizona last weekend. Watch the interviews along with practice footage and highlights from Arizona below:

Last Time Out
OU posted a 1-1 record over the weekend at the Sun Devil Desert Classic in Tempe, Ariz. OU lost 3-0 on Friday to Arizona State and bounced back with a 4-2 victory over Arizona on Sunday. Amy Petrikin scored two goals in the win on Sunday while Dria Hampton and Emily Bowman also found the back of the net.

Ticket Information
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.

Promotions
The OU Athletics Marketing Office has a number of promotions and giveaways planned for this weekend, including "A Sooner's Best Friend." The team visited Second Chance Animal Sanctuary of Norman on Wednesday and first 100 fans that donate pet supplies, animal food or toys at this weekend's game will receive free Sooner Soccer t-shirts and raffle tickets. No monetary donations will be accepted.

The concession stand will also be offering $.50 hot dogs and cokes while supplies last and there will be inflatable games for kids.

Watch the video below to see the coaches and players interacting with the animals:

Three Games in Six Days
Saturday’s game against BYU marks the start of three games in six days for the Sooners. OU plays at LSU on Monday and then at New Mexico next Friday.

Next Week
The Sooners hit the road for a pair of games away from Norman, starting with Monday’s contest at 7 p.m at LSU. The two last met in 2009, a 4-0 win for the Tigers at home. OU is 0-3-1 all-time against LSU. Following the game in Baton Rouge, OU will conclude the week with a showdown with New Mexico in Albuquerque at 6 p.m. CT. OU leads the all-time series, 2-1, after winning the last meeting in 2003, a 2-1 Sooner victory in Norman.

Mooney’s Record Performance
Caitlin Mooney’s six points and two assists on Sept. 2 versus Oral Roberts tied a pair of program records. Mooney contributed on each of the Sooners’ four goals in the game and recorded her first two-goal game. Only two other Sooners in program history have had six points in a game, but both were recorded on three-goal performances. Whitney Palmer had the hat trick against Tulsa on Aug 30, 2010 and Logan Womack also had a hat trick against Baylor on Sept. 27, 2002. Palmer and Womack rank No. 1 and No. 2 in OU history in scoring, respectively. Mooney was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 6 for her efforts, her second career honor.

Kraft Ties OU Assist Record
For the 18th time in program history, and second time this season, a Sooner tied the program record for most assists in a game with two. Kelsey Kraft accomplished the feat on Sept. 11 against Arizona in Tempe. Caitlin Mooney also tied the record with two assists against Oral Roberts and she was the first to have two assists in a game since Dria Hampton did it in 2009. The only other Sooner on the roster to have two assists in a game is Michelle Alexander, also recorded in 2009.

Scoring First
The Sooners have found success early in the season when posting the game’s first goal. All four of OU’s wins have come when posting the first goal of the game. It was also a key stat in 2010, when OU was 11-2-2 when scoring first.

Spreading the Wealth
The Sooners scored one goal during the three-game losing streak but tallied seven in the two wins on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 with five different goal scorers. The Sooners have 16 goals in their four wins and one goal in the four losses. Overall, OU has 17 goals scored in 2011 with nine different Sooners finding the back of the net.

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