Regular Season Concludes Thursday at Baylor
Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. CT | Waco, Texas
|2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON|
NORMAN – The Oklahoma soccer team concludes its regular season Thursday night in Waco, Texas, at No. 10 Baylor. The Sooners and Bears will kick off at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field at 7 p.m. CT.
LAST TIME OUT
In its final home games of the season, OU went 1-1 to close out play at John Crain Field. On Friday night, the Sooners defeated Iowa State, 2-1, on Senior Night. Seniors Marissa McMahand and Emily Parker each tallied a goal with Parker recording the game-winner.
On Sunday, the Sooners missed opportunities in a 4-1 loss to No. 16 West Virginia. Ivanna Rivas tallied the lone goal for OU, while the Sooners had four shots that went off the crossbar or the post.
ON THE HORIZON: BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
The Sooners secured a spot in the Big 12 Tournament field with their win over Iowa State on Friday. OU could finish as either the sixth or seventh seed, depending on how the final games play out over the weekend. With the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Iowa State and Oklahoma State, the Sooners can finish no lower than seventh.
Twelve members of the OU soccer team are native Texans and will be returning to their home state this week. Ten of the 11 members of the freshman class, along with seniors Marissa McMahand and Paige Welch all hail from the Lone Star State. Abigail Bancroft, Chloe Bohanon, Hailey Davidson, Megan McClay, Jackie Stacy and Lauren Tovy are all from North Texas, while Megan Reilly, Jasmine Richards, Cameron Tharp and Paige Thompson hail from the Houston area. McMahand and Welch are the closest to Waco, both natives of the Austin metroplex.
The 2018 freshman class has made an incredible impact since arriving on campus. Hailey Davidson leads the way with four goals, while Megan Reilly and Lauren Tovy have each added one goal apiece. Reilly and classmate Olivia Smith have each recorded a pair of assists and Davidson has added one of her own. Of the 11 members of the 2018 signing class, seven have seen action this season.
Senior Marissa McMahand has been an important piece to this year’s squad, assisting on seven goals this season. McMahand tied the school record with three assists in one game against Illinois State on Aug. 24. She is now just one assist away from tying the single-season record of eight, set in 2005 by Lauren MacIver and 2002 by Krissy Dawson. McMahand’s seven this season are currently tied for third in program history.
The Sooners have had quite the offensive turnaround from the 2017 season, almost doubling their season total from a year ago. Through 17 games OU has posted 28 goals for a 1.65 goals per game mark. In 2017, the Sooners tallied just 13 goals all season. The offensive surge has been primarily due to six goals from Kaylee Dao and five from Ivanna Rivas. OU has posted more than three goals in a game twice this season, earning a 7-1 victory over Illinois State and a 4-1 victory over San Francisco.
ON THE BOARD
With 17 games down, the Sooners have only been shut out twice all season. It’s a huge turnaround from the 2017 season when OU was shut out in 11 games. It’s the sixth time in program history that OU has been shut out less than three times by the 17-game mark. Only the 2003 and 2010 teams have a better mark, being shut out just once in the first 15 games.
The Bears are 14-4-0 on the year and 7-1-0 in Big 12 play. Baylor is in line to earn at least a share of the Big 12 title as it holds the same record as West Virginia in conference play. The Bears do have the head-to-head tiebreaker over WVU and could earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
As a team, the Bears have tallied 36 goals off the feet of 10 different players. Baylor is led by Camryn Wendlandt’s eight goals and Jackie Crowther’s five assists. Three players have scored at least five goals, with Julie James (6) and Reagan Padgett (5) joining Wendlandt. In goal, Jennifer Wandt has played a majority of the minutes, appearing in all 18 games and recording 53 saves. Wandt has allowed just nine goals on the season. Hannah Parrish has seen action in five games, allowing five goals and recording eight saves.
The Big 12 Tournament will kick off Sunday, Oct. 28, in Kansas City, Mo. Seeding and opponents for the quarterfinals will be determined at the conclusion of Thursday’s games.