Sept. 1 | 3 p.m. CT | Boise, Idaho
Sept. 1 | 3 p.m. CT | Boise, Idaho
|2017 STATISTICAL COMPARISON|
NORMAN —The Oklahoma soccer team will hit the road for a two-match weekend in Boise, Idaho, facing Oregon in a neutral-site match before taking on host Boise State. The Sooners will look for their first win over the Ducks on Friday at 3 p.m. CT before facing the Broncos for the first time in program history on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT. Live stats will be available for both matches, as well as a live stream on the Mountain West Network.
Sunday’s overtime win against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane was not only the first golden goal victory of the season, but also the first win of 2017. Oklahoma struggled offensively through the first three games, tallying just 23 total shots over three games. Against Tulsa, the Sooners notched a season-best 26 shots, nine on goal. OU was agressive from the beginning, recording 13 shots in the first half alone.
Oklahoma has faced Oregon just twice in program history, with the most recent meeting being almost ten years ago in 2008. The teams first squared off in 1996, the first year of Oklahoma soccer. Oregon won both prior meetings, outscoring the Sooners 6-0 between the two games.
The Sooners and Broncos will square off for the first time in program history on Sunday. Boise State will be OU’s first opponent from the state of Idaho.
SOONERS PICKED THIRD
OU has been picked third in the Big 12 Soccer Preseason Poll in a vote of conference coaches. This matches the highest preseason Big 12 ranking in program history for the Sooners, with the 2016 squad also claiming third.
West Virginia was picked as the unanimous selection to win the league. Kansas was selected to finish second, and Texas Tech was tabbed fourth. Baylor, Oklahoma State, and TCU were next at fifth, sixth and seventh, while Texas and Iowa State claimed eighth and ninth. Kansas State, which enters its first season as a member of the Big 12 soccer league, rounded out the preseason poll in tenth.
SOONERS ON THE ROAD
After opening the season with three home games in four matches, the Sooners will hit the road for six of their next seven games. Upon returning to Oklahoma for a single game on Sept. 10, the Sooners will spend two straight weekends on the road facing three California teams. Six of Oklahoma’s 11 road games will take place in the month of September.
WELCH NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Oklahoma junior defender Paige Welch was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer Team on Aug. 9. The Austin, Texas, native has started all 41 games she has played in as a Sooner. In her two first two seasons, Welch has helped OU to 17 shutouts. Welch owns three career goals, all game winners. Her 12th-minute goal against SMU in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament helped the Sooners advance during last year’s postseason run.
The Ducks currently sit at 1-1-0 on the season, after having a match at No. 16 Texas A&M cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. Marissa Everett has accounted for two of the Ducks three goals this season, with Brianne Parsons notching the third. Oregon returns 15 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2016 squad that finished 8-10-2 (2-7-1 Pac-12). Through just three games, the Ducks are averaging 10.5 corner kicks per game, a number which leads the Pac-12. The Ducks are led by fifth-year head coach Kat Mertz.
Boise State sits at 2-1-1 on the season, picking up wins over Idaho State and Southern Utah, and tying Idaho, after a season-opening loss to Montana. The Broncos exploded for five goals against Southern Utah in a 5-1 victory, their largest margin of victory this season. Baylee Blaser leads the team with four goals on the year. Boise State returns nine starters from a 2016 squad that finished 6-11-4 and earned a spot in the Mountain West Championship. The Broncos also return Raimee Sherle, the 2016 Mountain West Newcomer of the Year. Senior Janelle Flores was an All-Mountain West First Team selection in 2016 and currently sits in the top spot in Boise State history with a 1.02 goals against average. The Broncos are led by Jim Thomas, who enters his fifth season as Boise State’s head coach.
The Sooners return to the friendly confines of John Crain Field, hosting Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon.