Soccer Hosts Pivotal Big 12 Action this Week

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 13, 2010

Oct. 13, 2010

OU (8-5-1, 3-2 Big 12) vs. Nebraska (11-4, 4-2) & Colorado (6-7-1, 2-3-1)
 Game 15 vs. Nebraska  Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Promos/Tickets  Year of the Fan Night | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game 16 vs. Colorado  Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Promos/Tickets  Gridiron and Goals | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (8-5-1, 3-2-1 Big 12) returns home this week to host a pair of pivotal conference games. The action kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 14 against Nebraska, which sits one slot ahead of OU in the Big 12 standings at 4-2. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. in Norman. Nebraska (11-4) has won three straight, all in conference play, after starting the Big 12 slate at 1-2.

OU is coming off its second 2-0 weekend of the season. The Sooners stepped out of conference play on Friday and tied a program record for goals scored in the 8-0 win over Francis Marion. On Sunday at Kansas, OU completed the weekend sweep with a 3-1 win.

The Huskers return eight starters from the 2009 team that was 11-5-4 overall and fourth in the Big 12 standings with a 5-3-2 mark. Sophomore forward Morgan Marlborough, the reigning Big 12 Offensive Playe rof the Year and Newcomer of the Year, once again leads the Nebraska offense with 15 goals (third in the nation). As a true freshman a year ago, she tallied 21 goals.

The Huskers have won five straight over the Sooners and lead the overall series 12-2. With the exception of last season’s 5-2 win by NU in Lincoln, four of the games during that winning streak were decided by one goal. Eight of the 14 meetings were tightly contested with NU holding a 6-2 advantage in one-goal games. OU’s two series wins are in 2004 (Norman) and 2000 (Lincoln).

Game 16 | vs. Colorado
On Sunday, Oct. 17, the Sooners remain home to host Colorado (6-7-1, 2-3-1) at 1 p.m. The Buffaloes play at Oklahoma State on Thursday night. CU is 1-3-3 since upsetting then-No. 10 UCLA and then-No. 5 Texas A&M in back-to-back games in late September.

Colorado returns eight starters from the 2009 team that finished third in the Big 12 with a 6-4 record (9-10 overall). Offensively, the Buffaloes are led by Kym Lowry with three goals and 10 points (also tied for team lead with four assists). Five other Buffaloes are tied for second on the team with five goals. Annie Brunner has four shutouts in goal for Colorado.

The Sooners are 4-9-1 all-time against the Buffaloes after dropping five straight. Colorado won 5-1 in the last meeting in 2009 in Boulder. OU is 3-2-1 in Norman against Colorado and the Buffaloes hold a 4-2-1 advantage in games decided by one goal or less.

Player to Watch - #8 Whitney Palmer | Sr. | F | Plano, Texas
The senior forward became OU’s all-time leading goal scorer (35) and points leader (76)with two goals and two assists over the weekend. A year ago in Lincoln, Palmer netted two goals, her third multi-goal game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Nebraska’s Morgan Marlborough had a hat trick in the 5-2 Husker win.
2010 Stats: 14 games played (14 starts), six goals, three assists, 31 shots (16 on goal)

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on A live webcast is also available for both games on Oklahoma All-Access,’s premium site.

Tickets are available ($8 adult and $5 youth) at the OU Athletic Ticket Office on Asp Avenue (Monday through Friday), by phone at 800-456-GoOU, at the gate of the OU Soccer Complex on gameday or by visiting online.

Thursday Promotions - Year of the Fan Night
First 1,000 fans receive Soccer Year of the Fan Pins
$100 Gift Card courtesy of Circle K
$50 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card
Oklahoma Bicycle
Authentic game-worn No. 12 OU football jersey
$20 Gift Card to Smoothie King (Stubbeman Village)
FREE oil change, dinner for two and chauffer to and from dinner courtesy of Fowler Volkswagen
Faculty/Staff Night
Pre-game SAAC Faculty & Staff Appreciation Dinner
Raffle for Faculty/Staff prizes

Sunday Promotions - Gridiron & Goals
$4 Admission with OU vs. Iowa State Football ticket stub
$4 Admission for youth (8th grade or younger) at gate in youth club team soccer jersey
500 OU lunchboxes for kids

Last Time Out
Oklahoma went 2-0 over the weekend and has won four out of the last five games. On Friday, the Sooners tied a program record with eight goals during the 8-0 shutout over visiting Francis Marion. On Sunday, OU completed the weekend sweep with a 3-1 win at Kansas, its second road win in conference play and second straight win in Lawrence.

Next Week
OU faces its final road weekend of the regular season at Texas A&M and Texas. The Sooners start off the weekend on Friday, Oct. 22 at No. 7 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. The Sooners broke a 14-game losing streak to the Aggies last season with a 3-1 win in Norman. The victory over the then-No. 13 Aggies was the first in the series for OU. Six of the 15 meetings have been decided by one goal.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Sooners will battle the Texas Longhorns in Austin at 7 p.m. The Sooners are 4-8-1 all-time against the Longhorns after dropping the third straight meeting last year in Norman, 2-1. OU is 0-5-1 in games played in Austin.

