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Soccer Faces Lobos Friday in New Mexico
September 22, 2011

Sept. 22, 2011

 OU (5-5) at New Mexico (4-4-2)
 Game 11 at New Mexico  Friday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CT
 Location  Albuquerque, N.M. | UNM Soccer Stadium
 Internet  Live Stats | Webcast (paid)
 Additional Info  Media Guide | Weekly Releases | Blog | Twitter
 
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners (5-5) conclude a stretch of three games in six days with a showdown with New Mexico in Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 23. The game with the Lobos (4-4-2) is set for a 6 p.m. CT start at the UNM Soccer Complex and marks the Sooners’ fourth road game in the last five contests.

New Mexico is coming off a 2-1 win at home against UC Riverside last Sunday, a victory that snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lobos. During that skid, UNM suffered a pair of overtime losses against Washington and Cal State Fullerton, and a 2-1 defeat against then-No. 17 Oregon State.

Nine Lobo starters return from the 2010 team that was 12-3-5 overall and finished first in the regular season standings of the Mountain West Conference at 5-0-2. New Mexico was picked to finish second, just one point behind San Diego State, in the 2011 MWC preseason coaches’ poll.

The Lobo offense is led by senior forward Jennifer Williams, who has four goals and nine points this season. In 2010, she was named the conference offensive player of the year after leading the team with eight goals and seven assists. In goal, junior Kelli Cornell has played every minute in 2011 with four shutouts and a 0.93 goals-against average. In 2010, she was named the conference defensive player of the year after posting 10 shutouts and a 0.52 goals-against average.

OU leads the all-time series, 2-1, after winning the last meeting in 2003, a 2-1 Sooner victory in Norman. OU also won the last meeting in Albuquerque, 1-0, on Sept. 1, 2000. The first meeting was won by the Lobos, 5-3, on Oct. 5, 1997.

On the Web

Fans can follow live stats for Friday’s game with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. A paid webcast is also available on GoLobos.com.

Player to Watch - #12 Michelle Alexander | Sr. | F | Sugar Land, Texas

The senior has three goals in the last six games and is tied for team lead with sophomore forward Amy Petrikin and junior forward Caitlin Mooney. OU and Texas A&M are the only squads in the Big 12 to sport three players with at least four goals. In 2011, Alexander has doubled her career total for goals, after entering 2011 with four scores.
2011 Stats: Eight starts, 10 games played, four goals, 15 shots (8 on goal)

Last Time Out
The Sooners’ late rally came up short on Monday as it was unable to record its first victory in five tries against LSU. The Tigers recorded a 2-1 victory at the LSU Soccer Stadium despite a late goal from OU’s Caitlin Mooney with 51 seconds remaining in regulation. The Sooners and Tigers were scoreless in the first half, but LSU built a 2-0 lead after 70 minutes of play. Monday’s loss ended the Sooners’ two-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-5 overall on the season. LSU improved to 5-3-1 in 2011 and 4-0-1 all-time against Oklahoma.

Sept. 21, 2011 | Video: Sooners Review LSU, Preview Lobos
Head Coach Nicole Nelson and junior Dria Hampton talked to the local media on Wednesday after practice to review the loss on Monday at LSU and to preview Friday's game at New Mexico. Watch the video below to also see highlights from the LSU game and footage from Wednesday morning's practice.

Next Week
The Sooners return home to begin Big 12 Conference play on Sept. 30 against No. 2 Oklahoma State. Friday’s 7 p.m. game marks the second matchup between the Bedlam rivals in 2011 after OSU topped OU, 1-0, in Stillwater on Aug. 26. OSU owns a 15-2-2 advantage in the series but 14 of the contests have been decided by one goal or less. OU has not recorded a victory in the last nine meetings with OSU (won in 2005).

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Texas Tech comes to Norman for a 1 p.m. game at the OU Soccer Complex. The Red Raiders have won the last three meetings and own a 7-6-1 advantage in the all-time series.

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 the last 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.

Kraft Ties OU Assist Record
For the 18th time in program history, and second time this season, a Sooner tied the program record for most assists in a game with two. Kelsey Kraft accomplished the feat on Sept. 11 against Arizona in Tempe. Caitlin Mooney also tied the record with two assists against Oral Roberts and she was the first to have two assists in a game since Dria Hampton did it in 2009. The only other Sooner on the roster to have two assists in a game is Michelle Alexander, also recorded in 2009.

Scoring First
The Sooners have found success early in the season when posting the game’s first goal. All five of OU’s wins have come when posting the first goal of the game. It was also a key stat in 2010, when OU was 11-2-2 when scoring first.

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 goals 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 two goals in the five losses. Overall, OU has 20 goals scored in 2011 with nine different Sooners finding the back of the net.

Trio Leads the Offense
Michelle Alexander, 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 schools with at least three players with four goals or more. OU also accomplished that feat during the 2010, 2003 and 2001 seasons. In 2005, when OU set a program record with 37 goals, five different goal scorers had at least four goals.

Devonshire’s Shutouts
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 240 saves (trails Jennifer Nichols with 303).

Hampton’s Helpers
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.

 


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