Soccer Hosts Oregon Friday at 7 p.m.

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 02, 2008
 OKlahoma (1-9) vs. Oregon (6-2-1) and No. 7 Texas A&M (8-1-1)
 Game 11  Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. vs. Oregon
 Location  Norman, Okla.  |  John Crain Field (Capacity: 3,500)
 Game 12  Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at No. 7 Texas A&M
 Location  College Station, Texas |  Aggie Soccer Stadium (3,000)
 Internet  Friday: Live Stats & Webcast  | Live Stats and Video on Sunday
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF) | 2008 Media Guide

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (1-9, 0-2 Big 12) aims to snap a seven-game losing skid as it takes a short break from Big 12 play this Friday, Oct. 3, with the final non-conference game of the season. 

OU will host Oregon (6-2-1) at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners return to conference play on Sunday, Oct. 5 with a 1:30 p.m. meeting with No. 7 Texas A&M (8-1-1, 1-0-1) at the Aggie Soccer Stadium in College Station, Texas.

Video  Click here to access Coach Nelson's preview of this weekend's games.

Fans can follow the action live from Norman this Friday on the internet with live stats on and a live webcast on Oklahoma All-Access, the site's premium broadband channel.  Live stats and video will be available for free on Sunday from College Station and the link can be accessed on

For tickets, call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free (800) 456-GoOU.  Tickets can also be purchased at the main ticket office in Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium or at the OU Soccer Complex on the day of the game.

OU will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night with public address announcements in English and Spanish and former OU running back Jacob Gutierrez will make an appearance prior to the game. In addition, the first 250 fans will receive a Sooner Soccer Stadium cup filled with a soft drink and the team will sign autographs following the game.

Since starting the season at 1-2, the Ducks have not suffered a loss over the last six games, posting a 5-0-1 mark.  Oregon most recently defeated Weber State last weekend at home, 1-0, and have had success on the road as well, going 2-0-1.  The Ducks also topped Utah State, Utah, Saint Mary's, UC Riverside and Portland State this season.

Oregon returns 17 letterwinners and nine starters from a team that finished 8-8-4 overall in 2007.  The Ducks posted a 1-4-4 mark a year ago in the Pac-10 and tied for seventh in the conference standings. 
Oregon was picked seventh this season and is led by sophomore forward Jen Stoltenberg (five goals and five assists).

OU and Oregon have met on one occasion, with the Ducks winning a 4-0 contest during the 1996 season, the first year in program history for the Sooners.  Oklahoma is 2-3 all-time against current members of the Pac-10.

Texas A&M enters the week ranked as high as No. 7 in the coaches' poll after suffering its first tie of the season at then-No. 10 Texas last Friday.  The Aggies rebounded to down Baylor on Sunday and are unbeaten in their last six games.  Their only loss of the season came in game three, when North Carolina, currently ranked No. 2, won 3-2 in College Station.

The Aggies, who return six starters and 12 letterwinners, were picked to finish second in the Big 12 after winning the regular season crown last season with a 18-4-2 overall record and 9-1 mark in conference  play.  Texas A&M lost the conference championship to Texas, which would later defeat the Aggies again in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Texas A&M is led by sophomore Rachel Shipley with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists).  Junior Cydne Currie and freshman Jennifer Kmezich are the squad's top goal scorers with four each.

OU has never defeated Texas A&M,  but six of the thirteen meetings have been decided by one goal.  That includes the Aggies' 1-0 win last year in Norman.  OU is 0-6 in games played in College Station.

Coach Nelson talks about Kraft's development in 2008
The Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native is one of five freshman this season to play in every game.  Kraft has started eight games for the Sooners on defense and has displayed play-making ability from the back line.  Kraft scored OU's first goal of the year in the opener.

The Sooners return home to host Missouri (6-3, 1-1)  in the Big 12 home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.  On Sunday, OU will host Kansas (7-3, 1-1) at 1 p.m.

The Sooners were unable to snap their losing streak as they opened Big 12 play on the road over the weekend.  OU was blanked, 5-0, at No. 18 Colorado on Friday.  In Lubbock, Texas, on Sunday, the Sooners were edged 2-1 in double overtime by Texas Tech despite leading 1-0 at the half.

Four of the Sooners' nine 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.

Sophomore Whitney Palmer already ranks in a tie for 10th place with 11 career goals scored at OU.  Palmer is also tied for fifth all-time with four career game-winning goals.  Palmer's four game winners scored in 2007 ranks in a tie for third in a single season. 

