Oct. 6, 2011
|OU (5-8, 0-2) at Texas (8-4, 2-2)||Game 14 at Texas||Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. CT|
|Location||Austin, Texas | Mike A. Myers Soccer Stadium|
|Internet||Live Stats | Audio webcast (paid)|
|Additional Info||Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter|
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma (5-8 overall, 0-2 Big 12) travels to Austin, Texas, for its first road Big 12 Conference game on Friday, Oct. 7. The 7 p.m. game against Texas (8-4, 2-2) will be televised on the Longhorn Network with Glen Davis (play-by-play) and Monica Gonzalez (color) providing the commentary. Contact your local cable provider for coverage in your area.
Texas has split each of its first two weekends of Big 12 play, including last week’s 1-1 mark on the road at Kansas and Missouri. The Longhorns lost 3-2 in overtime at Kansas on Friday but bounced back with a 2-1 decision at Missouri on Sunday. Texas began the season at 5-2, but is 3-3 in its last six games.
The UT offense is led by senior forward Kyle Doniak, who has missed the last four games but has five goals and three assists. Junior goalkeeper Alexa Gaul has started every game for the Longhorns and has four shutouts, 33 saves and a 1.08 goals-against average.
The Longhorns return eight starters from the 2010 team that finished 11-6-4 and made an appearance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (L, 3-1 to James Madison). Texas finished fifth in the Big 12 standings a year ago with a 4-3-3 mark and were picked to finish fourth by the Big 12 coaches in 2011.
The Sooners are 7-8-1 all-time against the Longhorns (1-5-1 in Austin) despite winning a pair of one goals games last season. OU won the regular season contest on Oct. 24 in Austin, 2-1 in double overtime on Dria Hampton’s game-winning goal. It marked OU’s first win in Austin in seven meetings. Less than two weeks later, OU dropped then-No. 21 Texas, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to the 2010 season, OU dropped three straight games in the series. Last year’s double overtime game was the second contest in the series played past regular time. OU and Texas tied 3-3 on Oct. 1, 2006 in Austin. Seven of the 16 all-time meetings have been decided by one goal or less and OU and Texas are tied at 3-3-1 in those decisions. Head coach Nicole Nelson is 2-2 at the Sooners’ helm against her former employer. Nelson was an assistant coach at Texas in 2006 and 2007.
On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for the game with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. A live audio broadcast is also available on the web for a fee via TexasSports.com’s All-Access.
Player to Watch - Caitlin Mooney | Jr. | F | Edmond, Okla.
The junior forward is tied for the team lead in goals with four and ranks second with 11 points and three assists, but she has just one goal in the last seven games. Mooney was responsible for scoring the game-winning goal against Texas last season in the Big 12 quarterfinals. She has 11 goals and six assists in her 35 career games at Oklahoma.
2011 Stats: 12 starts, four goals, three assists, 20 shots (12 on goal)
Last Time Out
The Sooners dropped a pair of home games over the weekend to begin the Big 12 portion of the slate. On Friday, OU dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 2 Oklahoma State in front of 2,002 fans. On Sunday, the Sooners lost 2-0 to Texas Tech.
OU returns to Norman for the final two home games of the 2011 regular season. The Sooners host Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 14 and the game will be televised on a tape delay by the Sooner Sports Network on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. on Cox Ch. 3/703 HD in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. ISU leads the all-time series, 8-5-2 while OU won last year’s meeting, 4-3, in Ames.
The Sooners’ final home game on Oct. 16 against Missouri marks the first nationally televised game from John Crain Field on ESPNU. The 1 p.m. game will also mark “Senior Day” for the Sooners’ six seniors. Missouri leads the all-time series, 9-4-1, and won the 2010 contest, 2-1, in Columbia.
Final Five Games
After this weekend, OU has just five games remaining on the 2011 regular season slate. Three of those games will occur on the road (at Texas A&M, at Baylor and at Kansas) after the Sooners host Iowa State and Missouri next weekend.
Petrikin’s Move Paying Off
When sophomore Amy Petrikin moved back to the forward position against Arizona on Sept. 11, 2011, the Tulsa native found the back of the net twice in the Sooners’ 4-2 win. She also scored in the next game against BYU, giving her four goals in four games dating back to her first career goal against Missouri State. She was recruited as a forward from Bishop Kelly H.S., but started the first three games of 2011 on defense. As a true freshman, Petrikin played in 17 games at a variety of positions, with two starts, but did not score a goal.
The Sooners have found success this season when posting the game’s first goal. All five of OU’s wins have come when posting the first goal of the game. Consequently, each of OU’s eight defeats have come after allowing the game’s first goal. In 2010, OU was 11-2-2 when scoring first (1-6-1 when not).
Spreading the Wealth
The Sooners scored one goal during the three-game losing streak earlier this season, but tallied seven in the two wins on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 with five different goal scorers. The Sooners have 18 goals in their five wins and three goals in the eight losses. Overall, OU has 21 goals scored in 2011 with nine different Sooners finding the back of the net.
Quartet Leads the Offense
Michelle Alexander, Dria Hampton, Caitlin Mooney and Amy Petrikin lead the team in 2011 with four goals apiece. OU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are the only Big 12 teams with at least four players with four goals or more. OU also accomplished that feat in 2010, 2003 and 2001. In 2005, OU set a program record with 37 goals as five different Sooners had at least four goals.
Four of OU’s 13 games have been decided by one goal in 2011, each resulting in a loss. In 2010, 17 of the 22 games were decided by one goal or less with a 10-4-3 record. 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 year (2008).
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She followed up that stellar debut with six more shutouts in 2010. She ranks third all-time at OU with 14 career shutouts after blanking UAB in the 2011 season opener and BYU on Sept. 17. She also ranks third all-time at OU with 244 saves (trails Jennifer Nichols with 303).
Junior Dria Hampton led OU in assists in each of her first two seasons and again leads the team in 2011 with four, matching her 2010 total. On Sept. 19 at LSU, Hampton moved into a tie for fifth place all-time at OU with 13 career assists.