Soccer Slate Promises to Excite

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JUNE 09, 2014
InfographicNORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma soccer coach Matt Potter and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione released Oklahoma’s 2014 soccer schedule this week. The schedule is a challenging lineup that includes many of the nation's top teams.

OU’s slate will take the Sooners on the road and bring them home in near-equal amounts, with the squad hosting 10 matches at John Crain Field and participating in nine total away contests. The team will open the fall with four consecutive home events and five in total over the course of three weeks.

Oklahoma is set to face seven returning NCAA tournament teams, including 2013 defending NCAA runner-up Florida State. OU will also take on tournament contenders Oklahoma State, Utah, Florida, Nebraska, Texas Tech and West Virginia throughout the fall.

Of the seven tournament teams the Sooners will challenge this year, four finished 2013 ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I poll: Florida State (No. 2), Florida (No. 10), West Virginia (No. 12) and Texas Tech (No. 17).

Over the course of the fall, OU will participate in 11 total evening contests at home and away.

The Sooners will open in August with a challenging total of five consecutive contests against 2013 NCAA teams. Oklahoma will kick off the fall on Friday, Aug. 22 with season-opening Bedlam showdown against in-state rival Oklahoma State. The team will then close the weekend on Aug. 24 against the Utah Utes at the OU Soccer Complex.

The Sooners will follow up by hosting Florida and Florida State in back-to-back matches on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31, respectively. OU will welcome the Gators and the Seminoles after traveling to the Sunshine State to face both teams last season.

Coach Potter's 2014 Schedule TakeawaysHide

Q: What are the benefits and challenges of playing such a difficult schedule?
A: We want to be on the biggest of stages and be known as an elite program. We also have a vision and philosophy we want to live into. With that said we schedule to find out how close to those realities we are and to find out something about ourselves. I believe you accomplish those things by playing the best and a challenging schedule.

Q: You open the season with five consecutive games against NCAA tournament teams. What are your expectations for your team at the beginning of the year?
A: I haven't given a lot of thought to the past history of the teams other than we will prepare in the same manner we would for every game. Every game we look to compete, play in a style that echoes our philosophy and one that makes the community excited. Every game deserves our best effort.

Q: You'll have another relatively young team on the field this season. What can fans expect to see this fall?
A: Our athletes are committed to the vision of the program and the standards of the department and University. The lessons of the previous year will be invaluable to the group and with another talented incoming class we expect our product to give us every opportunity to compete and win games.

OU will split the first weekend in September, facing Nebraska on the road on the 5th before returning home for Central Arkansas on the 7th. The Sooners are set to spend much of September on the road, with four straight away matches against North Texas, Tulsa, UC-Irvine and San Diego. Potter’s squad will close the month and its non-conference schedule with a match against in-state foe Oral Roberts on Sept. 26.

October will be packed with conference action for the Sooners as OU tackles seven Big 12 opponents over the course of five weeks. Oklahoma will open Big 12 action on Oct. 3 at Texas Tech before hitting the road for Ames, Iowa and Iowa State on Oct. 5. The team will follow up with home contests against Baylor (Oct. 10) and TCU (Oct. 12) before a Bedlam rematch with Oklahoma State on Oct. 17.

OU will host Texas on Oct. 24 and journey to West Virginia on Oct. 26 before closing its regular season slate against Kansas at home on Oct. 31. The Sooners will cap the season aiming for their fourth Big 12 Tournament appearance in the last five seasons.

The 2014 season will conclude at the NCAA Women's College Cup on Dec. 5 and 7 in Boca Raton, Fla. 

Matt Potter enters his third season at the helm of the Oklahoma program this fall. He will lead a team onto the field that features 10 true freshman signees alongside 18 student-athletes who saw playing time in 2013, including eight who started 10 or more contests.



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