Iowa State at Oklahoma
Oct. 19 | 7 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla.
West Virginia at Oklahoma
Oct. 21 | 1 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla.
|2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON|
NORMAN –The Oklahoma soccer team hosts its final two home games of the season this weekend, welcoming Iowa State and West Virginia to John Crain Field. The Sooners and Cyclones will take the field on Friday at 7 p.m. CT for Senior Night, honoring the 2018 senior class of Bethany Block, Jordan Hobart, Marissa McMahand, Emily Parker and Paige Welch.
Sunday’s game against West Virginia is set for a 1 p.m. start and will air through Sooner Sports TV on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Chad McKee and former OU soccer player Molly Ritchie will call the action, and Megan McDonald will be on the sidelines. Friday’s game against Iowa State will air exclusively on SoonerSports.TV.
Bethany Block, Jordan Hobart, Marissa McMahand, Emily Parker and Paige Welch will all be honored prior to Friday’s match against Iowa State. The five members of the 2018 senior class were all part of the 2016 NCAA Tournament team that won the first NCAA tournament game in program history and set the school record for most wins in a season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners hit the road for a single game last weekend. OU and Texas met in Austin, Texas with the Longhorns pulling out the 3-2 win in a back-and-forth match. The five combined goals scored was the most between the two teams since 2006, when the teams combined for six goals in a 3-3 tie.
Kaylee Dao gave OU the lead in the 16th minute on an assist from Marissa McMahand. Texas would tie the game in the 27th minute and take the lead in the 63rd minute. Austin native Paige Welch would bring OU back into the game with a goal in the 84th minute, her first score of the season. With exactly one-minute left on the clock, the Longhorns would strike again and earn the win.
BATTLE TO THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
With the end of conference play nearing, the race is on to see what eight teams will make the Big 12 Tournament field. The Sooners need just one win in their next three games to secure a spot in Kansas City, Mo. Currently, the Sooners are tied for seventh in the standings and have the tiebreaker over Oklahoma State for seeding purposes.
The 2018 freshman class has made an incredible impact since arriving on campus. Hailey Davidson leads the way with four goals, while Megan Reilly and Lauren Tovy have each added one goal apiece. Reilly and classmate Olivia Smith have each recorded a pair of assists and Davidson has added one of her own. Of the 11 members of the 2018 signing class, seven have seen action this season.
Senior Marissa McMahand has been an important piece to this year’s squad, assisting on seven goals this season. McMahand tied the school record with three assists in one game against Illinois State on Aug. 24. She is now just one assist away from tying the single-season record of eight, set in 2005 by Lauren MacIver and 2002 by Krissy Dawson. McMahand’s seven this season are currently tied for third in program history.
The Sooners have had quite the offensive turnaround from the 2017 season, almost doubling their season total from a year ago. Through 15 games OU has posted 25 goals for a 1.67 goals per game mark. In 2017, the Sooners tallied just 13 goals all season. The offensive surge has been primarily due to six goals from Kaylee Dao and four goals each from Hailey Davidson and Ivanna Rivas. OU has posted more than three goals in a game twice this season, earning a 7-1 victory over Illinois State and a 4-1 victory over San Francisco.
ON THE BOARD
With 15 games down, the Sooners have only been shut out twice all season. It’s a huge turnaround from the 2017 season when OU was shut out in 11 games. It’s the sixth time in program history that OU has been shut out less than three times by the 15-game mark. Only the 2003 and 2010 teams have a better mark, being shut out just once in the first 15 games.
The Cyclones are 2-12-2 on the year and 0-5-1 in conference play. Iowa State’s wins came over South Dakota State and Iowa. Iowa State is currently on a five-match losing streak but came close to upsetting conference leader Baylor in overtime during the stretch.
Courtney Powell leads the team with three goals on the year, while Emily Steil leads the team in points (9) and assists (5). Eight different players have contributed to the Cyclones’ offense this season. In goal, Dayja Schwichtenberg has allowed 28 goals and recorded 88 saves in 1,515 minutes this season.
West Virginia leads the Big 12 with a 5-1-0 conference record and a 9-3-3 overall record. The Mountaineers most recently defeated Iowa State, 2-0, to improve their standing in the Big 12. The lone blemish in conference play came at the hands of Baylor in a 1-0 overtime loss. WVU has allowed just two goals in Big 12 play.
Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel and Sh’Nia Gordon lead the team with five goals apiece and are two of 13 players to have scored for WVU this year. Lizzie Mayfield leads the team with four assists, while Ferrer-vanGinkel also holds the lead for points with 12. In goal, Rylee Foster has played all but 28 minutes, allowing just eight goals and tallying 20 saves with eight shutouts.
Friday: Senior Night; Face painting from 6-8 p.m.; Postgame autographs
Sunday: Balloon Artist from 12-2 p.m.; First 50 fans wil lrecieve a free nacho from the concession stand
The University of Oklahoma joined professional sports leagues and many of its college peers this fall introducing a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at home football games and all other home athletic events. It is recommended that fans allow extra time for stadium entry.
The approved clear plastic bag size is a maximum of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. Stadium policy will allow non-transparent clutch purses that are no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Bags that are necessary for medical equipment will be searched at marked medical lanes at the gate. No other bags or purses including diaper bags will be permitted and the limit on bags is one per person.
Fans will empty only cell phones, keys and metal objects larger than keys from their pockets before screening. Medical lanes will be marked around the stadium for fans who require alternate screening methods.
The Sooners will travel to Waco, Texas, to face No. 13 Baylor in the final game of the regular season. OU and Baylor will face off on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.