Soccer Heads West for Sun Devil Desert Classic

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 08, 2011

OU (3-3) at Sun Devil Desert Classic
 Game 7 at Arizona State  Friday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
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 Game 8 vs. Arizona  Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. CT
 Location  Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma (3-3) faces its first full weekend of action away from home this week with a pair of non-conference games in Arizona for the Sun Devil Desert Classic. On Friday, Sept. 9, OU battles Arizona State in Tempe at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

ASU (2-2) started the season with a pair of wins at home against Northern Arizona (7-0) and South Carolina (1-0), but dropped two straight contests last weekend on the road. ASU lost its first game of the year at then-No. 4 Virginia last Friday, 3-0. On Sunday, the Sun Devils lost 3-1 at Old Dominion.

The Sun Devils were picked to finish seventh in the 2011 Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll. ASU returns eight starters from the 2010 club that was 9-8-3 overall and finished seventh in the league standings with a 3-5-1 mark. Freshman forward Alexandria Doller leads the team with three goals and six points while junior goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore, who started every game in 2010, has split time with sophomore Vittoria Arnold. The two have combined to record a pair of shutouts and record 10 saves.

OU and ASU have met once previously in 2004. The Sooners won that game, 1-0, in Tempe on Sept. 19.

Game 8 | vs. Arizona
On Sunday, Sept. 4, OU faces Arizona at 1 p.m. CT. in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats (0-4) face Missouri at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on Friday. Arizona has lost its first four games of the season, including three tough road games at San Diego State, at Pepperdine and at then-No. 20 Brigham Young. The Wildcats' lone home game was on Aug. 26 against South Carolina, a 1-0 defeat in double overtime.

A total of 11 players, including senior goalkeeper Ashley Jett, return after starting at least 13 games a season ago. Arizona finished 10th in the Pac-10 standings in 2010 with a 5-13-2 overall record and a 1-8 mark in league play. The Wildcats were picked to finish 12th in the league this year. While Arizona has not found the back of the net in 2011, junior forward Renae Cuellar, who had six goals and three assists before tearing her ACL in 2010 after six games, leads the team with 13 shots, including five shots on goal.

The Sooners and Wildcats have met once back in 2002. OU won that game, 2-0, in Norman on Sept. 15.

Sept. 7, 2011 | Video: Nelson Reviews Weekend; Previews Arizona
OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson sat down with on Wednesday morning after practice to talk about the team's play over the weekend against Oral Roberts and Missouri State. Nelson also touches on the upcoming weekend against Arizona State and Arizona in the Sun Devil Desert Classic.

Watch the video below to also view highlights from last weekend's two victories.

Last Time Out
The Sooners snapped a three-game losing streak with a pair of victories last weekend. OU snapped the skid with an impressive 4-1 win over visiting Oral Roberts on Friday as junior Caitlin Mooney tied two program records with two assists and six points.

On Sunday, OU recorded its second straight victory with a 3-1 victory over Missouri State as sophomore Amy Petrikin's first career goal resulted in the game-winning score.

Next Week
The Sooners return home for a showdown with Brigham Young 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.

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.

Scoring First
The Sooners have found success early in the season when posting the game's first goal. All three 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 over the weekend with five different goal scorers. The Sooners have 12 goals in their three wins and one goal in the three losses. Overall, OU has 13 goals scored in 2011 with eight different Sooners finding the back of the net.

Mooney Named Preseason All-Big 12
For the third straight season, a member of the Sooner soccer team was selected by the Big 12 coaches' as a preseason honoree. Junior Caitlin Mooney was named one of the team's forwards on Aug. 11, a year after she selected as part of the All-Big 12 Newcomer team. Whitney Palmer, OU's all-time leading scorer, appeared on the preseason squad in 2010 and 2009.

In 2010, Mooney finished second on the team in scoring with seven goals and three assists. It marked her first season in Norman after transferring from Maryland. The Edmond, Okla., native helped lead the Terrapins to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009 as a true freshman with four goals scored and an assist.

Tough Competition
Once again in 2011, the Sooners face a challenging non-conference schedule before play in the always competitive Big 12 begins. Overall, the Sooners will play seven games against six teams (twice against Oklahoma State) that were also in the 2010 postseason field of 64. In addition, OU faces 12 games against teams with 10-plus wins a year ago.

Home Game Set for ESPNU Broadcast
The University of Oklahoma soccer program was selected as one of two sites for ESPNU's television coverage during the 2011 season, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday. The ESPNU package features the Sooners' home contest versus Missouri on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. It marks the first home contest to be televised from John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.

2011 Webcast Schedule
With the exception of the ESPNU game on Oct. 16, the remaining nine home games can be seen live on Oklahoma All-Access,'s premium site. Fans can visit the Sooners' home page to learn more about signing up for the paid content.





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