While OU has already played the likes of Colorado College, Memphis, Ole Miss, LSU and Colorado, the schedule only gets tougher in terms of playing ranked opponents.  The loss on Sept. 19 against then-No. 11 LSU was the first of five ranked teams the Sooners will face over the final 12 games (lost to then-No. 18 Colorado).  The other three opponents currently in the top 25 include; No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Texas and No. 12 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 (66) than any other Sooner on the 2008 roster.  Friday's game will mark the Highland Village, Texas, native's 46th consecutive start in a Sooner uniform.

The Sooners' first victory of the season also came during their first game where they finished with the advantage in shots.  OU outshot Ball State, 15-11, and has won six of the last seven games when leading the opposition in shots.  Despite a 16-11 advantage in shots against Rice, OU fell to 1-1 on the season when leading that category.  It marked the first loss when the Sooners led the category since Oct. 22, 2006 when OU fell to Nebraska, 1-0,  after leading 12-11 in the shot total.

GK - 1  |  Lisa Jett  |  5-11  |  RS-Fr.  |  College Station, Texas (UCLA)
The Sooners' starter in goal in every game this season ... Posted a season-high nine saves at Texas Tech ... Leads the Big 12 with 58 saves ... Transferred after redshirting at UCLA in 2007.

D - 4  |  Ashley Bolden  |  5-5  |  So.  |  Lewisville, Texas  (Hockaday School)
Posted a start in all but one game this season on defense ... Suspended one game for receiving two yellow cards against Central Michigan ... Started all 19 games last season as a freshman.

D - 24  |  Katie Corbitt  |  5-8  |  Sr.  |  Highland Village, Texas (Marcus H.S.)
Co-captain with Kelsey Allison ... Started every game this season and the last 45 at OU ... Played in more games than any other Sooner (66) on the current roster ... Tallied first and only assist of the season in the opener at Colorado College (fourth of career).

D - 16  |  Kelsey Kraft  |  5-11  |  Fr.  |  Ranco Santa Margarita, Calif. (Rancho Margarita Catholic H.S.)
Played in all 10 games with eight starts ... One of four freshmen to start at least five games this season (Michelle Alexander, Lisa Jett and Jordan White) ... Scored first career goal in season opener at Colorado College.

D/MF - 12  |  Michelle Alexander  |  5-6  |  Fr.  |  Sugarland, Texas (Clements H.S.)
Started all 10 games ... One of four freshmen to start at least five games this season (Kelsey Kraft, Lisa Jett and Jordan White) ... Fired only shot of the season at Ole Miss.

MF - 9  |  Kelsey Allison  |  5-4  |  So.  |  Keller, Texas (Southlake Carroll H.S.)
Co-captain with Katie Corbitt ... Played in all 10 games with seven starts ...  OU leader in assists with three ... Tallied assists in consecutive games against Central Michigan and Ball State ... Also assisted on goal at Texas Tech ... Ranks third on the team with 16 shots ... Played in 18 games in 2007 with 13 starts.

MF - 5  |  Tiana Dickson  |  5-9  |  So.  |  Orange, Calif (El Modena H.S.)
Started every game in 2008 ... Recorded a career-high three shots against Rice ... Started all 19 games last season ... Second on the current roster with 29 consecutive starts.

MF - 7  |  Jordan White  |  5-5  |  Fr.  |  Chandler, Ariz. (Basha H.S.)
Played in all ten games with seven starts ... One of four freshmen to start at least five games this season (Michelle Alexander, Kelsey Kraft and Lisa Jett) ... Scored game-winning goal against Ball State.

F - 6  |  Lauren Alkek  |  5-4  |  So.  |  Victoria, Texas (Memorial H.S.)
Started all 10 games this season ... Tallied first career assist at Ole Miss ... Fired season-high two shots against then-No. 11 LSU ... Played in 13 games last season with 10 starts after suffering knee injury in third game of the year against Oral Roberts.

F - 10  |  Sage Coralli  |  5-8  |  So.  |  Dallas, Texas (Pepperdine)
Started all 10 games this season ... Tallied first assist against Central Michigan ... Second on squad with 19 shots ... Recorded season-high four shots against Central Michigan and Rice ... Transferred from Pepperdine after scoring a goal with three assists in 2007.

F - 8  |  Whitney Palmer  |  5-5  |  So.  |  Plano, Texas (Plano East H.S.)
Leading goal scorer in 2008 with five (tied for sixth in Big 12) ... Started all ten games ... Scored a goal in three consecutive games (Central Michigan, Ball State and North Texas) ... Also scored a goal at Ole Miss and at Texas Tech ... Leads OU with 35 shots (15 on goal) ... Fired a career-high eight shots at Texas Tech (four on goal) ... Tied for 10th all-time at OU with 11 career goals ... Led OU with six goals, including four game winners, in 2007 when she played in 19 games with 18 starts.



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