Oklahoma Soccer: Week Six
|Oklahoma at No. 12 Baylor|
|Friday, Sept. 27 | 7 p.m. CT|
|Waco, Texas (Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week Six
1. BIG 12 PLAY ARRIVES
The Oklahoma soccer team will open Big 12 Conference play this weekend on the road in Waco, Texas against the No. 12 Baylor Lady Bears. BU marks the second ranked opponent OU has faced in three matches, and the fifth top 25 foe Oklahoma has taken on this season. Baylor is 7-0-2 in 2013 and has posted six shutout victories in non-conference action. OU posted a 3-3-2 mark in Big 12 play last year, including a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Baylor on Sept. 21.
2. A BETTER TEAM
Following last weekend’s matches at BYU and Utah, OU head coach Matt Potter commented that he felt his team had become “a better team” because of the contests. The Sooners fell in a tough 3-2 loss to No. 11 BYU before battling to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime with Utah. Oklahoma held their opponents scoreless until at least the 78th minute of play in both matches.
3. CHASING 100
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. HOME VS. ROAD
Baylor is 5-0-1 at home this season and currently owns a nation-best unbeaten streak of 30 matches. The Sooners, in turn, are on the hunt for their first true road win of the season after posting a narrow loss to BYU and a tie with Utah on the road last weekend. The challenge will not be an easy one for OU: Baylor’s defense has only surrendered one goal this season (at Missouri) and has not allowed a goal at home in its last seven matches.
5. ROAD WARRIORS
OU’s match against Baylor on Friday night will cap a three-match road stand spanning two weeks of play. Oklahoma went on the road last weekend, facing BYU and Utah on Sept. 19 and 22, respectively. OU has played a total of six true road matches this fall in front of an average crowd size of over 1,300 fans. The Sooners return home on Oct. 4-13 with a stretch of three home matches against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Iowa State.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponent based on 2013 overall stats.
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Game 11 | at Baylor
Oklahoma opens league play this weekend with a Friday evening match at Baylor in Waco, Texas. Slated for a 7 p.m. CT start, the match will take place at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
The No. 13 Lady Bears are 7-0-2 this fall and have outscored their opponents by margin of 21-1, with Missouri being the lone opponent to score on BU. Baylor has also notched a pair of 0-0 ties with Texas A&M and McNeese State. BU holds the nation’s longest unbeaten streak, now at 30 total matches.
True freshman midfielder Ashley York has been a key part of the Lady Bears’ attack, starting all nine games for BU while notching four goals and one assist in 27 total shot attempts. York was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week for Aug. 27 after posting three goals and an assist in Baylor’s first week of play.
The Bears were picked to finish second in the Big 12 in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll and currently sit second in the conference standings.
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.).
The Sooners open a three-match home stand spanning two weeks of play next weekend. OU play the second of two matches in the Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 4 in Norman at 7 p.m. CT. OSU holds a 1-0 advantage in Bedlam this season after topping the Sooners 4-1 in late August.
OU will follow up on Oct. 11 and 13 with matches against Texas Tech and Iowa State, respectively. The Red Raiders currently lead the Big 12 with an overall mark of 9-1-0. Iowa State is 6-4-0 in non-conference action this fall.