Soccer Faces Pivotal Weekend on Road

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 08, 2009

Oct. 8, 2009

Soccer (6-6-1, 1-3) at Iowa State (6-3-4, 1-2-0) & Nebraska (7-2-3, 1-1-1)
 Game 14  Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. (CT) | ISU Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game 15  Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. (CT) | Nebraska Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats | Audio
 Game Info  2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (6-6-1, 1-3 Big 12) will look for their first road win of the season on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Ames, Iowa, against Iowa State (6-3-4, 1-2-0).  The Cyclones have a 5-0-1 mark at home and snapped a four-game skid last weekend with a pair of wins over Oklahoma State (2-1) and Northern Iowa (1-0 in OT) at the ISU Soccer Complex. 

Friday's game is the start of a crucial swing in Big 12 play for the Sooners who could move up a couple of slots in the standings as the Cyclones and Sunday's opponent, Nebraska, sit ahead of them.

Iowa State returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2008 team that was 5-12-2 overall and 0-8-2 (11th) in the Big 12.  The Cyclones are in their second season under head coach Wendy Dillinger.  Freshman midfielder Amanda Woelfel, the reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, leads ISU with four goals and 10 points.  Woefel netted the game winner against OSU last Friday.

The Cyclones lead the all-time series, 8-3-2, despite the Sooners winning two of the last three meetings, including the 2-1 victory in Norman last season.  OU fell 2-0 the last time it played at ISU in 2007 and is 0-6-1 all-time in Ames.  The lone tie came during an overtime game in 2003, while five of the games in the series have been pushed to extra time with ISU holding a  2-1-2 edge.  In addition, nine of the 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal or less with the Sooners trailing 2-5-2.

Game 15 | at Nebraska
On Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. the Sooners will tackle a Nebraska team that is undefeated at home in seven games (6-0-1).  The contest will pit the No. 1 and No. 2 goal scorers in the country in NU’s Morgan Marlborough (16 goals) and OU’s Whitney Palmer (12).  The Cornhuskers topped Oklahoma State and Wisconsin-Green Bay last weekend in Lincoln.  Nebraska (7-2-3, 1-1-1) has one loss in the last 10 games and hosts Baylor on Friday at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

Nebraska returns 16 letterwinners and seven starters from last season’s team that finished 10-9-1 overall and fifth in the Big 12 standings at 6-4-0.  Marlborough’s 16 goals and 36 points pace all players in the Big 12 Conference.  She has two goals in three Big 12 games opposite Palmer’s league-high five goals in four conference games.

The Huskers have won each of the last four meetings in the series and own an 11-2 advantage all-time.  NU won last year’s contest, 1-0, in Norman.  The game was the seventh straight decided by one goal between OU and NU.  The Sooners won the 2004 game, 1-0, at home and its other win in the series also came in Norman and was a one-goal decision (2-1 in 2000).

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

Player to Watch - Kelsey Devonshire, Freshman, GK
The Sooners need a solid performance out of their freshman goalkeeper and the defense to snap the two-game losing streak.  Devonshire has been solid in her first season, but OU’s defense has struggled on the road with 17 goals allowed in five games.  She is second in the Big 12 with four shutouts but only one of those blankings came in the last 10 games.
2009 Season Stats: 13 starts, four shutouts, 1.74 goals-against average, 60 saves

Next Weekend
Oklahoma returns to the friendly confines of John Crain Field where it will host three of the last four games.  The Sooners welcome Kansas at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Missouri at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18.  All four of the Sooners’ remaining regular season games will be played in the state of Oklahoma.  The Bedlam Series is set for Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Stillwater.

Last Time Out
The Sooners dropped a pair of Big 12 games on the road over the weekend.  OU fell 5-1 to Colorado on Friday and then suffered a 3-1 defeat at Texas Tech on Sunday.

Palmer Ranks Second in Nation with 12 Goals | Video Highlights
Heading into the eighth week of the season, Whitney Palmer has posted 12 goals, including scores in each of the last four games, a streak that is tied for an OU record.  What is even more impressive is that the 12 goals is tied for second in the country and is also the second highest total for a Sooner in a single season (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 tied for second with 26 career goals. Earlier this year against Tulsa, she became just the second player in school history to record a hat trick. Below is a look at her stats in the OU record book:

Career Records
T-2nd with 26 goals
T-4th with 6 game-winning goals
3rd with 55 points
5th with 149 shots

Single Season Records
2nd with 12 goals in 2009
T-2nd with 26 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

2009 vs. 2008

In her second season at the helm, Nicole Nelson has already doubled the Sooners’ win total from a year ago.  In addition, at this point last season, OU was 1-12 after 13 games compared to the current 6-6-1 record.

Sooners Make History with Texas A&M Win
The win over then-No.13 Texas A&M was the first for OU in 15 all-time meetings.  It also snapped an 11-game skid for the Sooners against ranked opponents with the last win coming over No. 20 Texas on Sept. 25, 2005 (2-0).  OU was 0-6 against the top 25 in Coach Nelson’s first year in 2008.




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