Sooners Ready for Home Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 01, 2013
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance

Game 4 | vs. Texas State
The Sooners will host their 2013 home opener on Sunday against the Texas State Bobcats. The match is slated for a noon CT start and will be broadcast live by Sooner Sports TV on FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Central.

TSU went 1-1 last weekend, topping Northwestern State 3-1 before falling 1-0 to Stephen F. Austin in a pair of road matches. The Bobcats most recently posted a 5-0 win over Prairie View A&M at home on Friday evening, marking head coach Kat Conners' 150th career victory. 

Sunday Promotion
Sunday’s match will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at the OU Soccer Complex. In addition, fans can receive $4 admission to the event with an OU/ULM football ticket.

Last Time Out
Oklahoma kicked off the 2013 Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State on Friday night, falling by a score of 4-1 on the road in a non-conference matchup between the in-state rivals. The Sooners  struck first on a free kick but surrendered four goals on 13 shots from OSU in front of 1,844 fans at Cowgirl Soccer Complex. Oklahoma notched 14 shots and six shots on goal on the evening.

The Sooners' lone goal of the evening came from junior Abby Hodgen, who buried a free kick from the right side of the field at the 16-minute mark. The goal was Hodgen's first career goal at Oklahoma.

Who’s New?
With 15 newcomers hitting the field this season for the Sooners, fans can expect to see plenty of new faces on the pitch throughout the fall. The OU coaching staff signed 14 prospects to their signing class in February before adding one additional transfer in the spring.

In-state products joining OU this season are Shiloh Price (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Madison Saliba (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Lisa Robinson (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

The Sooners also added four Arizona high school standouts in Jemma Cota (Mesa, Ariz.), Jamie Iurato (Mesa, Ariz.), Madison Kinzer (Oro Valley, Ariz.) and Rachel Ressler (Phoenix, Ariz.). Four athletes from the Texas soccer ranks chose OU as well: Courtney Forte (Flower Mound, Texas), Paige Jacobs (Coppell, Texas), Miranda Larkin (Rockwall, Texas) and Purdue transfer Katie Sheinfeld (Dallas, Texas).

Rounding out the OU roster will be Daisy Cardona (Ventura, Calif.), Kaitlyn Fahrner (Las Vegas, Nev.), Caren Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Elise Romano (Basking Ridge, N.J.).

Up Next
The Sooners will head to Florida next weekend for a challenging two-match road stand against No. 8 Florida and No. 3 Florida State. OU will open the weekend against the Gators in a 6 p.m. CT match on Friday, Sept. 6. Oklahoma will then travel to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles on Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon CT.



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