Oklahoma Soccer: Week 11
|Oklahoma at Kansas|
|Friday, Nov. 1 | 3 p.m. CT|
(Jayhawk Soccer Complex)
2013 Oklahoma Soccer at a Glance
Sooner Notebook: Five Notes for Week 11
1. WIN AND YOU’RE IN
Following the result of last weekend’s matches for both the Oklahoma and Kansas soccer teams, Friday’s regular season finale has transformed into a play-in game for the Big 12 Championship. With KU and the Sooners occupying the No. 8 and No. 9 spots in the conference standings, respectively, this weekend’s winner will clinch the eighth and final berth in the conference tournament next week in Kansas City.
2. ON THE HORIZON: BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
Following last weekend’s loss to West Virginia, OU sits in ninth in the Big 12 standings with a chance to qualify for the squad’s fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship. 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.
3. CHASING 100
With a win on Friday, the OU soccer team will keep their season alive and push head coach Matt Potter over 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.
4. BATTLE OF THE GKS
Both the Sooners and the Jayhawks have counted on strong play in the goal to stay competitive throughout the tough Big 12 conference slate this fall. OU goalkeeper Kassadie Stade has logged 67 saves, three shutouts and a 1.83 goals allowed average in 16 appearances this season. She will face off with Kansas GK Kaitlyn Stroud, who owns 88 saves and five shutouts for a 1.14 goals allowed average in 18 starts.
5. TELEVISED MATCHES CONTINUE
Fans wishing to follow Friday’s match will be able to catch the contest live on Metro Sports and ESPN3. ESPN3 is available at espn.go.com/watchespn, where fans can watch streams for free if they are registered with a participating cable or high speed internet provider. Friday’s broadcast marks the 13th time this season Oklahoma soccer has received a live broadcast for a match.
Below is a look at a statistical comparison between OU and this weekend’s opponents based on 2013 overall stats.
|vs. Top 25||0-8-0||1-3-0|
Game 18 | Kansas
OU will wrap up the 2013 regular season on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. CT. The match will be held at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan., with a live broadcast available through Metro Sports on ESPN3.
KU and Oklahoma enter Friday’s contest holding the No. 8 and No. 9 spots, respectively, in the Big 12 standings. The winner of the match will extend their season and earn a spot in the conference championship field.
The Jayhawks are 6-10-2 in 2013, including a 1-5-1 mark in Big 12 play. KU tied Iowa State 0-0 in double overtime on Oct. 4 before dispatching No. 23 Baylor 2-0 on Oct. 20.
Senior Caroline Kastor has led the way for Kansas, racking up six goals and three assists on 50 total shots this season. Liana Salazar has added three goals and a trio of assists.
Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud has been a defensive key for the Jayhawks with 18 starts in the goal and five shutouts overall. Stroud was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24.
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.).
A win on Friday will qualify OU for their fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship appearance. The Big 12 Soccer Championship will be held in Kansas City, Mo., for the first time in conference history. The tournament will take place on Nov. 6, 8 and 10 at Swope Soccer Village.
The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the championship will be broadcast live on the Big 12 Digital Network, while the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 10 will air live on FOX Sports 1.
Fans wishing to purchase tickets for the championship event may do so through Ticketmaster and Sporting KC.