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Jan. 25, 2011 | Whigham Completes U-20 National Camp
Freshman defender Carrie Whigham, who nearly missed the start of the 2010 season with the Sooners due to symptons related to a concussion, recently completed a camp with the U.S. U-20 National team in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The camp was held on January 15-22 and marked the beginning of the new cycle working towards qualifying for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1992 are eligible for that tournament, which has yet to be awarded to a nation by FIFA.

Twenty-four players met under the direction of Dave Chesler, almost all of whom have experience with the younger age groups of the USA's youth national teams at the U-18, U-17, U-15 and U-14 levels.

Whigham has been a member of the U.S. National Program since age 15 and was the captain of the U-18 squad that played in the the Ten Nationas Tournament in Spain last February.

It was at that tournament that Whigham suffered the concussion and after she reported back to Norman, her status for the 2010 season was in doubt.

The Ahwatukee-Foothills, Ariz., native was cleared medically and her toughness was displayed throughout the season. She was the only freshman to start the season opener for the Sooners and all 23 games this past season.

"We are very proud of Carrie," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson.  "She has overcome a tremendous amount of adversity in the last year with her injury and her perseverance continues to pay off.  This invite back in to National camp is a testament to what a strong impression she leaves with any coach that is exposed to her."

Whigham was a mainstay on the Sooner defense that recorded seven shutouts and helped lead OU into the NCAA Tournamen for the first time since 2003.


Jan. 14, 2011 | More on the WPS Draft
The selections of Whitney Palmer (second round) and Lauren Alkek (fourth round) marked the first players in OU history to be drafted professionally.

Not only did OU lead the Big 12 with the most players drafted (only Texas A&M had a player selected), but the Sooners were also tied the nation lead at two.

Click the links below to read more about Palmer and Alkek joining their new teams.

Boston Breakers select Palmer 12th overall
Sky Blue selects two players in draft

Nov. 23, 2010 | Sooner Foes in Elite Eight
As the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament get underway this weekend, each of the Sooners' last two opponents are among the Elite Eight.

On Friday, Oklahoma State plays host to Notre Dame. The Cowgirls tied the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game on Nov. 7 and claimed the title after a round of penalty kicks.

On Saturday, Washington travels to Boston College for its quarterfinal match. The Huskies knocked off Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Portland Regional on Nov. 12.

While the Sooners were sent home early, a team full of underclassmen gained invaluable experience in the program's second NCAA postseason appearance over a week ago. Not to mention, OU faced two of the nation's hottest teams in their final two games of 2010 in OSU and UW.

OU has to replace its all-time leading scorer in Whitney Palmer and two mainstays on the backline with Lauren Alkek and Tiana Dickson, but the young team returns eight starters and 19 letterwinners for 2011.

Included in that group of starters is one junior, three sophomores and four freshmen that played in four postseason games this year. Prior to 2010, OU was 1-5 past the regular season with one game in the NCAA tournament (2003 loss to Tennessee).

Needless to say, the Sooners will not be the only ones expecting big things next year, especially after being slotted 10th in the Big 12 Coaches' preseason poll in 2010.


8:27 p.m. - 2010 season ends in Portland
The 2010 season has come to an end for the Sooners with a 4-0 loss to Washington.

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8:17 p.m. - Huskies take 4-0 lead ... 8:38 min. left
The Huskies just took a 4-0 lead in 82nd minute.

Some first half photos courtesy of Portland photographer Craig Mitchelldyer.

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8:14 p.m. - Sooners Applying Pressure ... 12 min. left
The Sooners have put together a flurry of shots with an 8-4 advantage in the second half.

The fog continues to smother Merlo Field, visibility is low from our view in the press box. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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8:02 p.m. - 22 minutes left and OU trails 3-0
The Sooners have equaled their shot total in the first half with four midway through the second session.

OU still looking for its first corner kick and goal of the game. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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7:40 p.m. - Second half underway ... fog rolls in
The second half is underway in Portland and a massive patch of fog has covered Merlo Field as OU looks to mount comeback. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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7:21 p.m. - Sooners in 3-0 hole ... halftime
Just when OU looked like it was about to break through, Washington got another breakaway to take a 3-0 lead in the 43rd minute.

OU's biggest deficit at the half this season was 2-0 at home in the Big 12 opener with Texas Tech. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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7:16 p.m. - OU trailing 2-0 ... 40th minute
OU holding possession in Washington's defensive end looking for first goal. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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6:59 p.m. - Martinez gives UW 2-0 lead ... 24th minute
Washington takes a 2-0 lead as Martinez scores her second goal of the contest. The header off the cross from the right side beat a diving Kelsey Devonshire in goal. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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6:51 p.m. - OU trailing with 30 minutes left in first
OU has two shots so far in the game, one by Caitlin Mooney in the first 20 seconds that was saved, but trails 1-0.

