Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OU Soccer Opens Big 12 Championship Play



The postseason is here, and the Oklahoma soccer team is back in the mix. The No. 6 seeded Sooners will open the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship on Wednesday evening, facing No. 3 Kansas under a week after the two teams last met. Oklahoma came away with a win in the match, snagging its fourth victory this season over a top-25 team with a 1-0 shutout win over the Jayhawks.

2. BACK ON TRACKOklahoma got back to its defensive roots in its win over Kansas. The victory snapped a four-match losing skid and marked the first win for OU since Oct. 5. The Sooners blanked an opponent for the seventh time this season, with goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner picking up her fifth shutout victory of the year. OU’s seven shutout victories in 2014 are the third-most in a single season in program history and the most for the squad since 2010.

3. TOURNEY TIMEAfter narrowly missing postseason qualification last season, the Sooners are back in the action this weekend with a shot at the program’s first-ever Big 12 title. This weekend marks Oklahoma’s ninth conference tournament appearance all-time and its second under head coach Matt Potter. OU and Kansas have only met once previously in the postseason, with KU taking a 1-0 win in the 2003 Big 12 Soccer Championship.

4. AWARD ROUND-UPOklahoma took home several weekly and postseason honors this week, with All-Big 12 Newcomer Team picks Laura Rayfield (D) and Lizzie Luallin (MF) leading the way. Kaitlyn Fahrner (Defensive) and Rasha Roberts (Newcomer) also captured Big 12 weekly awards, bringing OU to a program-best eight total awards this season. The Sooners’ two all-conference newcomer awards give OU at least one All-Newcomer team selection every year under head coach Matt Potter, while its eight academic all-conference awards mark give Oklahoma ten straight years of at least five academic all-conference selections.

5. FOLLOW LIVEFans can follow Oklahoma’s match through coverage provided at Live stats will be available at the conference website, while a live stream with commentary by Lincoln Rose will be featured on the Big 12 Digital Network.

/// SoonerSports PR
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