Oklahoma Soccer: Week Nine
|Oklahoma at TCU||Oklahoma at Texas|
|Friday, Oct. 18 | 7 p.m. CT||Sunday, Oct. 20 | 1 p.m. CT|
|Fort Worth, Texas (Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium)||Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Soccer Stadium)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week Nine
1. STAYIN’ ALIVE
The Oklahoma soccer team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of matches at TCU (Oct. 18) and at Texas (Oct. 20). The Sooners currently hold a mark of 0-4 in Big 12 play and will look for at least one conference victory to keep their Big 12 Championship hopes alive. OU enters this weekend at ninth overall in the conference standings; the top eight teams in the Big 12 advance to the conference tournament following regular season play.
2. BREAK THE STREAK
After losses at the hands of Texas Tech (2-1) and Iowa State (4-1) last weekend, the Sooners will aim to snap a four-match losing streak this weekend. Three of OU’s last four losses have been one-goal decisions, and two of those (vs. Oklahoma State, vs. Texas Tech) came on goals in the final 10 or fewer minutes of play.
3. ON THE HORIZON: BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
The 2013 Big 12 Soccer Championship will take place Nov. 6, 8 and 10 in Kansas City, Mo., at Swope Soccer Village. The top eight teams in the conference advance to tournament play in hopes of claiming the conference postseason title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. The championship match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. Fans wishing to purchase tickets to the event may do so through Sporting KC and Ticketmaster at SportingKC.com/Big12Soccer.
4. 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.
5. FOLLOW LIVE
This weekend’s match against Texas marks the 11th game this season that fans have been able to follow live either through a live television broadcast or a live online video stream. The OU/Texas match-up is slated for a live broadcast on the Longhorn Network, with Alex Loeb handling play-by-play duties and Monica Gonzalez providing color commentary.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponents based on 2013 overall stats.
|vs. Top 25||0-6-0||1-2-2||1-1-0|
Game 15 | at TCU
Oklahoma will open the weekend at TCU on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. CT. The match will take place at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
The TCU Horned Frogs hold a 5-7-3 record, including a 1-3-1 mark in Big 12 play that seats them seventh in the conference standings. TCU notched their first Big 12 win last weekend in a 1-0 decision at Kansas.
The Horned Frogs have been led this season by freshman Michelle Prokof, who has notched seven goals and one assist on 28 total shots.
Game 16 | at Texas
OU closes this weekend’s play in Austin, Texas against Big 12 foe Texas. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Mike A. Meyers Soccer Stadium, with a live broadcast available on the Longhorn Network.
Texas is currently second in the Big 12 standings at 10-4-1 overall and 4-1-0 in conference action. The Longhorns’ lone loss came at the hands of current conference frontrunner Wet Virginia on Oct. 4.
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 will close its regular-season conference slate over the next two weeks of play, beginning with its final home match of the season on Friday, Oct. 25.
The Sooners are slated to meet Big 12 frontrunner West Virginia in a 7 p.m. contest at the OU Soccer Complex. The match will be broadcast live via Sooner Sports TV on FS Oklahoma and FCS Atlantic. The match will also serve as Senior Night, honoring Bailey Boulware, Zoe Dickson and Kathryn Watson for their outstanding careers at Oklahoma.
OU will close the regular season on the road against Kansas on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. CT.