Washington just took its fourth corner kick of the half and has five shots. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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6:37 p.m. - Huskies strike early for 1-0 lead
Washington's Sarah Martinez gives Huskies an early 1-0 lead in the third minute.

OU is 1-5 this season when the opponent scores first. Prior to today, the Sooners had struck first in 10 of the last 13 games. will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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6:33 p.m. - Game Underway
The Sooners' second appearance in the NCAA Tournament is underway. Here are the starters for OU:

GK - Kelsey Devonshire
D - Tiana Dickson
D - Lauren Alkek
D - Jordan White
D - Carrie Whigham
MF - Dria Hampton
MF - Samantha Howell
MF - Zoe Dickson
F - Annalisa Hall
F - Caitlin Mooney
F - Whitney Palmer will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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5:30 p.m. - Sooners Arrive at Merlo Field
The Sooner soccer team has arrived at Merlo Field and is an hour away from kickoff with Washington.

Watch the video below to get a quick 360 degree view of the facility:


Nov. 12, 2010 | Gameday Blog
It's gameday in Portland, Ore., and while temperatures are in the 40s and rain is falling, the Sooners' 4:30 p.m. PT game against Washington is expected to see a high of 51 degrees with sunny skies.

Follow the first round game here as the Sooners (12-7-3) look to continue their quest towards the College Cup against the Huskies (11-8-1). will provide updates on the Sooner Soccer Blog and on the team's Twitter page (_SoonerSoccer)

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The winner of the game will face the winner of the game between No. 1 seed and host Portland and UT- San Antonio.

Click here to get a detailed look at each of the four teams in the Portland Regional.


Nov. 10, 2010 | Defense Keying OU's Postseason Run
Defense wins championships is a common saying heard in all levels of nearly every sport. While the Sooners are most known for its dynamic 1-2-3 scoring punch in Whitney Palmer, Dria Hampton and Caitlin Mooney, the OU defense has been posting solid numbers down the stretch.

It was the defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire, that helped key the Sooners' run to the title game of the Big 12 Championship last weekend.

While right defensive back Lauren Alkek was named to the all-tournament team, and deservedly so, Devonshire was missing from the list despite posting a tournament-high two shutouts and 16 saves. The North Richland Hills, Texas, native also had a 0.31 goals-against average, the best for any goalkeeper to play two or more games in the tournament, and recorded the stingy numbers against three top 25 teams in Texas (No. 21), Texas A&M (No. 6) and Oklahoma State (No. 10).

In addition to Devonshire and Alkek, the defense is solidfied by senior Tiana Dickson, junior Jordan White and true freshman Carrie Whigham.

Both White (five Big 12 games) and Whigham (75 minutes of Big 12 Championship game) have missed some time in 2010, but the back line is expected to be full strength on Friday as OU opens its second NCAA Tournament appearance against Washington at 6:30 p.m. CT in Portland, Ore.

Watch head coach Nicole Nelson talk about Devonshire and the defense's play as of late below:


Nov. 6, 2010 | National TV, Friday' postgame interviews
For the third time in program history, the Sooner soccer team can be seen live on national television this Sunday at noon.

The 2010 Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma State will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Southwest with Glen Davis (play-by-play) and Jessica Stamp (color) providing the talent.

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The Sooners first-ever trip to the finals featured wins over No. 21 Texas in the quarterfinals (1-0) and No. 6 Texas A&M, the tournament's top seed, in the semifinals (1-0, OT).

Watch postgame interviews from Friday's win over No. 6 Texas A&M with head coach Nicole Nelson and Whitney Palmer below:

OU also played in front of a national audience in 2005 at Nebraska (L, 2-1) on CSTV and in 2006 at Texas on ESPNU (T, 3-3, 2OT).


Nov. 5, 2010 | Bedlam ... Round Three
The Sooners (12-7-2) run at the Big 12 Championship continues in the title game on Sunday at noon on Fox Sports Southwest in the Oklahoma City.

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While OU has already played against every team prior to the tournament, Sunday's opponent in the finale is extra familiar. The Sooners will face Bedlam rival Oklahoma State (17-3-1) after it defeated Nebraska 3-2 in overtime during Friday's second semifinal.

OU and OSU will meet for the third time in 2010 after meeting in the season opener on Aug. 20 in Stillwater and the season finale on Oct. 29 in Norman. The Cowgirls, currently ranked No. 10 in the nation, won both of those meetings (1-0, 2-0).

