Nov. 1 | 11:30 a.m. CT | Kansas City, Mo.
|2017 STATISTICAL COMPARISON|
NORMAN — The No. 8 seed Oklahoma soccer team opens Big 12 Championship play against No. 1 seed Oklahoma State at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. The match will be played at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., and will live stream for free via the Big 12 Digital Network.
No. 8 seed Oklahoma will open the 2017 Big 12 Soccer Championship on Wednesday afternoon, facing the regular season champs, and No. 1 seed, Oklahoma State. It’s the third meeting of the season between the two teams as the Sooners dropped a pair of matches earlier in the season, 2-1 and 4-1.
The Sooners are back in action at this week’s Big 12 Championship. OU finished in eighth place, knocking Kansas State and Iowa State out of the tournament as just the top eight teams make the field. This marks OU’s 12th conference tournament appearance all-time and its fifth under sixth-year head coach Matt Potter. This will be the fourth time in program history that the Sooners and Cowgirls will meet in postseason competition. The Cowgirls lead postseason competition with a 2-0-1 advantage.
ALL-BIG 12 HONOREE
Oklahoma soccer redshirt sophomore Kaylee Dao captured All-Big 12 honors for the second time in her career, the conference announced Monday. Dao was placed on the first team in a utility spot. Dao has appeared in 16 games this season, leading the team with four goals on the year. She has tallied two game-winning scores this season, including a golden goal against Tulsa to help the Sooners secure their first victory of the year. Dao has also picked up one assist on the year and was perfect on her lone penalty kick attempt of the season. This is the second Big 12 honor for Dao as she earned a spot on the All-Big 12 freshman team after her first campaign with the Crimson and Cream. She is just the seventh player in OU history to earn Big 12 honors in more than one season.
After clinching their spot in the Big 12 Championship with a win over Kansas State, the Sooners traveled to Lubbock for the regular season finale. The two teams entered the match with identical conference records and were playing for seeding purposes. Tech walked away with the 3-0 victory to earn the No. 7 seed, while the Sooners earned the No. 8 seed.
BROKE THE STREAK
After going winless in 10-straight games, the Sooners broke the streak, picking up their first win in over a month. OU downed Kansas State in a gritty 3-2 victory on Oct. 22 to earn its first Big 12 win of the season and snap the winless streak.
Senior defender Jordyn Knox is the lone member of the 2017 Sooner squad with a tie to Missouri. Knox hails from Kearney, Mo. and attended Kearney High School. Kacie Kinley (Shawnee, Kan.) and Lizzie Luallin (Leawood, Kan.) are both from the Kanas City metro area.
The Cowgirls captured the 2017 Big 12 Conference regular season title, finishing with an 8-1-0 record in league play. OSU topped Texas, 1-0, in overtime to clinch the title and earn the No. 1 seed for the upcoming conference tournament. The Cowgirls have a 15-2-2 overall record, falling only to California and West Virginia. OSU has outscored opponents 49-13 on the season. Haley Woodard leads the team with seven goals, closely followed by Taylor Olson’s six. In goal, Michela Ongaro has allowed just 12 goals and recorded 68 saves in 1477 minutes.
Should the Sooners pick up a victory on Wednesday, they would face the winner of No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Baylor on Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m.