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Soccer Opens Big 12 Play at Home Friday
September 23, 2010

Sept. 23, 2010

Soccer (4-3-1) vs. Texas Tech (7-2) and Baylor (7-1-1)
 Game 9 vs. Texas Tech  Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. CT
 Game 10 vs. Baylor  Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Promos/Tickets  Kick for a Cure, $.50 hot dogs & more | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (4-3-1) opens the Big 12 portion of the 2010 schedule at home on Friday, Sept. 24 against Texas Tech. The conference opener against the Red Raiders (7-2) is slated for a 7 p.m. start at John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex.

The Sooners are coming off a split last weekend that started with a 4-1 loss at then-No. 25 USC on Friday, but OU bounced back with a 1-0 win at UCSB on Sunday. OU has followed each of its three losses in 2010 with a victory in the next contest.

The Red Raiders, ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA Central Region poll this week, started off the year at 5-0 and are 2-2 since. TTU won 1-0 at home over Oral Roberts last Friday and suffered a 1-0 decision on Sunday at Alabama. Jessica Fuston and Taylor Lytle lead the 2010 team with four goals apiece while Erin Wikelius (2) and Colleen Pitts (5) have combined for seven shutouts in goal. Texas Tech returns eight starters from the 2009 team that finished in a tie for seventh in the Big 12 with a 3-4-3 record (8-8-4 overall).

Texas Tech has won each of the last two meetings with the Sooners, including the 2009 contest in Lubbock (3-1), to knot the all-time series up at 6-6-1. Seven of the 13 games have been played in Norman with Oklahoma holding a 4-2-1 advantage. The last time OU lost at home to Texas Tech was in 1999, a 1-0 decision.

Game 10 | vs. Baylor
On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Sooners play host to the Baylor Bears (7-1-1) at 5 p.m. in Norman. The Bears lead the Big 12 in scoring with 31 goals after winning 9-0 against Prairie View A&M last weekend at home. Baylor plays at Oklahoma State Friday. Lisa Sliwinksi leads Baylor with six goals, while goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst and the Bears’ defense have posted eight shutouts.

Baylor returns eight starters from the 2009 team that finished 8-6-5 overall and tied for seventh in the Big 12 at 3-4-3.

OU is unbeaten in the last three series meetings with the Bears and leads 6-4-3 all-time (4-1-3 at home). The two concluded the 2009 regular season with a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes of action. Including last season, nine of the 13 meetings have been decided by one goal or less with the Sooners holding a 4-2-3 lead in that situation.

Player to Watch - #9 Dria Hampton | So. | MF | Piedmont, Okla. (Piedmont H.S.)
The sophomore midfielder recorded her first goal of 2010 in Friday’s loss at then-No. 25 USC and fired a season-high seven shots. Hampton is the sixth different Sooner to tally a goal this season and she leads the club in shots (18) and assists (2). The Oklahoma native has six career assists after leading OU in 2009 with four helpers. She also owns four career goals.
2010 Stats: Eight games started, one goal, two assists, 18 shots (6 on goal)

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 both games on Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com’s premium site.

Tickets
Tickets are available ($8 adult and $5 youth) at the OU Athletic Ticket Office on Asp Avenue (Monday through Friday), by phone at 800-456-GoOU, at the gate of the OU Soccer Complex on gameday or by visiting online.

Weekend Promotions
The OU Athletics Marketing Department has a number of promotions set for both games, including free pink glow sticks for the first 500 fans on Friday to help commemorate "Kick for a Cure." For the second straight year, OU will wear special pink uniforms to help raise awareness for cancer research. Friday is also $.50 hot dog and coke night while supplies last.

Friday, Sept. 24 - Kick for a Cure sponsored by the OU Cancer Institute
FREE pink glow sticks for the first 500 fans
Team will wear pink uniforms
$. 50 hot dogs & cokes while supplies last
Pride of Oklahoma Pep Band in attendance
Inflatable games for kids
Fireworks after each OU goal scored
Postgame autographs with team

Sunday, Sept. 26 - Carnival Night
FREE Carnival Games on the concourse (face painting, cake walk for concessions, etc...)
FREE stadium scarves for first 100 fans in attendance
Mascot Show at halftime featuring Deizel & Dozer (Yard Dawgz), Crash & Crunch (Cavs), Volt (Tulsa Shock), Brisco (OK County Sheriff), and Boomer & Sooner.
Performances by the Oklahoma Junior Spirit Cheer program
Pride of Oklahoma Pep Band in attendance
Inflatable games for kids
Fireworks after each OU goal scored
Postgame autographs with team

Texas Tech Series
Series Tied 6-6-1
Oct. 4, 2009, @ Lubbock, Texas - TTU 3, OU 1
Sept. 28, 2008, @ Lubbock, Texas - TTU 2, OU 1 (2OT)
Oct. 19, 2007, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 0, TTU 0 (2OT)
Oct. 13, 2006, @ Lubbock, Texas - OU 1, TTU 0
Sept. 30, 2005, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, TTU 0
Oct. 10, 2004, @ Lubbock, Texas - OU 2, TTU 1
Oct. 17, 2003, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 4, TTU 1
Oct. 20, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 4, TTU 0
Oct. 5, 2001, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 3, TTU 0
Sept. 29, 2000, @ Lubbock, Texas - TTU 2, OU 1
Oct. 17, 1999, @ Norman, Okla. - TTU 1, OU 0
Oct. 18, 1998, @ Lubbock, Texas. - TTU 3, OU 0
Sept. 5, 1997, @ Norman, Okla. - TTU 2, OU 1 (OT)

