Aug. 24 | 1 p.m. | Norman, Okla.
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|Abby Hodgen // Sr. // Midfielder
Senior and Oklahoma native Abby Hodgen enters this season aiming to be a top contributor for the Sooners. Frequently cited by OU coaches as one of the most commited team members in offseason training, Hodgen notched one goal (Aug. 30) and one assist (Oct. 4) in matches against OSU last season.
SOONER NOTEBOOK: NOTES FOR WEEK ONE
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Imhoff Rd. remains closed at this time due to construction, but several routes to reach parking by the Lloyd Noble Center will be open for fan use. Fans can access parking via Jenkins Ave. from the east or Blankenship Blvd. from the south. A small portion of Imhoff will also be open for fans wishing to access parking via Asp. Ave. from the north.
1. A DIFFERENT LOOK
The 2014 campaign means a fresh start for a young and hungry Oklahoma soccer team. A team on the hunt for success, the program is already looking to erase the memories of a disappointing finish to the 2013 campaign and the OU coaching staff believes it has the tools to do so. The Sooners will field a team with dynamic weapons across the board, while an intense off-season training program has led to increased athleticism and quickness. Under the leadership of head coach Matt Potter, now in his third season at the helm of the OU program, the Sooners aim to be among the most competitive teams in the conference in 2014.
2. DYNAMIC DEPTH
One of Oklahoma’s most crucial weapons in 2014 will not be any individual player; rather, the team boasts the most depth it has had since Potter arrived at Oklahoma. The Sooners will welcome the contributions of 10 true freshmen this season alongside three experienced transfers in defender Laura Rayfield (Jr., Oregon State), defender Ayana O’Neal (So., Washington State) and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Keith (So., Central Arkansas).
3. FOUR IN A ROW
With so many new faces on the field, the Sooners will benefit from a schedule that keeps them at home on John Crain Field for the first four matches of the season. OU will open with five consecutive matches against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, setting up a challenging run of contests that prepare Oklahoma to meet its own championship-calibert expectations.
4. CENTURY SURPASSED
Coach Potter earned his 100th career victory as a Division I head coach with a 2-0 win against Oklahoma State in the 2014 season opener. Potter earned 88 victories at Washington State from 2003-11 before amassing an additional 12 wins in the last two-plus years at Oklahoma.
5. FOLLOW IT LIVE
OU fans will again benefit from the efforts of Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX this season, as all 10 of OU’s home matches will be carried live in 2014. Fans unable to catch this weekend’s action can tune into Friday night’s contest on Fox SportsSouthwest (FSSW) and Fox College Sports Central (FCSC). Sunday’s match will also broadcast live on FCSC. Chad McKee will be on the call for Friday’s match alongside Melissa Terry, and Terry will be joined by Toby Rowland at the field on Sunday.