Soccer Hosts No. 22 Missouri Friday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 09, 2008

Sooner Soccer (1-11, 0-3 Big 12)
 Game 13  vs. Missouri (8-3, 3-1) | Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. 
 Game 14  vs. Kansas (8-4, 2-2) | Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla.  |  John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)
 Internet  Live Stats 
 Promos | Tickets  First 500 fans receive OU pom pom | Call or Purchase Online
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF) | 2008 Media Guide

NORMAN, Okla. -- With seven games remaining on the 2008 slate, the OU soccer team (1-11, 0-3 Big 12) will play the first of five home contests this weekend with a pair of conference games.  The Sooners will battle No. 22 Missouri (8-3, 3-1) in the conference home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 and host Kansas (8-4, 2-2) on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Sooners and Tigers will get started on Friday at  7 p.m. at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex in Norman, Okla.

OU will welcome Kansas to John Crain Field on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fans can follow the action live from Norman this weekend on the internet with live stats on

The first 500 fans on Friday receive a free OU pom pom and the Sooners will sign autographs after the game.  Sunday is Sooner Kids Club Day (pregame activities) and kids eat free.

For tickets, call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free: (800) 456-GoOU the link above in the information box.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.  Group ticket rates are also available for 10 or more people at $3 a ticket.

OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson met with members of the media on Wednesday to discuss this weekend's opponents.  Click the links below to access the videos.

Video  The Sooners' head coach talks about Missouri
Video  Nelson previews the Jayhawks
Video  Coach Nelson talks about OU's play in the Big 12 and the remainder of the season

Since starting the season at 1-2, the Tigers are 7-1 and ranked No. 22 this week (Soccer America) and No. 25 (Soccer Times).  The Tigers are 3-1 in conference play (tied for second place) after topping Colorado, 1-0, and Texas Tech, 2-0, last weekend at home.

Missouri returns 16 letterwinners and 10 starters from a team that finished 13-8-1 overall in 2007 and posted a 6-4 Big 12 mark to finish fourth in the conference standings.  The 2008 Tigers were picked to finish third in the Big 12 by the league’s coaches.
Junior midfielder Kristin Andrighetto leads Missouri’s offense with five goals and 11 points.  She is joined by juniors Michelle Collins and Bree Thornton, the Tigers’ assist leaders with three.

The Tigers own a 6-4-1 series lead after they won last year’s meeting in Columbia, Mo., 3-0,  marking their second win in the last seven games with OU.  Missouri won the first four meetings in the series and is 3-2 all-time in games played in Norman.

The Jayhawks started 2008 with five consecutive wins but have struggled in the last seven games with a 3-4 mark.  Last weekend at home, Kansas downed Texas Tech, 2-0, before it suffered a 2-0 defeat to then-No. 17 Colorado.

Kansas returns 15 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that was below .500 overall in 2007 (7-10-4) but finished third in the Big 12 with a 5-2-3 record.  The Jayhawks currently sit in fifth place and were tabbed sixth in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll.

Junior Monica Dolinsky (6 goals, 3 assists) and freshman Emily Cressy (6 goals, 2 assists) lead the KU offense with 15 and 14 points, respectively.   Senior Jessica Bush leads all Jayhawks with five assists.

OU snapped a five-game losing streak against the Jayhawks last season with a 2-1 win last year on the road. KU leads the all-time, 8-4, but the two have split the four games played in Norman.

The Sooners finish the road portion of the 2008 slate at No. 10 Texas on Friday, Oct. 17 and at Baylor on Sunday, Oct. 19.

The Sooners suffered an 0-2 weekend after falling 2-0 at home to Oregon on Friday and then 5-0 at No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday.

Four of the Sooners’ defeats this season have been decided by one goal.  OU is 1-4 in one-goal games this season, with two of those losses played in extra time.  OU fell 3-2 in overtime at North Texas and most recently suffered a 2-1 decision at Texas Tech in double overtime.  The Sooners also dropped one-goal games to Rice, 1-0, at home and at Ole Miss, 2-1.

While OU is 0-3 against ranked opponents this season, they still have three more games against teams currently ranked in the top 25.  The loss on Sept. 19 against then-No. 11 LSU was the first of six ranked teams the Sooners were set to face over the final 12 games (lost to then-No. 18 Colorado and then-No. 7 Texas A&M).  The other three opponents currently in the top 25 include; No. 22 Missouri, No. 10 Texas and No. 13 Oklahoma State.

The Sooners are 0-9-1 in their last 10 games against ranked competition, with nine of those contests against Big 12 competition (lost 4-0 to then-No. 11 LSU on Sept. 19).  OU tied then-No. 10 Texas on the road on Oct. 1, 2006 and its last win against a ranked opponent was also against Texas.  OU topped the No. 21 Longhorns, 2-0, on Sept. 25, 2005 in Norman.

Sophomore forward Whitney Palmer’s goal against Ole Miss on Sept. 14 was the 10th of her career as she became the third fastest Sooner to accomplish the feat (tied with Jonette Coquat at 26 games).  Palmer is one of five Sooners to score 10 career goals in 30 games or less and she only trails Heather Morrison (20 games) and Logan Womack (23 games). 

Senior captain Katie Corbitt has played in more games (68) than any other Sooner on the 2008 roster.  Friday’s game will mark the Highland Village, Texas, native’s 48th consecutive start in a Sooner uniform.

The Sooners opened the 2008 season on the road and seven of their first 12 games are played away from the friendly confines of John Crain Field.  In contrast, the Sooners will play five of the final seven games of the regular season at home.



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