Oklahoma Soccer: Week Four
|Oklahoma vs. Oral Roberts||Oklahoma vs. North Texas|
|Friday, Sept. 13 | 7 p.m. CT||Sunday, Sept. 15 | Noon CT|
|Norman, Okla. (OU Soccer Complex)||Norman, Okla. (OU Soccer Complex)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week Four
1. BACK ON TRACK
The Oklahoma soccer team will look to get back on track this weekend after getting shut out in consecutive matches last weekend against No. 10 Florida and No. 2 Florida State. The matches marked the first time this season that OU has dropped back-to-back contests.
2. STRONG AT HOME
The Sooners are 1-0 at home this season after defeating Texas State 4-0 on Sept. 1. OU is often at its strongest at home: last season, Oklahoma posted a 5-3-2 mark at John Crain Field that included wins over Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas and TCU. The Sooners hold an 80-56-15 all-time mark when playing at home in Norman.
3. THE 100 MARK
With Oklahoma’s victories over Texas State and Kennesaw State so far this season, head coach Matt Potter currently holds 97 career victories spanning two schools and 11 seasons. Potter accumulated 88 victories at his previous stop at Washington State before arriving in Norman prior to the 2012 season. He led the Sooners to a 7-9-4 record in his first season at Oklahoma in 2012.
4. SHARP SHOOTERS
A trio of Sooner forwards have accounted for nearly half (19) of OU’s 37 shots on goal so far this season. True freshman Caren Nelson leads the way with seven shots on goal, while true freshman Madison Saliba and sophomore Devin Barrett each have six shots apiece. Nelson has been a key part of Potter’s offensive attack over the last three games, posting OU’s first goal in a 4-0 shutout of Texas State and the Sooners’ first shot of the game against both Florida and Florida State.
5. SOCCER LIVE ON SOONER SPORTS TV
The Oklahoma Athletics Department and FOX Sports announced in August that Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX would broadcast all seven of OU’s home matches this season. This weekend’s matches will be carried on FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Central, with Chad McKee on the call and Melissa Terry providing color commentary for the broadcasts.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponents based on 2013 overall stats.
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|Central Region Rank||N/A||N/A||6|
Game 6 | vs. Oral Roberts
The Sooners will open the weekend against in-state foe Oral Roberts on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT, with a live TV broadcast through Sooner Sports TV.
ORU holds a 4-1 record in 2013 with wins over Missouri State, Kansas City and Southwestern Oklahoma State. Senior Jennifer Abernathy scored two goals and added three assists in the Golden Eagles’ 6-1 win over SOSU.
Friday evening’s match is Sooner Jr. Kid’s Club Night, with free sidewalk chalk and coloring books available to club members. Students in attendance can receive free Raisin’ Canes, and there will be face painting, coloring and balloons for Fowler Family Fun Night. The OU RUF/NEKS will be at the match, and fans presenting a valid OU/Tulsa football ticket can receive $4 admission. There will also be Friday night fireworks following the contest.
Game 7 | vs. North Texas
Oklahoma will close the weekend on Sunday against the North Texas Mean Green. The match is slated for a noon CT start at the OU Soccer Complex, with a live TV broadcast of the match available through Sooner Sports TV.
North Texas is 4-2 this season after losses to No. 10 Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. A 2012 NCAA Tournament team, the Mean Green arrive in Norman after defeating Sam Houston State (3-0) and TCU (2-0) last weekend. A major part of North Texas’ efforts has been freshman Rachel Holden, who is ranked ninth nationally with six goals in six total games.
Sunday’s game will be Norman Public School Day at John Crain Field. The first 250 fans arriving at the complex will receive free popcorn, while face painting, coloring and balloons will also be available. In addition, Second Chance Dog Rescue will be on site and fans are encouraged to bring food, toys and treats to donate to the organization.
With 15 newcomers hitting the field this season for the Sooners, fans can expect to see plenty of new faces on the pitch throughout the fall. The OU coaching staff signed 14 prospects to their signing class in February before adding one additional transfer in the spring.
In-state products joining OU this season are Shiloh Price (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Madison Saliba (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Lisa Robinson (Oklahoma City, Okla.).
The Sooners also added four Arizona high school standouts in Jemma Cota (Mesa, Ariz.), Jamie Iurato (Mesa, Ariz.), Madison Kinzer (Oro Valley, Ariz.) and Rachel Ressler (Phoenix, Ariz.). Four athletes from the Texas soccer ranks chose OU as well: Courtney Forte (Flower Mound, Texas), Paige Jacobs (Coppell, Texas), Miranda Larkin (Rockwall, Texas) and Purdue transfer Katie Sheinfeld (Dallas, Texas).
Rounding out the OU roster will be Daisy Cardona (Ventura, Calif.), Kaitlyn Fahrner (Las Vegas, Nev.), Caren Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Elise Romano (Basking Ridge, N.J.).
OU will hit the road next weekend for a pair of matches in the state of Utah. The Sooners will take on No. 6 BYU on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. CT before closing the weekend at Utah on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. CT.