Oklahoma Soccer: Week 10
|Oklahoma vs. West Virginia|
|Friday, Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. CT|
|Norman, Okla. (OU Soccer Complex)|
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Senior Night Tribute
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week 10
1. SENIOR NIGHT
With only two matches left in the regular season, the Oklahoma soccer team will try and strike out a path to the Big 12 Championship this weekend against conference frontrunner West Virginia. Friday evening’s match against the Mountaineers will serve as Senior Night, honoring Bailey Boulware, Zoe Dickson and Kathryn Watson for their contributions to OU on and off the field.
2. FIRST BIG 12 WIN
The Sooners snapped a four-match losing skid last weekend with a 1-0 win over TCU, giving Oklahoma its first conference win of the season. Abby Hodgen buried a free kick in the 54th minute of play, while Kassadie Stade led the OU defense to its fourth shutout win this fall. The victory kept the Sooners’ conference championship hopes alive in a narrow race for one of eight berths in the Big 12 Championship.
3. ON THE HORIZON: BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
The 2013 Big 12 Soccer Championship will take place Nov. 6, 8 and 10 in Kansas City, Mo., at Swope Soccer Village. The top eight teams in the conference advance to tournament play in hopes of claiming the conference postseason title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. Oklahoma currently sits ninth in the conference standings and is only one game back from the No. 7 and 8 teams.
4. CHASING 100
Oklahoma’s win over TCU last weekend pushed head coach Matt Potter to the brink of the 100-win mark for his coaching career. Potter currently holds 99 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.
5. WATCH LIVE ON SOONER SPORTS TV
Fans unable to attend Friday’s Senior Night contest with WVU will be able to watch the match live via Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX. The match will be carried on FS Oklahoma and FCS Atlantic, with Chad McKee on the call and Melissa Terry providing color commentary. Friday’s broadcast marks the 12th time this season that a Sooner soccer match has been carried on live television.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponents based on 2013 overall stats.
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Game 17 | West Virginia
Oklahoma closes their home schedule vs. West Virginia on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. CT. The match will take place at the OU Soccer Complex in Norman, Okla.
The West Virginia Mountaineers carry a 12-2-2 record, including a 6-0-0 mark in Big 12 play that seats them first in the conference standings. The Mountaineers defeated OU’s next opponent, Kansas, in their previous game by a score of 2-0. West Virginia’s only losses or ties this season have all come against opponents that were ranked 12th or higher.
The Mountaineers have been led this season by senior Frances Silva, who has notched 11 goals and 12 assists on 62 total shots. Silva is a two-time Big 12 offensive player of the week this season and is a 2013 Senior CLASS Award candidate.
Senior Night Promotions
Friday’s match will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring active seniors Bailey Boulware, Zoe Dickson and Kathryn Watson, as well as medically retired senior Carrie Whigham.
Fans with a valid OU/Texas Tech football ticket will receive $4 admission to the match, which will also have face painting, coloring and balloons for Fowler Family Fun Night.
Fireworks and post-game autographs will follow the contest.
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 closes regular season play next Friday, Nov. 1 on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks. The match is slated for a 3 p.m. CT start at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan.
KU enters this weekend at sixth in the Big 12 with a 1-3-1 record in conference play and a 6-8-2 mark overall. The Jayhawks downed Baylor 2-0 in Lawrence last Sunday and are set to face Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on the road this weekend.