Oklahoma Soccer: Week Three
|Oklahoma at No. 10 Florida||Oklahoma at No. 2 Florida State|
|Friday, Sept. 6 | 6 p.m. CT||Sunday, Sept. 8 | Noon CT|
|Gainesville, Fla. (James G. Pressly Stadium)||Tallahassee, Fla. (Seminole Soccer Complex)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week Three
1. TOP-10 CHALLENGE
The Oklahoma soccer team will travel to Florida this weekend, facing one of the toughest weekends yet for head coach Matt Potter’s young squad. OU will take on two top-10 opponents in three days, facing No. 10 Florida on Friday night and No. 2 Florida State on Sunday afternoon. The meetings will mark the first between the Sooners and both programs. Both the Gators and the Seminoles were 2012 NCAA Tournament teams: UF advanced to the Sweet 16, while FSU appeared in the Final Four at the Women’s College Cup.
2. DOUBLE THE FUN
Sunday’s win over Texas State marked the second time this season that an OU true freshman has scored two goals in a game. After Madison Saliba notched a pair of goals against Kennesaw State on Aug. 25, Jamie Iurato followed up with two goals against the Bobcats on Sept. 1.
Oklahoma has out-shot their opponents in every game this season, notching a season-high 19 shots against Texas State last weekend. The Sooners are 2-0 when limiting their opponent to under 10 shots (vs. KSU: 3; vs. TSU: 8) and posted 14 shots while allowing 13 against both Tennessee and Oklahoma State.
4. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
OU’s 4-0 shutout win over Texas State saw three 2013 newcomers earn their first goals of the season. True freshman Caren Nelson posted the first goal of the day, a game-winning goal to give OU a 1-0 lead. Junior college transfer Daisy Cardona netted the second on a header from Saliba, and Iurato followed up with a pair of goals in the 75th and 88th minutes of play.
5. STADE SET TO APPEAR AT GK
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kassadie Stade is set to make her third and fourth career starts this weekend in OU’s pivotal matchups against the Gators and Seminoles. Stade is 1-1 this season, most recently notching the first shutout of her career in a 4-0 win over Texas State last weekend.
Game 5 | at Florida
OU will open their weekend on the road against the No. 10 Florida Gators in Gainesville. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. CT start on Friday, Sept. 6, with live video available at GatorZone.com and a live broadcast on SUN Sports powered by FOX.
Florida holds a 3-1-0 record this season, with at least three goals in each of its wins over Florida Gulf Coast, Oregon State and Florida International. Florida State handed the Gators’ their lone loss in a 3-0 victory in Gainesville.
UF has been led by true freshman Savannah Jordan, who was selected as the National Player of the Week on Aug. 27 by both the NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer. Jordan scored five goals in Florida’s season-opening wins over FGCU and Oregon State.
Game 6 | at Florida State
The Sooners are set to face No. 2 Florida State in Tallahassee on Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon CT. Fans can follow the match via Twitter or with free live stats on Seminoles.com.
Florida State is undefeated so far in 2013, owning a 4-0 record with wins over Oregon State, Auburn, Florida and UCF. The 2013 squad currently owns a school-record 21 consecutive home wins and will attempt to extend that streak this weekend.
A pair of FSU student-athletes earned national honors for the Seminoles last weekend: Dagy Brynjarsdottir was named a Primetime Player by CollegeSoccer360.com, while Kirsten Crowley earned ACC co-Player of the Week honors and was named the Sunshine Soccer News Women’s Player of the Week by Soccer News Net.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponents based on 2013 overall stats.
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|Central Region Rank||8||N/A||N/A|
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.).
Oklahoma is set to host Oral Roberts and North Texas in Norman next weekend. The Sooners will face ORU on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. before taking on NTU on Sept. 15 at noon. Both matches will be broadcast live via Sooner Sports TV on FOX Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Central.