Oklahoma Soccer: Week Seven
|Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State|
|Friday, Oct. 4 | 7 p.m. CT|
|Norman, Okla. (OU Soccer Complex)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Reflections on Bedlam
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week Seven
1. BIG 12 HOME OPENER
The Oklahoma soccer team hosts its Big 12 home opener and the second match of the annual Bedlam Series this Friday night, welcoming Oklahoma State to the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners previously met OSU on Friday, Aug. 30, with the Cowgirls taking a 4-1 victory over OU and a 1-0 lead in the series. Both teams are on the hunt for their first conference victories of the season: Oklahoma fell in a narrow 1-0 decision to Baylor last weekend, while Oklahoma State logged a loss to West Virginia and a tie with Texas Tech to open Big 12 play.
2. HOME STAND BEGINS
Friday’s match will kick off a three-match home stand for the Sooners, who return to Norman after playing three consecutive road contests against BYU, Utah and Baylor over the past two weeks. In addition to Bedlam this weekend, OU will host No. 14 Texas Tech and Iowa State next weekend at the OU Soccer Complex.
3. CHASING 100
With Oklahoma’s victories over Texas State, Kennesaw State and Oral Roberts this season, head coach Matt Potter currently holds 98 career victories spanning two schools and 11 seasons. Potter accumulated 88 victories at his previous stop at Washington State before arriving in Norman prior to the 2012 season. He led the Sooners to a 7-9-4 record in his first season at Oklahoma in 2012.
4. ALL TIED UP
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls currently sit at fifth in the Big 12 standings after falling 2-1 to No. 18 West Virginia and posting a 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 14 Texas Tech last weekend. OSU has played in five overtime contests this season, with four of those matches (at Vanderbilt, at No. 2 Florida State, vs. Washington State, vs. No. 14 Texas Tech) ending in ties.
5. WATCH LIVE ON SOONER SPORTS TV
The Oklahoma Athletics Department and FOX Sports announced in August that Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX would broadcast all seven of OU’s home matches this season. This weekend’s matches will be carried on FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Central, with Chad McKee on the call and Melissa Terry providing color commentary for the broadcasts.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponent based on 2013 overall stats.
|vs. Top 25||0-5-0||0-2-2|
Game 12 | vs. Oklahoma State
The Sooners host their Big 12 home opener this Friday night in a 7 p.m. contest against in-state rival Oklahoma State. The match will be broadcast live on Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX. Fans can catch the action on FOX Sports Oklahoma, or on FOX College Sports Atlantic.
Oklahoma State is 4-3-4 this fall, holding wins over Tennessee-Martin, OU, Gonzaga and North Texas. All three of OSU’s losses have come to opponents ranked in the top 25 nationally, while the Cowgirls also tied nationally ranked opponents in Florida State and Texas Tech.
OSU has been paced this season by freshman forward Courtney Dike, who is tied for the Big 12 lead in goals and ranks third in points and fifth in shots. Dike has had two multi-goal matches this season (2 at Vanderbilt; 2 vs. Oklahoma) and was the Big 12 Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 3
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’s three-match home stand will continue next weekend with contests against No. 14 Texas Tech and Iowa State. The Sooners will open the weekend against the Red Raiders on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. CT. TTU (10-1-1, 1-0-1 Big 12) currently sits third in the Big 12 standings.
OU will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. CT against Iowa State. The Cyclones (6-6-0, 0-2-0 Big 12) are ninth in the Big 12 and will look for their first conference win this weekend vs. Kansas.
The Sooners will be back on the road the following weekend in the state of Texas, facing TCU on Friday, Oct. 18 and Texas on Sunday, Oct. 20.