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Soccer Set for First Road Trip
September 03, 2009

 Sept. 3, 2009

Sooner Soccer (4-0) at  Middle Tennessee (3-1) and Vanderbilt (3-0)
 Games 5  Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
 Internet  Live Audio
 Game 6  Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. | Nashville, Tenn.
 Internet  Live stats and webcast
 Game Info  2009 Media Guide | Weekly Releases

NORMAN, Okla.-- Fresh off the completion of a 4-0 home stand, the OU soccer team travels to Tennessee this weekend for a pair of road contests.  The Sooners will play their first game away from home on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. against Middle Tennessee (3-1).  

The Blue Raiders were picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in 2009 as they return 17 letterwinners, including eight starters.  In 2008, Middle Tennessee finished fourth with a 7-3-1 conference mark and a 9-8-3 overall record. 

The Blue Raiders are coming off their first loss of the season suffered at Dayton on Aug. 30, a 4-0 decision.  Prior to that match, Middle Tennessee topped Tennessee Tech, Alabama A&M and Wright State.  Sophomore forward Shan Jones leads the offense with four goals and 10 points.  She was selected as the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2008.

The Sooners and Blue Raiders are meeting for just the second time and first since Sept. 23, 2007.  OU and MT battled to a scoreless tie in that contest played in Norman.  

Game Six | at Vanderbilt
Sunday’s 1 p.m. showdown in Nashville, Tenn., marks the first meeting with Vanderbilt.   The Commodores are 3-0 and host Belmont on Friday.  Vandy has outscored its opponents, 8-1, with wins over Saint Louis, Mercer and Murray State.  

The Commodores return 22 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2008 team that finished tied for tenth in the SEC East standings with a 9-8-2 overall mark and a 3-7-1 record in conference play.   Vandy was picked to finish ninth in 2009.

Seven different Commodores have tallied goals in 2009 with junior MF/F Megan Kinsella leading the way with two.

On the Web
Friday - Fans can follow the Middle Tennessee game on GoBlueRaiders.com with free live audio.

Sunday - VUCommodores.com will provide live stats for the OU-Vandy game on Sunday.  In addition, Vandy’s All-Access site will provide live video.

Player to Watch - Dria Hampton |  Piedmont, Okla.
The freshman midfielder scored both of OU’s goals in the 2-0 win over Oral Roberts last Friday.  The goals marked the first and second of the heralded recruit’s career.  Hampton is second among all Sooners after four games with six points and leads the Big 12 with 23 shots.
2009 Season Stats: 4 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists, 23 shots, 15 SOG

Next Weekend
OU concludes the three-game road trip at LSU on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge, La.  The Sooners are returning the trip the Tigers made to Norman in 2008.  LSU won that meeting 4-0 and owns a 2-0-1 lead in the all-time series.  OU has not played in Baton Rouge since 1996 (L, 2-0), the first year of the program.

Last Time Out
The Sooners concluded their four-game home stand undefeated after recording a pair of wins over the weekend against in-state rivals.  On Friday, OU dropped Oral Roberts 3-0 behind freshman Dria Hampton’s first two goals of the season and freshman Kelsey Devonshire’s third shutout of the year.  On Sunday, the Sooners came from behind to beat Tulsa 3-1 as Whitney Palmer tied a school record with three goals.

4-0 Starts
The last and only other time OU started a season at 4-0 was in 2002.  The Sooners started that campaign with wins in each of their first six games.  OU finished the season with an 11-8 record in 2002.

Shots on Goal
The Sooners have dominated opponents this season with a 49-13 advantage in shots on goal.  After four games, OU already has 98 overall shots compared to 207 last season (68 on goal).  The Sooners recorded a season-high 32 shots against Sam Houston and a team-best 15 shots on goal against Tulsa.

Palmer Records Hat Trick; Moves into Fourth
Junior forward Whitney Palmer became the second player in school history to record a hat trick last Sunday, 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 moved into a tie for fourth place all-time at OU with Lauren MacIver.   Below is a look the top five goal scorers in OU history:

 Rank, Player  Goals  Years
 1.  Logan Womack  34  2000-03
 2.  Jonette Coquat  26  1998-01
 3.  Savannah Scott  22  2003-06
 4.  Lauren MacIver  18  2002-05
 4.  Whitney Palmer  18  2007-present

Devonshire Shines in Debut
While several freshmen saw significant minutes in the opening weekend, freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire accomplished a feat no other Sooner had done in OU history.  Devonshire’s shutout over Missouri State in the season opener was the first recorded by a Sooner goalkeeper in a debut.  Devonshire followed it up with another blanking two days later, this time against Sam Houston State.  She leads the Big 12 with three shutouts after holding Oral Roberts scoreless.  Devonshire lasted 274 minutes and 20 seconds before allowing her first goal last Sunday against Tulsa.

Sooners in Big 12 Ranks
While Kelsey Devonshire leads the Big 12 with three shutouts, three other Sooners find themselves atop of a league statistic after two weeks of play.  Whitney Palmer leads the league with 10 points and is tied for first in goals scored (4) and tied for first in assists (2) with teammates Michelle Alexander and Dria Hampton.  Refer to page four for each of the Sooners ranked in the top 10 in the Big 12 statistics this week.

As a team, OU leads the Big 12 or is tied for the top spot in nearly every category; goals, assists, points, shots, fewest goals allowed, goals-against average and shutouts.

Sooners Receiving Votes in Coaches’ Poll
The second poll of the season has OU receiving 11 votes in the NSCAA coaches’ poll.  In addition, the Sooners are listed 10th by the same organization in the central region.  Refer to page four for a complete list of rankings.

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