Sept. 29, 2011
|OU vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech||Game 12 vs. OSU||Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. CT|
|Television Broadcast||Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. CT||Game 13 vs. Texas Tech||Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. CT|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | John Crain Field|
|Promos/Tickets||Scarves, fireworks and more | $8 adult, $5 youth|
|Internet||Live Stats | Webcast (paid)|
|Additional Info||Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter|
NORMAN, Okla. --The Sooner soccer team (5-6 overall) returns home to begin Big 12 Conference play on Sept. 30 against No. 2 Oklahoma State (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) in the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series. Friday's 7 p.m. game is the second matchup between the in-state rivals in 2011 after then-No. 6 OSU topped OU, 1-0, in Stillwater on Aug. 26.
The game will be televised on a tape delay by the Sooner Sports Network on Cox Ch. 3 (703 HD) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Toby Rowland (the voice of the Sooners) will provide the play-by-play with David Bassity, assistant director of OU Athletics Communications, on color analysis.
The Cowgirls return 10 starters from the 2010 team that won the Big 12 tournament title and finished 20-4-2 after making an appearance in the Elite Eight. OSU finished second in the Big 12 standings a year ago with an 8-2 mark and were picked to win the conference in 2011. The Cowgirls have not trailed during a game in 2011, including last weekend's wins over Kansas and Missouri.
OSU owns a 15-2-2 advantage in Bedlam after winning both regular series meetings in 2010 and coming out on top in penalty kicks at the title game of the Big 12 Championship. OU has not recorded a victory in the last nine meetings, but 14 of the contests in the series have been decided by one goal or less. The Sooners' two Bedlam wins came in 2005 (Stillwater) and 2001 (Norman), and they played in a scoreless tie in Stillwater in 2003 and lost in penalty kicks in the 2010 Big 12 Championship.
Game 13 | vs. Texas Tech
On Sunday, Oct. 2, Texas Tech (7-3-1, 1-0-0) comes to Norman for a 1 p.m. game at the OU Soccer Complex. The Red Raiders are unbeaten in their last five games and play at Baylor on Friday night. Texas Tech opened Big 12 play last Friday with a 1-0 win over Missouri at home.
All 11 starters return from the 2010 team that posted a seventh-place finish in the Big 12 Conference with at 11-8-1 overall (4-5-1), including Jessica Fuston, their leading scorer this season with five goals. Tech was picked fifth in 2011 preseason Big 12 poll.
The Red Raiders have won the last three meetings in the series against the Sooners and own a 7-6-1 advantage in the all-time series. In 2010, Tech recorded its first win in Norman since 2000, with a 3-1 victory in the Big 12 opener for both teams. OU is 4-3-1 when the series is contested at home.
Player to Watch - #9 Dria Hampton | Jr. | MF | Piedmont, Okla.
The junior midfielder leads OU with 12 points and four assists and is tied for the team lead in goals with four. Hampton has recorded a point in each of the last four games (two goals and two assists) and moved into a tie for fifth place all-time at Oklahoma with 13 career assists during the Sooners' 1-0 loss at LSU on Monday. Hampton also has 13 career goals.
2011 Stats: 11 starts, four goals, four assists, 21 shots (10 on goal)
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 both games this weekend via Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com's premium site.
The OU Athletics Marketing Office has a number of promotions and giveaways planned for this weekend, including $4 admisssion at the gate for fans that present their OU football ticket vs. Ball State on Friday or Sunday.
Friday marks "Military Appreciation Night" and there will be a pregame performance by the Fort Sill Rock Band. In addition, the National Anthem will be performed by the 77th Army Band of Fort Sill. There will also be postgame fireworks and the first 250 fans will receive Sooner soccer scarves.
On Sunday, children in the eighth grade or younger dressed in their youth team jersey will receive $4 admission. The first 100 OU students will receive free Raising Canes. There will also be post-game autographs for every home game.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Season and single-game tickets are available at John Crain Field on the day of the game beginning one hour prior to game time. Please contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU to purchase tickest in advance or for more information.
