Oklahoma Soccer: Week Five
|Oklahoma at No. 11 BYU||Oklahoma at Utah|
|Thursday, Sept. 19 | 8 p.m. CT||Sunday, Sept. 22 | 2 p.m. CT|
|Provo, Utah (South Field)||Salt Lake City, Utah (Ute Soccer Field)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week Five
1. ROAD WARRIORS
The Oklahoma soccer team will head west to Utah this weekend as they open a three-match road stand that will span two weeks of play. Following this weekend’s contests against BYU and Utah, OU will open conference play next weekend on the road at Baylor. The Sooners return home on Oct. 4-13 with a stretch of three home matches against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Iowa State.
2. TRUE ROAD WIN
This weekend’s road contests will give the squad a chance to earn their first road win of the 2013 season. The Sooners have played four true road contests in difficult venues this non-conference season, including a trio of matches against top 25 opponents. Three of OU’s four road games have been in front of crowds of 1,000 or more, including 1,844 at Oklahoma State. BYU has hosted three home matches this season with attendance marks of 4,600 or more.
3. THE 100 MARK
With Oklahoma’s victories over Texas State, Kennesaw State and Oral Roberts this season, head coach Matt Potter currently holds 98 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. TAKING ON THE TOP 25
This weekend’s match up marks the fourth time this season OU will face an opponent who is ranked in at least one national poll. The Sooners have previously met with Tennessee, Florida and Florida State during non-conference play. Future foes Baylor, Texas Tech and West Virginia are all currently ranked in the top 25 nationally, and Oklahoma State has received votes in several national polls.
5. TELEVISED CONTESTS
Fans unable to travel to this weekend’s matches will still have the opportunity to watch the Sooners in action against BYU and Utah. Thursday evening’s match against the Cougars will be broadcast live on BYUtv, with live video available at byutvsports.org. Sunday’s contest with Utah will also be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponents based on 2013 overall stats.
|vs. Top 25||0-3-0||1-0-0||0-1-0|
Game 8 | at BYU
Oklahoma will play their first Thursday night match of the 2013 season in Provo, Utah at No. 11 BYU on Sept. 19. Set to begin at 8 p.m. CT, the match will be broadcast live on BYUtv with Spencer Linton on the call and Natalyn Lewis providing color commentary.
The Cougars are 4-1-1 this season after tying Oregon 0-0 and dropping a 1-0 decision to UC Irvine last weekend. BYU will look to rebound this weekend against the Sooners, who hold a 1-0 all-time advantage in the series.
BYU has averaged over 5,000 fans per match at its last three home contests, including a crowd of 5,402 against Utah on Sept. 6. The Cougars won that match by a score of 1-0.
Game 9 | at Utah
Oklahoma is set to close the weekend at Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Sept. 22. The match is slated for a 2 p.m. CT start and will receive a live broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Jason Knapp and Kyndra de St. Aubin on the call.
The 3-1-3 Utes are unbeaten at home this season with wins over Southern Utah and Weber State to their name. UC Davis took Utah to a 2-2 double-overtime tie on Sept. 13.
Utah’s hallmark thus far in 2013 is a tough defense that has allowed less than one goal (0.71) in seven matches. The Utes’ goalkeepers have made 38 saves and notched four shutouts this season.
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.).
Oklahoma opens conference play on the road next weekend against the No. 13 Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas. The Sooners are set to face BU on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. CT. Baylor holds a 6-0-2 record heading into this weekend and sits second in the Big 12 behind Texas Tech.