Sooners Wrap Up Road Swing at TCU
Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas
|2017 STATISTICAL COMPARISON|
NORMAN — The Oklahoma soccer team will wrap up a three-game road trip with a Friday night match against TCU. The match is set for 7 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas.
Oklahoma picked up another point in conference play with a scoreless draw against Iowa State Friday night. It was the Sooners third straight tie in conference play and extended their streak of not allowing a goal to 331 minutes. McKinley Crone set her career-high in saves with 10, giving her 27 saves over the Sooners three-game tie streak.
On Sunday, the Sooners faltered against West Virginia dropping a 5-1 decision. Kyle Escobedo scored the lone goal for OU in the 88th minute, marking the first OU goal since Sept. 22 against Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers built a 3-0 lead before halftime and added a pair of goals in the 55th and 75th minutes.
With an overall record of 0-2-3 in conference play, the Sooners still have hope to make the Big 12 Championship. With four games left, the Sooners have a total of three points and are tied with Kansas State for eighth place. The top eight teams in the Big 12 advance to the conference tournament. Next week’s game against Kansas State could be a potential make or break for OU.
Five Sooners hail from the state of Texas, with two being from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex: senior Tori Bowman (Colleyville), senior Madeline Brem (Flower Mound). Freshman Darbey Hargrove (Houston), junior Marissa McMahand (Round Rock) and senior Paige Welch (Austin).
AIMING FOR A BIG 12 WIN
Following a tie and loss last weekend, Oklahoma is still on the hunt for its first conference win of the season this weekend. The Sooners have a 0-2-3 record in conference play with losses to Oklahoma State and West Virginia, and ties with Baylor, Texas and Iowa State. Oklahoma and Iowa State are the only two winless teams left in the Big 12 after Kansas State picked up its first win last weekend.
ON THE HORIZON: BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
The 2017 Big 12 Soccer Championship will take place Nov. 1, 3 and 5 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. All quarterfinal and semifinal round matches will be streamed live by the Big 12 Digital Network, while the championship match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans looking to attend the tournament can purchase tickets by going to SeatGeek.com.
BREAK THE STREAK
The Sooners snapped a four-game losing skid on Sept. 29 with a draw against Baylor, but have yet to snap their winless streak. OU’s last win came on Sept. 10 at home against Illinois. The Sooners put together a string of ties, but had that streak snapped with a loss at West Virginia.
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 Horned Frogs are currently 9-4-1 on the season and 3-1-1 in conference play. TCU is in fourth in the Big 12 standings with 10 points and is three points ahead of fifth-place Baylor. TCU is 6-2 at home this season with losses against Northeastern and Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs have scored 25 goals while limiting opponents to just 10. Allison Ganter leads the team with 14 points (5g, 4a) and is 2-4 this season in penalty kicks. Nine different players have recorded at least one goal with seven notching at least two. In goal, Katie Lund has seen most of the playing time, recording a 8-2-1 record and five shutouts. Lund has allowed just six goals with 29 saves.
The Sooners return home for their final home games of the season against Kansas and Kansas State. OU and Kansas will meet on the field on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. to celebrate Senior Day. The final home match of the season against Kansas State is set for Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m.