Sept. 28, 2011 | Video: Nelson and Hodgen Talk Bedlam
Head Coach Nicole Nelson and freshman Abby Hodgen talked to the local media on Wednesday after practice to preview Friday's Bedlam matchup with No. 2 Oklahoma State. Watch the video below to see what Nelson and Hodgen have to say and watch footage from Wednesday morning's practice.
Big 12 Openers
The Sooners have lost five straight Big 12 openers dating back to their last win in 2005, including last season's 3-1 loss at home to Texas Tech. In 2005, OU topped then-No. 21 Texas in Norman. OU is 3-11 all-time in Big 12 openers with its other wins also coming at home in 2002 (Baylor) and 2000 (Kansas). Of the 11 losses, seven have been one-goal decisions, including two overtime games (2004 vs. MU and 1998 vs. OSU).
The Sooners lost a pair of one-goal games on the road, starting with a 2-1 defeat at LSU on Monday. Junior Caitlin Mooney scored the Sooners' lone goal against the Tigers, her fourth of the season. On Friday night, OU dropped another a 2-1 defeat at New Mexico. Junior Dria Hampton scored her fourth goal of the season in the contest.
OU travels to Austin, Texas for its first road Big 12 Conference game on Friday, Oct. 7. The Sooners and Longhorns are slated for a 7 p.m. game. Texas leads the all-time series 8-7-1 despite OU recording a pair of one-goal victories in 2010, including the last meeting in the Big 12 Championship, a 1-0 Sooner victory in the quarterfinals. OU also recorded a 2-1 win in Austin last season in double overtime.
Petrikin's Move Paying Off
When sophomore Amy Petrikin moved back to the forward position against Arizona on Sept. 11, 2011, the Tulsa native found the back of the net twice in the Sooners' 4-2 win. She also scored in the next game against BYU, giving her four goals in four games dating back to her first career goal against Missouri State. She was recruited as a forward from Bishop Kelly H.S., but started the first three games of 2011 on defense. As a true freshman, Petrikin played in 17 games at a variety of positions, with two starts, but did not score a goal.
The Sooners have found success this season when posting the game's first goal. All five of OU's wins have come when posting the first goal of the game. Consequently, each of OU's six defeats have come after allowing the game's first goal. In 2010, OU was 11-2-2 when scoring first (1-6-1 when not).
Mooney's Record Performance
Caitlin Mooney's six points and two assists on Sept. 2 versus Oral Roberts tied a pair of program records. Mooney contributed on each of the Sooners' four scores in the game and recorded her first two-goal game. Only two other Sooners in program history have had six points in a game, but both were recorded on three-goal performances. Whitney Palmer had the hat trick against Tulsa on Aug 30, 2010 and Logan Womack also had a hat trick against Baylor on Sept. 27, 2002. Palmer and Womack rank No. 1 and No. 2 in OU history in scoring, respectively. Mooney was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 6 for her efforts, her second career honor.
Spreading the Wealth
The Sooners scored one goal during the three-game losing streak earlier this season, but tallied seven in the two wins on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 with five different goal scorers. The Sooners have 18 goals in their five wins and three goals in the six losses. Overall, OU has 21 goals scored in 2011 with nine different Sooners finding the back of the net.
Quartet Leads the Offense
Michelle Alexander, Dria Hampton, Caitlin Mooney and Amy Petrikin lead the team in 2011 with four goals apiece. OU and Texas A&M are the only two Big 12 teams with at least four players with four goals or more. OU also accomplished that feat in 2010, 2003 and 2001. In 2005, OU set a program record with 37 goals as five different Sooners had at least four goals.
Four of OU's 11 games have been decided by one goal in 2011, each resulting in a loss. In 2010, 17 of the 22 games were decided by one goal or less with a 10-4-3 record. 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 year (2008).
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She followed up that stellar debut with six more shutouts in 2010. She ranks third all-time at OU with 14 career shutouts after blanking UAB in the 2011 season opener and BYU on Sept. 17. She also ranks third all-time at OU with 244 saves (trails Jennifer Nichols with 303).
Junior Dria Hampton led OU in assists in each of her first two seasons and again leads the team in 2011 with four, matching her 2010 total. On Sept. 19 at LSU, Hampton moved into a tie for fifth place all-time at OU with 13 career assists.