Aug. 31 | 1 p.m. | Norman, Okla.
|Player to Watch|
|Lizzie Luallin // Fr. // Midfielder
This season’s first Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Luallin gave OU a big spark in her first two appearances on the field. The true freshman came off the bench in Oklahoma’s win over OSU, posting her first career assist on Rachel Ressler’s game-winning goal. Luallin earned her first career start on Sunday vs. Utah, striking on a goal in the 26th minute to tie the Utes by a final margin of 1-1.
SOONER NOTEBOOK: NOTES FOR WEEK TWO
1. UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Head coach Matt Potter and his coaching staff have operated on a firm principle since their arrival at OU in 2011: to become the best, you must consistently compete against the best. This weekend will be another test against the best for the undefeated Sooners, who will face two top-tier opponents in No. 2 Florida State and No. 6 Florida. Oklahoma opened its season with a win over Oklahoma State and a tie with Utah last weekend.
2. NEWCOMERS STEP UP
OU’s depth was on display in last weekend’s matches, with 17 players seeing action against Oklahoma State on Friday night alone. When temperatures peaked near 100 degrees on Sunday afternoon, Potter was able to utilize his roster for fresh legs, resulting in 18 players seeing time on the field. Particularly key were the contributions of newcomers: seven true freshmen saw playing time this weekend, while transfers Laura Rayfield and Ayana O’Neal combined for nearly 300 minutes of total game time for the Sooners.
3. WEEKLY HONORS ABOUND
Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner and midfielder Lizzie Luallin captured weekly honors from the Big 12 following standout performances last weekend. Fahrner was named Defensive Player of the Week after making nine saves in 200 minutes of play against OSU and Utah, while Luallin captured Newcomer of the Week honors after posting an assist versus OSU and a goal against Utah.
4. SECOND HALF STRENGTH
After battling struggles in the second half last season, the OU squad is showing signs of becoming the second half aggressor in 2014. In the Sooners’ match with Utah, Oklahoma took seven shots in the second period while holding the Utes to just two attempts. Early chances by both Utah and OSU could have frazzled the Sooner defense, but composure won the day as OU stifled its opponents to the tune of only one goal in 26 shot attempts.
5. FOLLOW IT LIVE
Fans unable to catch this weekend’s action can watch Friday night’s contest on Fox College Sports Atlantic (FCSA) and Sunday’s match on Fox College Sports Central (FCSC).