OU Heads West for Utah Road Trip
Sept. 13 | 8 p.m. CT | Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 15 | 8 p.m. CT | Orem, Utah
|2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON|
NORMAN –The Oklahoma soccer team kicks off a four-game road swing with a pair of games in Utah this weekend. The Sooners will take on Utah Thursday at 8 p.m. CT in Salt Lake City, before travelling to Orem, Utah to face Utah Valley on Saturday for an 8 p.m. match.
Thursday’s match will air on the Pac-12 Network and Saturday’s match can be streamed through the WAC Digital Network.
The Sooners split a pair of games over the weekend, defeating San Francisco, 4-1, and falling to California, 2-1. Against San Francisco, junior Ivanna Rivas tallied a pair of goals for her first multi-goal game of her career. Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao added her fourth goal of the season, while freshman Lauren Tovy notched her first career goal and picked up the game-winner.
OU went into Sunday’s match looking strong as freshman Hailey Davidson gave the team a 1-0 lead in the first half with her third goal of the year. The Bears would rally with a last-second goal in the first half and a second half goal to earn the 2-1 win.
REVENGE IS SWEET
After falling to San Francisco, 3-1, in 2017, the Sooners earned a revenge victory over the Dons with a 4-1 win in 2018. Sophomore goalkeeper McKinley Crone was excellent against USF, allowing just one goal while tallying nine saves. The lone goal was on a penalty kick that Crone was inches away from saving.
The Sooners needed just 10 shots for their four goals, with six shots coming on goal. In 2017, OU took 20 shots against the Dons, but only recorded one goal on a penalty kick late in the second half.
GOALS ON GOALS ON GOALS
OU has played seven games this season and has yet to be held off the scoreboard. This is only the seventh time in program history that OU has gone at least five games without being shut out. It’s the third longest stretch, with the Sooners going 13 consecutive games with at least one score in 2003 and eight games in 1998.
A trio of OU forwards have helped lead OU to a 2.29 goals per game average this season with their precise shooting skills. Junior Ivanna Rivas has an impressive .900 shot-on-goal percentage with nine of her 10 shots being on frame. Rivas has recorded four goals this season to tie for the team lead. Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao has tallied four goals on 14 shots this season, including eight shots on goal. Freshman Hailey Davidson has a trio of goals on just seven shots.
The Oklahoma offense has been stellar this season, recording 16 goals through seven games for an average of 2.29 goals per game. For comparison, the Sooners had scored just five goals through seven games in 2017. If the Sooners keep this pace up, they would be on pace for 41 goals this season, which would be a new school record (37, 2010).
Currently, the Sooners rank third in the Big 12 in total goals behind Baylor (20) and Texas (19). The Sooners also rank third with 43 total points and 11 assists.
BALANCED ATTACK Through seven matches, 20 Sooners have seen playing time, showcasing the depth the team has on its roster. Seven players have combined to score 16 goals, with redshirt junior Kaylee Dao and junior Ivanna Rivas leading the way with four. A pair of freshmen have already notched their first career goals with Hailey Davidson and Lauren Tovy each finding the back of the net.
Utah is 2-3-1 on the year with wins at Weber State and Utah State. The Utes snapped a two-game losing skid on Monday with a 3-0 victory over Utah State on the road. Hailey Skolmoski and Paola Van Der Veen lead the team with three goals each and Holly Daugira ranks first with a pair of assists. In goal, Carly Nelson has allowed seven goals with 27 saves.
Last weekend, the Utes dropped a Friday matchup to BYU, 3-2. Utah rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the 84th minute. The Cougars would score in the 85th minute, however, to top the Utes. On Monday, the Utes traveled to Utah State, picking up their second shutout victory of the year in a 3-0 win.
The Wolverines are 1-6-1 on the year and are coming off three-straight losses. Their lone win was a 3-2 victory at Cal Poly on Sept. 2. Utah Valley has recorded just seven goals this year while allowing 16. All seven goals have come from different players, though Breanna McCarter leads the way with 23 shots on the season.
Utah Valley is coming off back-to-back 2-1 losses to Portland and Washington. In both games, the Wolverines held the lead with first-half goals but squandered the lead late in the second half. Against Washington, UVU was just 10 minutes from the win before goals in the 81st and 84th minutes from the Huskies.
The Sooners open Big 12 play with games against Kansas and Kansas State. OU will face Kansas on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan., before taking on Kansas State Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. in Manhattan, Kan.