Soccer Hosts Patriots Friday at 7 p.m.

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 07, 2010

Oct. 7, 2010

OU (6-5-1, 2-2 Big 12) vs. Francis Marion (3-10-1) & Kansas (5-7-0, 1-3-0)
 Game 13 vs. FMU  Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field - OU Soccer Complex
 Promos/Tickets  Salsa lessons, soccer scarves & more | $8 adult, $5 youth
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Game 14 at Kansas  Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. CT
 Location  Lawrence, Kan. | Jayhawk Soccer Complex
 Internet  Live Stats
 Game Info  2010 Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner soccer team (6-5-1) will battle one more non-conference opponent on Friday, Oct. 8 as Francis Marion (3-10-1) invades John Crain Field for the first meeting between the two programs. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. in Norman.

OU is coming off a split last weekend on the road, its first full weekend of Big 12 action away from home. The Sooners topped Iowa State on Friday, 4-3, and fell to Missouri on Sunday by a 2-1 decision.

The Patriots return six starters from the 2009 team that was 3-12-1. Francis Marion is an independent program and is competing in its 16th year. In 12 of the 15 previous seasons, the Patriots have racked up 10 or more wins.

In 2010, FMU is 1-5-1 in its last seven games, including a win last Saturday against S.C. State University. Freshman Yasmin Bunter from Fleet, England leads the offense with five goals and 11 points. She is joined by three other Patriots with two or more goals. In goal, junior Carey Durham returns after posting four shutouts in 2009, but she has split time with freshman Lauren Vetock in 2010.

Game 14 | at Kansas
On Sunday, Oct. 10, the Sooners travel north to Lawrence, Kansas, for a Big 12 match-up with Kansas (5-7-0) at 1 p.m. The Jayhawks are 1-3 in Big 12 play after taking down Texas, 1-0, in their last game. Kansas hosts Oklahoma State on Friday.

Kansas returns eight starters from the 2009 team that was 12-8-2 overall and 4-6-0 in Big 12 action (tied for seventh). The Jayhawks’ offense is led by junior Emily Cressy. The forward has three goals after playing in 10 games and also led KU in scoring a year ago with 12. Sophomore goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau has played every minute in 2010 with a 1.39 GAA and four shutouts.

The Jayhawks won a 2-1 decision in Norman last season and lead the all-time series 9-4-1, including a 5-2 advantage in Lawrence, Kan. Eight of the 14 meetings have been decided by one goal or less and Kansas holds a 5-2-1 advantage in those close games, including a 1-0-1 record in overtime. The Sooners last win over Kansas came in Lawrence, a 2-1 decision on Oct. 14, 2007.

Player to Watch - #16 Kelsey Kraft | Jr. | MF | Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Junior Kelsey Kraft has scored in three straight games since breaking through with a two-goal performance at home in the 3-2 win over Baylor. She followed it up with one of the OU’s four goals during last Friday’s 4-3 win at Iowa State and had the lone goal at Missouri on Sunday. Kraft is tied for team lead with four goals. She had four goals prior to 2010.
2010 Stats: 12 games played (one start), four goals, one assist, 12 shots (7 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 Friday’s game 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.

Friday Promotions - International Night
FREE OU soccer scarves for the first 100 fans in attendance
Free salsa lessons available prior to the game
Three lucky fans will win a raffle for Sooner prize packs
Double Sooner Nation points for students
Fireworks after each OU goal scored
Postgame autographs with team

Last Time Out
The Sooners faced their first road test in conference play and split a pair of games at Iowa State and Missouri over the weekend. OU scored a season-high four goals on Friday as Whitney Palmer netted the game winner with a 4-3 win at Iowa State (most goals since Sept. 2, 2007). On Sunday, OU led 1-0 until the final five minutes of the game when Missouri rallied at home to post a 2-1 victory.

Next Week
OU returns home to host a pair of Big 12 Conference foes. The Sooners start things off on Thursday, Oct. 14 against Nebraska at 7 p.m. The Huskers have won five straight over the Sooners and lead the overall series 12-2. OU’s two wins came in 2004 in Norman and 2000 in Lincoln. Eight of the 14 meetings have been tightly contested with NU holding a 6-2 advantage in one-goal games.

On Sunday, Oct. 17, the Colorado Buffaloes come to Norman for a 1 p.m. showdown. The Sooners are 4-9-1 all-time against the Buffaloes after dropping five straight. OU is 3-2-1 in Norman against Colorado. The Buffaloes hold a 4-2-1 advantage in games decided by one goal or less.

Striking First
The Sooners are 6-1-1 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 three games.

One-Goal Games

Ten of the 12 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).

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 has scored in each of the last three games and is tied for team lead with four goals, all in Big 12 play (tied for second in Big 12 games).

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.

Palmer Surpasses 30; Climbing OU Charts
On Sept. 5, 2010 against Colorado College, Whitney Palmer became the second Sooner in program history to net 30 career goals. Palmer already is among the program’s most prolific goal scorers in OU history, currently ranking in the top five of 11 different offensive categories, including second place with 33 career goals and 70 points. Below is a look at her OU records:

Career Records
2nd with 33 goals (one behind Logan Womack)
2nd with 70 points (five behind Logan Womack)
3rd with eight game-winning goals
4th with 191 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
T-1st with three goals in a game
T-1st with goals in four consecutive games
T-1st with two assists in one game

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 19 players per game in 2010, including three other contests with 20 players used. Overall, 23 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 31 games and played all but 68 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 23 players to see the field in 2010, including seven starters. In addition, eight out of OU’s 18 goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including four from freshmen (Zoe Dickson, Annalisa Hall, Samantha Howell and Emily Reid).Caitlin Mooney, a sophomore transfer from Maryland, has three goals, while senior Whitney Palmer (4) and junior Kelsey Kraft (4) lead the team and sophomores Dria Hampton and Katharine Nutman round out the list of scorers with one apiece.




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