Thursday, August 16, 2012

Soccer: Oklahoma Hosts Nebraska Friday in 2012 Opener

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team (0-0) kicks off the 2012 season at home for fourth time in the last six years when it hosts Nebraska (0-0) on Friday, Aug. 17. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start time at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex and is the start of a four-game homestand for the Sooners. OU will also host LSU, Nicholls State and Vanderbilt in the longest homestand of 2012.

OU is coming off a 2-0 exhibition loss at home against Tulsa on Saturday. Nebraska was victorious in its lone exhibition game with a 2-0 decision at South Dakota State on Aug. 10. Nebraska enters its 19th season under head coach John Walker. The Huskers were 7-10-1 in 2011 and finished 10th (4-7) in their first season in the Big 10 Conference. NU returns six starters from a year ago and was picked to finish 10th this season by the league coaches.

The Sooners are 2-12-1 all-time against the Huskers after the last meeting in 2010, which ended in a scoreless tie in Norman. The double overtime game ended a five-game winning streak for Nebraska in the series. OU last topped NU in 2004, a 1-0 decision in Norman. The Sooners are 1-5-1 all-time against the Huskers in Norman. Nine of the 15 all-time meetings have been decided by one goal or less, with Nebraska holding a 7-1-1 advantage.

Game 2 | vs. LSUOn Monday, Aug. 20, Oklahoma welcomes LSU (0-0) to Norman for the first time since 2008. The Sooners and Tigers are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the OU Soccer Complex.

LSU did not play a preseason game and Monday’s contest marks the 2012 season opener for the Tigers. LSU was 13-8-1 under head coach Brian Lee in 2011. It returns six starters from the team that finished first in the SEC West at 8-3-0. The Tigers were picked to finish second in SEC West this season behind former Big 12 member Texas A&M.

The Sooners are 0-4-1 all-time against the Tigers, which have won the last three meetings. The two met in Baton Rouge in 2011 and LSU prevailed by a 2-1 score. The Sooners are 0-1-1 in games played at the OU Soccer Complex against the Tigers. In 2008, LSU topped OU 4-0 in Norman, but the Sooners tied the Tigers, 2-2, in 1999.

On the WebFans can follow live stats for both games with a link via the schedule page on SoonerSports.com. Fans can also catch updates via Twitter on the offical page of the soccer program, @SoonerSoccer.

///SoonerSports PR
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