Baylor Series
OU leads 6-4-3
Oct. 30, 2009, @ Norman, Okla - OU 0, BU 0 (2OT)
Oct. 19, 2008, @ Waco, Texas - OU 1, BU 0
Oct. 4, 2007, @ Norman, Okla - OU 3, BU 1
Oct. 15, 2006, @ Waco, Texas - BU 2, OU 1
Oct. 16, 2005, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 1, BU 0
Oct. 8, 2004, @ Waco, Texas - OU 2, BU 1
Oct. 19, 2003, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 1, BU 1 (2OT)
Sept. 27, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 4, BU 2
Oct. 16, 2001, @ Waco, Texas - BU 3, OU 1
Oct. 6, 2000, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 0, BU 0 (2OT)
Oct. 15, 1999, @ Norman, Okla. - BU 2, OU 1
Oct. 16, 1998, @ Waco, Texas - BU 2, OU 0
Sept. 7, 1997, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 1, BU 0

Big 12 Openers
The Sooners have lost four straight Big 12 openers dating back to their last win in 2005. OU topped then-No. 21 Texas that season in Norman. OU is 3-10 all-time in Big 12 openers with its other wins also coming at home in 2002 (Baylor) and 2000 (Kansas). Of the 10 losses, seven have been one-goal decisions, including two overtime games (2004 vs. MU and 1998 vs. OSU).

Last Time Out
OU split a challenging two-game road trip in California over the weekend. Following a 4-1 defeat at No. 25 USC on Friday, Oklahoma bounced back to win 1-0 at UC Santa Barbara. Both opponents were participants in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Sophomores Dria Hampton (vs. USC) and Caitlin Mooney (vs. UCSB) scored goals over the weekend.

Next Weekend

The Sooners hit the road in Big 12 action on Friday, Oct. 1 at Iowa State (6:30 p.m.). The Cyclones lead the all-time series 8-4-3, including a 6-1-1 advantage in Ames, Iowa. OU has won the last two meetings, including a 1-0 win at ISU in 2009.

OU plays at Missouri on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. The Tigers hold an 8-4-1 advantage in the series and have won the last three meetings, including a 1-0 (2OT) win in Norman last season. OU is 2-3-1 all-time in games played in Columbia, Mo.

One-Goal Games
Seven of the Sooners’ eight games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 4-2-1 record. The Sooners have already surpassed the win total from a year ago in those decisive games. 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 season (2008).

20 Deep
OU showcased what is probably Nicole Nelson’s deepest squad in the season opener at then-No. 19 OSU. Twenty players saw time in the season opener, including eight freshmen. OU has averaged 19 players per game in 2010, including three other contests with 20 players used. Overall, 22 players have seen time on the field this season, including nine newcomers.

Palmer’s Hot Streaks
Following two goals vs. Missouri State and Rice, senior Whitney Palmer scored in three straight games for the fifth time in her career. Since starting the season scoreless after three contests, Palmer tallied a goal in each of the next three games. In 2009, she recorded two such streaks, each featuring five goals, and became the second Sooner in program history to score in four straight games (Lauren MacIver scored in four straight in 2005). Palmer started her career with four goals in three games played in 2007 and also had a three-game streak in 2008.

Palmer Nets 30th; Climbing OU Charts
Palmer already is among the program’s most prolific goal scorers in OU history, currently ranking in the top five of 11 different offensive categories, including second place with 32 career goals and 68 points.

Below is a look at her OU records:

Career Records
2nd with 32 goals (two behind Logan Womack)
2nd with 68 points (seven behind Logan Womack)
T-3rd with seven game-winning goals
4th with 183 shots

Single Season Records
1st with 15 goals in 2009
1st with 32 points in 2009
4th with eight 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

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She has started all 27 games and played all but 23 minutes of those contests since stepping foot on campus. Devonshire has three shutouts in 2010 against Tulsa, Rice and UC Santa Barbara. She ranks fourth all-time at OU with nine career shutouts. Below is a look at the players listed above her:

1 - Catharine Wade (2001-04) 18
2 - Jennifer Nichols (2004-07) 16
3 - Jana Cunningham (1999-2002) 11
4 - Kelsey Devonshire (2009-present) 9

Newcomers Making their Mark
Nine newcomers (eight true freshmen) have logged minutes out of the 22 players to see the field in 2010, including seven starters. In addition, five out of OU’s nine goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including three from freshmen (Zoe Dickson, Annalisa Hall and Samantha Howell).Caitlin Mooney, a sophomore transfer from Maryland, has two goals, while senior Whitney Palmer (3) and sophomore Dria Hampton (1) round out the list.


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