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NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma soccer team travels to Stillwater for a
showdown with Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game on Friday night at 7 p.m. In addition
to state bragging rights, a Big 12 tournament bid is on the line for the second
Oklahoma dropped to 4-5 in the conference standings and 11-7 overall with road losses to Colorado and Nebraska over the weekend.
On Friday evening, Colorado got goals from Ashlie Mihalcin and Kristina Lamberty to put away the Sooners, 2-1, in Boulder. Senior forward Shannon Wing (Broken Arrow, Okla.) scored for OU in the 76th minute but it was too little too late for OU.
On Sunday, Oklahoma fell to No. 25 Nebraska, 1-0, when NU senior Christine Latham scored what would be the game-winning goal with just over a minute left before the halftime break from 25 yards out. The teams battled into the second half with Nebraska maintaining the 1-0 lead. With just two and a half minutes left in the game, Oklahoma senior Krissy Dawson (Peoria, Ariz.) got a shot at the NU box off a corner kick but Miller made a diving save to seal the victory for Nebraska.
Game 19 Preview: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
After beginning the season a combined 17-0 both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have struggled as of late. The Sooners have dropped their last four conference games to fall to 11-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12. The Cowgirls upset No. 25 Nebraska on Friday, 2-1, but are still just 3-6 in conference play and 12-6 overall.
Both teams need a final victory in the Bedlam game to advance to the Big 12 Tournament. Only one will make it.
If Oklahoma beats OSU, the Sooners will be heading to San Antonio with a seeding anywhere from fourth to seventh depending on other Big 12 matchups. The top eight teams in conference play make the Big 12 Tournament.
If Oklahoma State knocks off OU, the Sooners would be tied with Iowa State and OSU with 4-6 records in the Big 12. The Sooners would be out of the tournament because both teams would have regular season victories over Oklahoma.
This do-or-die scenario is not new to the Bedlam game. Last season, a Big 12 Tournament bid was also on the line and the Sooners prevailed in overtime, 2-1. The game was played in Norman in front of a record 1,325 fans at John Crain Field. The same atmosphere is expected for this season's game in Stillwater on Friday night.
Oklahoma State is led by junior forward Jere Boykin with eight goals and three assists this season. Sophomore forward Jolene Schweitzer, freshman midfielder Cassie Lewis and junior forward Kim Graves are also credible scoring threats for OSU.
Senior goalkeeper Kat Doud has started 14 games and logged 1259:21 minutes for the Cowgirls. Doud has allowed 13 goals for a GAA of 0.93. She has 40 saves for a .755 average and five shutouts.
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series with OU, 5-1. The Sooners have never won in Stillwater in three previous attempts. The series has witnessed six overtime periods and the last five games have each been decided by a single goal.
Womack Extends Record
Junior forward Logan Womack recorded the first hat trick in Oklahoma soccer history with her three scores against Big 12 rival Baylor on Sept. 27. Womack's final score gave her the career goals record at OU with 27, moving her past former Sooner Jonette Coquat (26). Womack has eight goals so far this season to push her career total to 28.
Senior forward Krissy Dawson is tied with teammate Shannon Wing and former Sooner Jonette Coquat for the Oklahoma career assists record with 15. Dawson leads the team with eight assists this season and 22 points.
Senior Shannon Wing is tied for the OU career assists record with 15. She's contributed seven assists and three goals this season. Wing has 18 starts in 18 games for 2002, extending her streak to 77-straight starts for OU over the past four seasons.
Freshman Lauren MacIver leads all newcomers at Oklahoma with 12 points for the Sooners this season (four goals, four assists). MacIver scored twice against Big 12 rival Texas Tech for her first multiple goal game at OU.
Nelson Making Impact
Freshman Becky Nelson has 10 points this season including four goals and two assists. She ranks fifth on the team in shots and scored her first multiple-goal game in a 2-0 Sooner win at Kansas on Oct. 13.
Oklahoma's 2002 schedule includes five teams ranked in the current NSCAA/adidas National Rankings. Stanford is No. 1 while Texas is ranked third with Santa Clara fourth, Texas A&M sixth and Nebraska 25th.
Big 12 Rankings
The Oklahoma Sooners are tied for seventh place with Kansas and Missouri in the latest NSCAA/Adidas Central rankings. Four additional Big 12 teams are ranked, including No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 6 Nebraska and No. 10 Colorado. In the national rankings, Texas holds down the No. 3 spot with Texas A&M at No. 6. Nebraska rounds out the poll at No. 25.
Head Coach Randy Evans
Randy Evans, in his fourth season as head coach of the Oklahoma soccer program, has the 2002 Sooners at 11-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners won a school-record 11 games last season while compiling a stellar 8-1-1 record at home and notched their first victories ever over conference rivals Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Missouri. OU came within a goal of upsetting Texas A&M -- the eventual tournament champion -- in its second consecutive appearance in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Forward Logan Womack became the first OU player to be named first team All-Big 12 while goalkeeper Catherine Wade and defender Christen Secrest garnered Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Twelve OU soccer student-athletes were also named Academic All-Big 12 selections.
Sooner Category Leaders
2002 Oklahoma Soccer Cumulative Statistics