Soccer Faces Crucial Road Weekend

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 16, 2008
Sooner Soccer (1-12-1, 0-4-1 Big 12)
 Game 15  at Texas (9-2-2, 2-2-1) | Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. 
 Location  Austin, Texas | Mike A. Myers Stadium (20,000)
 Game 16  at Baylor (5-7-1, 1-3-1) | Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.
 Location  Waco, Texas | Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field (3,000)
 Internet  Sunday: Live Stats and Audio
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF) | 2008 Media Guide

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners (1-12-1 overall, 0-4-1 Big 12) will look to build off last weekend’s tie against Kansas with the final two road games of the regular season.  The Sooners have five games remaining on the season and sit in a tie for 11th place in the Big 12 standings.  The top eight teams in the Big 12 advance to the conference tournament, set to be played in San Antonio, Texas from Nov. 5-9.

Oklahoma begins the weekend with the Red River Rivalry against No. 12 Texas (9-2-2, 2-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.

The Sooners conclude the road portion of the 2008 slate at Baylor  (5-7-2, 1-3-1) on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. in Waco, Texas

Fans can follow the action live from both road games this weekend with free links available on above in the quick information box.  On Friday, there will be live video and stats from Austin and on Sunday, live stats and audio will be available from Waco.

The No. 12 Longhorns, tied for sixth in the Big 12, started the season strong with a 7-0-2 mark, but have suffered losses in each of the last two weekends.  Most recently, Texas lost at then-No. 22 Colorado, 1-0, and won on the road at Texas Tech, 1-0.

Texas was picked to win the Big 12 Conference in 2008 and return 18 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that finished 16-4-5 overall in 2007.  The Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 at 6-2-2 and won the Big 12 Championship before advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman Courtney Goodson is UT’s leading goal scorer with five tallies and senior Courtney Gaines leads the way with five assists. 

OU and Texas have split the last five meetings (2-2-1), including the last game in Austin, a 3-3 double overtime tie.  Texas leads the all-time series 6-5-1 and won the 2007 contest in Norman, 4-0.    OU is 0-4-1 all-time in games played in Austin.


Baylor is 1-3-2 in its last six games after starting 2008 with a 4-4 mark.  The Bears dropped two games last weekend, a 2-1 loss at Texas Tech on Friday and a 4-0 loss at Colorado on Sunday.

The Bears currently sit in ninth place in the conference standings after being picked 11th in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll.  Baylor returns 16 letterwinners and five starters from a 2007 team that was 7-10-2 overall and 1-8-1 in the Big 12 (10th place). 

Senior Andi Fagan leads the Bears’ offense with four goals and 10 points.  Freshman Christine Clark is the squad’s assist leader with three. 

Oklahoma leads Baylor, 5-4-2, in 11 all-time meetings and is 4-1-1 in the last six games in the series.  The Sooners topped the Bears, 3-1, in Norman last season.  Baylor won 2-1 during the last meeting in Waco and owns 3-1 advantage in the series when playing at home.

The Sooners return home to finish the regular season with a three-game home stand.  OU will host Nebraska on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and Iowa State on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.  The Sooners conclude the regular season with the Ford Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The Sooners finished 0-1-1 last weekend with a pair of home games that started with a 2-0 loss to No. 22 Missouri on Friday.  OU bounced back on Sunday to snap a 10-game losing skid with a 1-1 double overtime tie to Kansas on Sunday.

First year head coach Nicole Nelson will face two familiar foes this weekend.  Nelson was an assistant at Texas in 2006 and 2007 when the Longhorns won the Big 12 Tournament Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16.  She also coached as an assistant on Baylor’s staff in 2005.

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.

Sophomore Whitney Palmer moved into sole possession of 10th place all-time in career goals scored at OU on Oct. 12 against Kansas.  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 is 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, two games remain 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, then-No. 7 Texas A&M and then-No. 22 Missouri).  The other two opponents currently in the top 25 include No. 12 Texas and No. 11 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).  In that span, 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.

Senior captain Katie Corbitt has played in more games (70) than any other Sooner on the 2008 roster.  Friday’s game will mark the Highland Village, Texas, native’s 50th consecutive start in a Sooner uniform.  Corbitt’s 70 games played ranks eighth all-time at OU while her 59 career starts are tied for 10th all-time.




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