The Sooners have already topped a pair of ranked opponents on their way to the finals with wins over rival Texas, 1-0, and Texas A&M, 1-0.

Sunday's game will mark just the second postseason meeting between the two after OSU beat OU 2-1 in the Big 12 quarterfinals in 2006.


Nov. 1, 2010 | OU Picked 10th, Finish Fourth
What a difference a year makes? A lot of people on the outside looking in thought the Sooner soccer team was destined to end its season in October.

But as November has arrived, so has Oklahoma's first postseason appearance since 2005 and it comes as no surprise to the program, led by third year head coach Nicole Nelson.

The preseason Big 12 coaches' poll tabbed OU to finish 10th in 2010 and the Sooners enter the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday as the tournament's No. 4 seed, the highest finish in school history.

Technically, OU posted the league's third best conference record (5-4-1) along with Nebraska, a team the Sooners tied back on Oct. 14. However, the Huskers claimed the No. 3 seed via a Big 12 tiebreaker that uses goal differential.

Not only have the Sooners recorded its first double-digit win season since 2005, and tied a record for Big 12 wins, but the Sooners are putting up solid offensive numbers.

While senior forward Whitney Palmer leads the team again in scoring with eight goals, OU also has sophomores Caitlin Mooney and Dria Hampton close behind with six and five scores, respectively.

The 34 goals in 2010, the third highest total in school history, is just one of several categories the Sooners have improved in each of Nelson's three years at the helm.

Click here to get a more detailed look at those statistical improvements.


Oct. 25, 2010
| Sooners Making History
Sunday's 2-1 double overtime victory at Texas marked the Sooners first win in Austin in seven opportunities.

The win also gave OU 10 wins on the season, marking the fifth time in program history that the Sooners reached the double-digit win plateau. The last time OU reached that mark was in 2005 when the Sooners finished with a program-best 13 victories.

In addition, the win over Texas gave Oklahoma its fifth win in Big 12 play, a total that is tied with the 2005 Sooners for the most conference wins in school history. That squad posted a seventh-place finish in the league and OU's best finish is sixth, achieved in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

The 2010 Sooners currently sit in third place with one regular season game remaining. That will come against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, the nation's No. 5 team. OU welcomes the Cowgirls to Norman on Friday at 7 p.m.

That game will be followed by the Sooners' first trip to San Antonio since 2005 for the Big 12 Championship. An appearance in the NCAA Tournament is also within reach for the Sooners. OU has only made one trip to the big dance back in 2003.

But first things first, OU has its sights set on Friday's rivalry game and avenging a 1-0 loss to Oklahoma State in the 2010 season opener. Then the focus can shift to the postseason, something OU has not been able to do in five years.


Oct. 20, 2010 | Highlights from Colorado Win
The Sooners capped off a home weekend with a 2-1 overtime win over Colorado on Sunday. The win helped OU clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 2006 (top eight teams qualify).

With three games remaining in the regular season, OU (9-5-2, 4-2-1) sits in third place in the conference standings behind OSU (7-0) and Texas A&M (6-1).

The Sooners have a chance to move up in the standings as they face both the No. 5 Cowgirls and No. 7 Aggies in the final two weekends.

Watch highlights from Sunday's win over Colorado, including postgame interviews with head coach Nelson, Dria Hampton and Whitney Palmer below: 


| OU Sits in Second Place
The Sooners have four games on the Big 12 schedule in the books and sit in a tie for second place at 2-2 in the conference standings. Only Oklahoma State, which the Sooners will face in the regular season finale on Oct. 29 in Norman, is ahead of the pack.

In her third season as head coach , Nicole Nelson and company are in prime position for a strong finish to the 2010 campaign. Six Big 12 games remain on the slate with three coming at home.

Three factors have been key for Oklahoma (6-5-1) so far after 12 games; Roster depth, winning close games and winning away from home.

While the Sooners returned nearly every starter from the 2009 season, the OU coaches have inserted several freshmen into this year's lineup. Nine freshmen have played in an at least one game with six logging starts. That doesn't even include fellow newcomer Caitlin Mooney, who transferred from Maryland and has posted three goals in a Sooner uniform thus far. The overall numbers speak to OU's depth. In total, 23 players have seen the field in 2010, with an average of 19 being used in each game, and nine different Sooners have found the back of the net (OU had 8 in 2009).

Second, OU was 2-4-2 in games decided by one goal or less in 2009 and has already surpassed that with a 6-3-1 mark this season. The total in those situations is tied for the Big 12 lead.

Finally, OU was 1-6-1 away from home a year ago and is 3-4 this season with two of the losses coming against ranked opponents (No. 19 Oklahoma State and No. 25 USC).

