OU Set For Contests at ISU, No. 8 WVU
Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. CT | Ames, Iowa
Oct. 8 | 1 p.m. CT | Morgantown, W. Va.
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NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team will travel to Iowa State and No. 8 West Virginia to continue conference play this weekend. OU and Iowa State are set for a 7 p.m. CT match on Oct. 6, with OU and WVU facing off at 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 on FSN.
CRONE NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After posting back-to-back shutouts, including one over No. 8 Texas, freshman McKinley Crone was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Crone tallied 220 minutes in goal over the weekend, picking up her second and third shutouts of the season. The Maitland, Fla. native notched 16 saves on the weekend, including a career-high nine against Baylor Friday night.
On Sunday, Crone shined as she registered seven saves in a shutout victory over No. 8 Texas. Texas entered Sunday’s match averaging 1.81 goals per game, but Crone stepped up big, handing the Longhorns their first shutout of the season and ending their perfect season.
Oklahoma picked up two points in the conference standings with a pair of scoreless draws against Baylor and Texas. On Friday, freshman McKinley Crone set a career-high with nine saves in 110 minutes in goal. The Sooners were held to just five shots on the night, but the defense battled tough to stave off 21 shot attempts from the Bears and keep the match scoreless.
On Sunday, the Sooners handed then-No. 8 Texas its first tie of the season, ending the Longhorns perfect run. Texas had been averaging just under two goals per-game, but Crone once again stepped up, notching seven saves to keep the Longhorns off the board. The Sooners were the first team to shut out Texas this season.
AIMING FOR A BIG 12 WIN
Following a pair of scoreless draws last weekend, Oklahoma is on the hunt for its first conference win of the season this weekend. The Sooners dropped their Big 12 opener on the road at Oklahoma State in a tough 4-1 loss on Sept. 22 before tying both Baylor and Texas last weekend. OU is one of three conference teams still looking for its first win in Big 12 play alongside Kanas State (0-3-0) and Iowa State (0-3-0).
BREAK THE STREAK
The Sooners snapped a four-game losing skid last weekend with a pair of draws, but have yet to snap their winless streak. OU’s last win came on Sept. 10 at home against Illinois. Three of those losses were decided by two goals or less and the Sooners have given up just one goal in their last three games (one loss, two ties).
CONFERENCE ROAD WARRIORS
Starting with this weekend, the Sooners will once again be away from home for 19 days during the month of October, playing a stretch of three Big 12 matches on the road. After this weekend at Iowa State and West Virginia, OU will travel to TCU for an Oct. 13 matchup in Fort Worth. The Sooners’ season ends with an Oct. 27 match at Texas Tech.
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.
The Cyclones are 2-9-1 this season and 0-3-0 in league play after losses to Texas, Baylor and Kansas. The two wins for the Cyclones have come against Creighton and UMKC. Iowa State has scored just nine goals on the year, with Klasey Medelberg leading the way with three goals. Six players have contributed to the Cyclones nine goals this season. In goal, Dayja Schwichtenberg and Antonia Reyes have both seen action in at least six games, but Reyes has been the only keeper to see playing time in conference action. The pair have combined for 56 saves, but given up 19 goals to opponents.
West Virginia is 9-3-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in conference play after defeating Kansas State over the weekend. The Mountaineers have played a tough slate this season, facing six ranked teams, including then-No. 1 Penn State (W, 1-0). In games against ranked foes, the Mountaineers are 3-3 this season. Michaela Abam (three goals, two assists) and Sh’Nia Gordon (two goals, four assists) lead the team with eight points apiece. Eleven different players have contributed to WVU’s 17 goals this season, with five players scoring at least two goals. Goalkeeper Rylee Foster has logged every minute in goal this season, recording 26 saves and allowing just nine goals. Foster has posted six shutouts, including two over ranked opponents.
The Sooners will play their third-straight Big 12 road match as they travel to TCU on Oct. 13. That match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.