Fastest Goal in OU History
Whitney Palmer's goal scored at Kansas on Sunday in the first 11 seconds of the game is the fastest by a Sooner. Below are the only goals scored in under the first minute of a game by a Sooner.

1. Oct. 10, 2010 – 00:11, Palmer against Kansas
2. September 6, 2002 - 00:21, Shannon Wing against Drury
3. September 10, 2006 - 00:26, Kady Kelly against Stephen F. Austin
4. August 29, 2004 -00:54, Allyson Kucera against Saint Louis

Palmer Becomes OU’s All-Time Scorer
On Oct. 8, 2010 against Francis Marion, senior Whitney Palmer tied OU’s career goals record with 34. Two days later at Kansas, Palmer turned in her second straight one goal and one assist performance to move into sole possession of OU’s career goals mark and the career lead in points with 76. She passed Logan Womack, who finished her career in 2003 with 34 goals and 75 points. Below is a look at Palmer’s eight program records:

Career Records
1st with 35 goals
1st with 76 points
3rd with eight game-winning goals
4th with 197 shots

Single Season Records
1st with 15 goals in 2009
1st with 32 points in 2009
4th with eight goals in 2008
10th with 16 points in 2008
T-3rd with four game winners in 2007

Misc. Records
Fastest goal in OU history (11 seconds)
T-1st with three goals in a game
T-1st with goals in four consecutive games
T-1st with two assists in one game

Mooney Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Sophomore forward Caitlin Mooney was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for games played from Oct. 8-10. It is the first career honor for Mooney, who transferred from the University of Maryland after helping the Terrapins to the Sweet 16 in 2009. The Edmond, Okla., native had her best two-game performance at OU over the weekend with two goals and an assist as the Sooners topped Francis Marion and Kansas.

Offensive Explosion
Oklahoma started the season with 10 goals in the first nine contests, a 1.11 per game average. In the last five games, OU has found the back of the net on 19 occasions, a 3.8 goals per game average. Included in that span, was the 8-0 victory over Francis Marion, which tied a program record for most goals scored in a game (won 8-0 over Alabama A&M in 2007 and won 8-1 over Drury in 1997).

Striking First
The Sooners are 8-1-1 when scoring the game’s initial goal this season. On the other side, OU is 0-4 when the opponent strikes first. OU has scored first in each of the last five games with a 4-1 record in that span.

One-Goal Games
Ten of the 14 games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 6-3-1 record. The Sooners have already surpassed the win total from a year ago in those decisive games and lead the Big 12 in wins in that category. 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 season (2008).

Palmer’s Hot Streaks
Following two goals vs. Missouri State and Rice, senior Whitney Palmer scored in three straight games for the fifth time in her career. Since starting the season scoreless after three contests, Palmer tallied a goal in each of the next three games. In 2009, she recorded two such streaks, each featuring five goals, and became the second Sooner in program history to score in four straight games (Lauren MacIver scored in four straight in 2005). Palmer started her career with four goals in three games played in 2007 and also had a three-game streak in 2008.

Kraft’s Return
Junior Kelsey Kraft scored her first goal on Sept. 26, 2010 versus Baylor in over a year, when she netted the game-winner against then-No. 13 Texas A&M (Sept. 27, 2009). Kraft tore her ACL in practice the following week and missed the remainder of her sophomore campaign. She finished the Baylor game with the first two-goal performance of her career after coming off the bench. The goals came three minutes apart from each other. She scored in three straight games and is third on the team with four goals, all in Big 12 play.

20 Deep
OU showcased what is probably Nicole Nelson’s deepest squad in the season opener at then-No. 19 OSU. Twenty players saw time in the season opener, including eight freshmen. OU has averaged 20 players per game in 2010, including four other contests with 20 players used. Overall, 26 players have seen time on the field this season, including 10 newcomers.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She has started all 33 games and played all but 113 minutes of those contests since stepping foot on campus. Devonshire has three shutouts in 2010 against Tulsa, Rice and UC Santa Barbara. She ranks fourth all-time at OU with nine career shutouts. Below is a look at the players listed above her:

1 - Catharine Wade (2001-04) - 18
2 - Jennifer Nichols (2004-07) - 16
3 - Jana Cunningham (1999-2002) - 11
4 - Kelsey Devonshire (2009-present) - 9

Newcomers Making their Mark
Ten newcomers (nine true freshmen) have logged minutes out of the 26 players to see the field in 2010, including seven starters. In addition, 13 out of OU’s 29 goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including eight from freshmen (Bailey Boulware, Zoe Dickson, Annalisa Hall, Samantha Howell and Emily Reid).Caitlin Mooney, a sophomore transfer from Maryland, leads all newcomers with five goals.




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