Oct. 27, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team has one game remaining in the regular season and after going 2-2-1 in the last five contests, the Sooners find themselves in a position to earn a possible bid to the Big 12 Championship.
The finale is slated against in-state rival Oklahoma State. The Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, is set for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Oct. 31 at John Crain Field in Norman.
For the fifth time in the last eight years, the rivalry game will decide a potential bid in the conference tournament.
OU has played well down the stretch and needs one more victory to collect the No. 8 seed in the Big 12 Championship. A win over OSU would set up a first round game on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas against the regular season champion.
The No. 9 Cowgirls (15-1-2, 6-1-2) have already clinched a spot in the postseason.
The high stakes are nothing new to the Bedlam Series, which is led 10-2-1 by Oklahoma State. Since the series started in 1996, 11 of the 13 meetings have been decided by one goal and four contests have ended in overtime.
The Cowgirls have won the last three meetings in the series but the last time the game presented a do-or-die situation to either team, OU won 3-2 in Stillwater in 2005.
The 2005 win came at the end of the regular season and earned the Sooners a No. 7 seed in the conference tournament. Lauren MacIver scored two goals in the decisive contest on Oct. 28, including the game-winning goal in the 88th minute which ended the Cowgirls’ season.
During the 2005 Big 12 Championship, OU went on to lose, 2-0, to No. 2 seeded Colorado in the first round of the tournament.
In 2004, the roles were reversed as OSU ended the Sooners’ postseason hopes in the season finale on Oct. 29 in Norman. The Cowgirls’ Nikki Wojtowicz scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half. Oklahoma State went on to lose in the first round of the Big 12 Championship as the No. 7 seed against No. 2 seeded Texas A&M, 3-0.
The 2004 outcome was identical to the end of the 2002 season. The only difference was the location as the Cowgirls ended the Sooners’ season in Stillwater with a 3-2 victory. The game is remembered for OSU’s late rally which saw the Cowgirls score three goals in the final six minutes. At the Big 12 Championship, OSU again lost in the first round, 5-0, to No. 2 seeded Texas A&M.
The Sooners won the first Bedlam game that decided a berth in the Big 12 Championship in 2001. That contest saw Krissy Dawson score two goals, including the game winner in overtime, as OU rallied from an early 1-0 deficit in front of a then-record crowd of 1,325 fans at the OU Soccer Complex.
The Sooners’ 2-1 victory in 2001 ended the Cowgirls’ postseason hopes and qualified Oklahoma for its second consecutive Big 12 postseason appearance. Unfortunately, Oklahoma fell 1-0 to No. 3 seeded Texas A&M in the first round.