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Final Road Test of Regular Season Awaits
October 21, 2010

Oct. 21, 2010



OU (9-5-2, 4-2-1 Big 12) at Texas A&M (13-3, 6-1) and Texas (10-3-3, 3-2-2)
 Game 17 at Texas A&M  Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. CT
 Location  College Station, Texas | Aggie Soccer Stadium
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game 18 at Texas  Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Austin, Texas | Mike A. Myers Field
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. --The Sooner soccer team (9-5-2, 4-2-1 Big 12) is 5-1-1 in the last seven games and has three regular season contests remaining in 2010. The final road portion awaits as the Sooners start off the weekend on Friday, Oct. 22 at No. 7 Texas A&M (13-3, 6-1) at 7:30 p.m. The Aggies have won six straight games since dropping a match to Colorado on Sept. 24.

OU is coming off its second straight undefeated weekend after a scoreless tie against the high-powered Nebraska offense on Friday and a 2-1 win over Colorado in overtime on Sunday.

The Aggies return all 11 starters from the 2009 team that was 15-7-3 overall and second in the Big 12 standings with a 6-2-2 mark. Senior Alyssa Mautz leads the Aggies’ offense in 2010 with 10 goals and 23 points (tied for second with five assists). Junior college transfer Merrit Mathias is second on the team with nine goals, five assists and 23 points.

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.

Game 18 | at Texas
On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Sooners travel to Austin, Texas for a 7 p.m. game against the Texas Longhorns (10-3-3, 3-2-2). Texas was ranked as high as No. 18 earlier this year and hosts Oklahoma State on Friday night. Since starting the Big 12 slate with a 1-2-2 mark, the Longhorns have won three straight in conference play.

Texas returns seven starters from the 2009 team that finished sixth in the Big 12 with a 4-3-3 record and a 9-9-3 overall mark. Offensively, junior Kylie Doniak leads the Longhorns with nine assists and 15 points. She ranks third on the team with three goals behind freshman Leah Fortune (4 G, 4 A) and sophomore Kristin Cummins (5 G, 1 A).

The Sooners are 5-8-1 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.

On the Web
Fans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. A live webcast is also available for Sunday’s game on Texassports.com.

Player to Watch - #9 Dria Hampton | So. | MF | Piedmont, Okla.
The sophomore forward eclipsed her point total from last season with a goal against Colorado on Sunday. Hampton had three goals and four assists during her freshman campaign and already has four goals with three games remaining. The Piedmont, Okla., native leads OU with four assists and 41 shots, both top 10 marks in the Big 12 rankings.
2010 Stats: 16 games played (16 starts), four goals, four assists, 41 shots (19 on goal)

Texas A&M Series
A&M leads 14-1
Sept. 27, 2009, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 3, Texas A&M 1
Oct. 5, 2008, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 5, OU 0
Oct. 7, 2007, @ Norman, Okla. - Texas A&M 1, OU 0
Sept. 29, 2006, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 6, OU 1
Oct. 14, 2005, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 6, OU 2
Oct. 3, 2004, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 2, OU 1
Sept. 26, 2003, @ Norman, Okla. - Texas A&M 4, OU 1
Oct. 20, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - Texas A&M 1, OU 0
Nov. 8, 2001, @ San Antonio, Texas - Texas A&M 1, OU 0 (OT)
Oct. 26, 2001, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 2, OU 0
Nov. 3, 2000, @ San Antonio, Texas - Texas A&M 1, OU 0
Oct. 20, 2000, @ Norman, Okla. - Texas A&M 3, OU 1
Aug. 29, 1999, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 5, OU 0
Oct. 30, 1997, @ College Station, Texas - Texas A&M 2, OU 1
Oct. 7, 1996, @ Norman, Okla. - Texas A&M 4, OU 0

Texas Series
Texas leads 8-5-1
Sept. 25, 2009, @ Norman, Okla. - UT 2, OU 1
Oct. 17, 2008, @ Austin, Texas. - UT 4, OU 0
Oct. 28, 2007, @ Norman, Okla. - UT 4, OU 0
Oct. 1, 2006, @ Austin, Texas - OU 3, UT 3 (2OT)
Sept. 25, 2005, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 0
Oct. 1, 2004, @ Austin, Texas - UT 1, OU 0
Sept. 28, 2003, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 1
Oct. 18, 2002, @ Norman, Okla. - UT 3, OU 0
Oct. 28, 2001, @ Austin, Texas. - UT 3, OU 1
Nov. 1, 2000, @ San Antonio, Texas - OU 2, UT 0
Oct. 22, 2000, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 0
Aug. 27, 1999, @ Austin, Texas - UT 1, OU 0
Oct. 30, 1998, @ Norman, Okla. - OU 2, UT 0
Sept. 26, 1997, @ Austin, Texas - UT 9, OU 0

Last Time Out
The Sooners are 5-1-1 in the last seven games after going undefeated last week in Big 12 play. OU started off last week’s action with a double overtime scoreless tie against Nebraska at home on Thursday night. The Sooners played in overtime again on Sunday and came away with a 2-1 win against Colorado. Both results helped OU snap a five-game losing streak against the Huskers and Buffaloes.

Next Week
The Bedlam Series, presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, wraps up the regular season in Norman on Friday, Oct. 29. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. OSU owns a 13-2-1 advantage in the series and has won each of the last six meetings, including the 2010 season opener, a non-conference game, in Stillwater on Aug. 20. OSU won that game, 1-0, marking the 12th game in the 16 played that have been decided by one goal or less. The Sooners’ two wins in the Bedlam Series came in 2005 (Stillwater) and 2001 (Norman) and they played in a scoreless tie in Stillwater in 2003.

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 tied the career lead in points with 75. Logan Womack finished her career in 2003 with 34 goals and 75 points. Below is a look at Palmer’s program records:

Career Records
1st with 36 goals
1st with 77 points
3rd with nine game-winning goals
4th with 200 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

Down the Stretch
Two of OU’s final three games come against top 10 teams with No. 7 Texas A&M this week and No. 5 Oklahoma State in the regular season finale in Norman. OU’s other opponent, Texas, has also been ranked this season as high as No. 18 in 2010.

Best Since 2005
With the win on Sunday over Colorado, OU improved to 9-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in Big 12 play. The Sooners last won nine games overall and four games in Big 12 play was in 2005 (OU finished 13-6-1 and 5-4-1 that season).

Overtime Win
OU was without a win in the last 15 overtime games before Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Colorado in extra time. The Sooners’ last overtime win was also against Colorado on Oct. 2, 2005 in Norman (OU won 2-1).

Striking First
The Sooners are 8-1-1 when scoring the game’s initial goal this season. On the other side, OU is 1-4 when the opponent strikes first. OU has scored first in five of the last seven games with a 5-1-1 record in that span, including its first victory when surrendering the game’s first goal (vs. Colorado).

Offensive Explosion
Oklahoma started the season with 10 goals in the first nine contests, a 1.11 per game average. In the last seven games, OU has found the back of the net on 21 occasions, a 3.0 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).

One-Goal Games
Twelve of the 16 games in 2010 have been decided by one goal or less with OU holding a 7-3-2 record. The Sooners have already surpassed the win total from a year ago in those decisive games and are tied for lead the Big 12 in wins in that category with OSU. 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).



 

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