OU hosts its final non-conference game this Friday when Francis Marion visits John Crain Field for a 7 p.m. game. Fresh off a heartbreaking 2-1 decision at Missouri, the Sooners will look to follow that performance the same way they have done all year after a loss ... with a win.


Sept. 21, 2010
| Sooners Begin Big 12 Slate

Eight games are in the books for the 2010 Sooners and they will take a 4-3-1 overall record into this weekend's Big 12 opener.

OU will host Texas Tech (7-2) at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field on Friday, Sept. 24. The Sooners will also entertain the Baylor Bears (7-1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.

OU completed a 1-1 split last weekend in California during its toughest test so far this season. The Sooners played two participants from the 2009 NCAA Tournament on the road in Southern California and UC Santa Barbara.

On Friday, the Sooners trailed the then-No. 25 Trojans by a goal at halftime before falling behind 4-0. Despite the four-goal deficit, the Sooners kept battling and broke through with sophomore Dria Hampton's goal in the 84th minute.

Hampton's energy on Friday helped lead to a team effort on Sunday and a 1-0 victory over UCSB. Sophomore Caitlin Mooney scored the game-winning goal that helped OU win its fourth game of the year.

"We are proud of the resilience this team has shown in the first half of the season," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson after the win.  "Today was a complete effort. It was a very gritty effort from the collective group. They continue to get better."

Following each of OU's three losses in 2010, the Sooners have bounced back in the following game to record a victory.

This weekend, OU hopes to build off Sunday's win and produce another three-game unbeaten streak. The team's chances of achieving the goal of winning a Big 12 Championship may rest on getting off to a solid start, something past Sooner teams have struggled to do. But OU has had success against both of this weekend's opponents, especially at home.

The Sooners have lost four straight Big 12 openers and are 3-10 all-time. However, OU is tied at 6-6-1 all-time with Texas Tech (4-2-1 in Norman) and leads Baylor 6-4-3 (4-1-3 at home).


Sept. 7, 2010 | Gridiron and Goals
The OU Athletics Department announced the "Gridiron and Goals" promotion for two home football and soccer weekends during the 2010 season.

Fans that present their OU football ticket stub vs. Florida State at the OU Soccer Complex this Sunday will receive a special $4 admission for the contest versus Rice at 1 p.m.

The promotion is also available for the weekend of Oct. 16-17 as football hosts Iowa State and soccer welcomes Colorado.


Sept. 1, 2010
| Newcomers' Immediate Contributions
After three games, the Sooner soccer teams holds a 2-1 record thanks to an offense that no longer has to rely solely on senior Whitney Palmer, the team's leading goal scorer in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

While Palmer has drawn plenty of attention from opposing defenses, she has not been held scoreless (one point and one assist) and has opened the door for some of the newcomers to step in immediately.

Each of the Sooners three goals scored in 2010 have come off the foots of newcomers, including two from freshmen. Samantha Howell, a freshman midfielder, tallied the game-winning goal in the Sooners' 1-0 victory at Tulsa last Friday and freshman Annalisa Hall put OU on the board first on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin in the home opener.

When the Ladyjacks tied the score at one goal apiece shortly after halftime, sophomore Caitlin Mooney stepped up to score the game winner in the 62nd minute. Mooney, a transfer from Maryland, was also spectacular in OU's lone exhibition game, netting a hat trick against Northern Colorado.

The 2010 regular season has seen 21 players take the field for Oklahoma, including eight true freshmen and Mooney.

Despite returning 10 starters from last year's squad, fans can continue to expect Nicole Nelson and company to start four freshmen (vs. SFA for example) or more and feature one of the deepest benches in recent memory.


Aug. 28, 2010 | Sooner Soccer Blog Begins
Throughout the 2010 season, the Sooner Soccer Blog will provide weekly information on the team, including a behind the scenes look at all of the daily occurences that help the program operate.

The Sooners (1-1) are coming off a 1-0 victory at Tulsa on Friday night.

Come watch OU in action on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the home opener against Stephen F. Austin (2-1). The Ladyjacks knocked off Arkansas at home on Friday night.

Sunday Promotions
- FREE Sooner Soccer Scarves to the first 300 fans in attendance presented by Fowler Volkswagen
- FREE Crimson Crew T-shirt for the first 200 students
- U.S. Army will set up a climbing wall in the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot & Hummer Marines will also be in attendance
- FREE pizza for OU ROTC Students
- FREE 100 Camo Souvenirs
- OU Rugby will hold a scrimmage at halftime
- Fireworks after each OU goal
- Post-game autographs with players

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