Soccer Faces Texas Tech at 1 p.m.

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 04, 2009

Oct. 4, 2009

Soccer (6-5-1, 1-2) at Texas Tech (7-4-1, 2-0-1)
 Game 13  Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m. (CT) | John Walker Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game Info  2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners' matchup at Texas Tech (7-4-1, 2-0-1 Big 12) on Sunday gets underway at 1 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock.  OU will look to bounce back from Friday's 5-1 defeat at Colorado on Friday and win its first road game of the year.

The Red Raiders opened Big 12 play last weekend at home with a 2-0 win over Iowa State and a 3-3 double overtime tie to Nebraska. Most recently, Texas Tech topped Baylor at home on Friday with a 1-0 victory.

Texas Tech return 18 letterwinners and eight starters from last season's team that finished 8-10-1 and eighth in the Big 12 standings at 3-7-0.  The Red Raiders are 3-1-1 at home in 2009 and the offense is led by Dawn Ward, who ranks third in the Big 12 with eight goals, including two game winners.   Ward is one of seven players on the Texas Tech roster with two or more goals. 

The Sooners own a 6-5-1 edge in the all-time series after the Red Raiders won last year's meeting in Lubbock, 2-1, in double overtime.  The win snapped a seven-game winless streak for Texas Tech, which is 3-2 at home against Oklahoma.  Last year's game was the seventh decided by one goal in the series and third played in overtime between OU and Tech.  OU is 2-4-1 in those games.

On the Web
Fans can follow Sunday's game on the web with a link to live stats available above and on the schedule page found on 

Next Weekend
The Sooners conclude the four-game road trip at Iowa State on Oct. 9 (7 p.m.) and at Nebraska on Oct. 11 (1 p.m.).

Last Time Out | Recap
Nikki Marshall and the Buffaloes were too much for the Sooners on Friday at Prentup Field as Oklahoma fell 5-1 at Colorado. Marshall, the Buffaloes' star senior proved why she is an All-American and member of the U.S. National Team with four goals and an assist, including a hat-trick in the second half, as Colorado (7-5) remained atop the Big 12 standings with a 4-0 mark.

Player to Watch: Whitney Palmer
The junior was honored by the Big 12 Conference, Soccer America and on Tuesday following her three-goal performance over the weekend.  Her two goals scored against then-No. 13 Texas A&M helped give OU its first program win over the Aggies.  Palmer entered the weekend tied for third nationally with 10 goals and ranks second in the Big 12.
2009 Season Stats: 12 starts, 11 goals, two assists, 24 points, 47 shots (29 on goal)

Palmer Records Hat Trick; Moves into Third
Junior forward Whitney Palmer became the second player in school history to record a hat trick on Aug. 30 vs. Tulsa, tying the mark set by Logan Womack in 2002, the program's all-time leading goal scorer.  Palmer was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts and has since moved into sole possession of third place on OU's all-time goals scored list.   Below is a look the top four goal scorers in OU history:

 Rank, Player  Goals  Years
 1.  Logan Womack  34  2000-03
 2.  Jonette Coquat  26  1998-01
 3.  Whitney Palmer  25  2007-present




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