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Soccer Home for Two This Weekend
September 01, 2011

Sept. 1, 2011





OU (1-3) vs. ORU (1-3-1) and Missouri State (2-1)
 Game 5 vs. ORU  Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field
 Promos/Tickets  Koozies, fireworks and more | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game 6 vs. Missouri State  Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field
 Promos/Tickets  1,000 OU leis & more | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Additional Info  Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- On Friday, Sept. 2, Oklahoma (1-3-0) welcomes Oral Roberts (1-3-1) to John Crain Field for a 7 p.m. game. ORU is coming off a 1-0 defeat at Oklahoma State on Tuesday night. ORU's lone win on the season came last Friday at home against Sam Houston State, a 3-2 decision. The Golden Eagles also suffered losses to Stephen F. Austin (4-0) and Tulsa (1-0), while tying North Texas (2-2).

ORU posted a 9-8-1 overall record in 2010 along with a fifth place finish in the Summit League at 4-4-1. In 2011, senior midfielder Maria Grados leads the team with two goals and five points. The Eagles were picked sixth in the 2011 Summit League coaches' poll.

The Sooners won the last meeting in the series, 2-0, in 2009 at home. OU leads ORU 10-2 overall in the series, which began in 1997 with a 3-2 ORU win in double overtime in Tulsa. Both of ORU's wins in the series came at home with the last victory also occurring in overtime in 2004. Meanwhile, the Sooners are 6-0 all-time in Norman against the Golden Eagles.

Game 6 | vs. Missouri State
On Sunday, Sept. 4, OU looks to avenge a 2010 loss at Missouri State (2-1) when the Bears arrive for a 7 p.m. game. Missouri State recorded a pair of 2-1 victories last weekend on the road at Tennessee-Martin and Vanderbilt. The Bears began the year with a 3-1 loss at Arkansas-Little Rock. MSU hosts Kansas Friday night at 7 p.m.

Eight starters return from the 2010 MSU team that posted a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4-1-1 mark (10-6-3 overall). The Bears, led by sophomore forward Rachel Weimer's two goals and five points, were picked to finish third in the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference coaches' preseason poll.

The Sooners won the first three meetings with Missouri State prior to the 2010 defeat in Springfield. The Bears won 3-2 last season but were outscored 5-0 in the three games held in Norman.

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 this weekend via Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com's premium site.

Weekend Promotions
Fans that present their OU football ticket versus Tulsa will receive $4 admission at both games this weekend.

View the rest of the promotions below.

Friday, Sept. 2 vs. Oral Roberts at 7 p.m.
Kids Rule Event - FREE face painting, balloon animals and inflatable games for kids
250 free koozies for fans
Friday Night Firework Show after the game

Sunday, Sept. 4 vs. Missouri State at 7 p.m.
Staycation with the Sooners (in honor of Labor Day)
Free 2011 soccer posters and schedule cards
Post-game autographs
Beach Bash - 1,000 FREE crimson & white leis for fans

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.

Game Time Change
The Sooners' home game on Saturday, Sept. 17 against BYU has been moved to a 3 p.m. start at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex. The contest was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Sooners dropped below .500 with a pair of losses over the weekend, starting with a 1-0 loss at No. 6 Oklahoma State on Friday. The game was a non-conference meeting and OSU will return to the trip to Norman on Sept. 30 for a Big 12 Conference game.
The Sooners returned home on Sunday and suffered a 1-0 loss to visiting SMU, the first meeting in the series since 2004.

Next Week
OU hits the road and for a pair of non-conference games in Arizona. On Friday, Sept. 9, OU battles Arizona State in Tempe at 6:30 p.m. CT. OU and ASU have met once previously in 2004. The Sooners won that game, 1-0, in Tempe on Sept. 19.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, OU faces Arizona at 12 p.m. CT. in Tempe, Ariz. The Sooners and Wildcats have meet once back in 2002. OU won that game, 2-0, in Norman on Sept. 15.

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, SoonerSports.com's premium site. Fans can visit the Sooners' home page to learn more about signing up for the paid content.

 


 

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