Sunday August 29 / 1:00 p.m. / John Crain Field / Sooner Sports TV / Tickets
NORMAN – The Oklahoma Soccer team are expected to continue their four home games on Sunday when they host Nebraska for a 1 p.m. game at John Crain Field. The Sooners are looking for their second non-conference victory of the young season against the undefeated Huskers.
The game will air on Sooner Sports TV with Chad McKee and Jemma Cota on call.
The Sooners (1-2-0) dominated Oklahoma State 11-10 Thursday night, but were beaten 2-0 in a non-conference game at Bedlam. Nikki panas returned to the field for the first time in 2021, starting in goal for OU. The match marked the first comeback game for OU fans since the COVID-19 pandemic as 1,045 Sooner Nation members flocked to John Crain Field to mark the fourth busiest home game in the past. last five seasons.
NIGHT AND DAY
Under the direction of the second-year head coach Marc Carr, the Sooners have started to find their rhythm in the 2021 campaign. The team have scored five goals and averaged 13.7 shots per game this season, having scored seven goals last season and averaging 9 , 9 shooting attempts in each match.
CARR WELCOMES 13 FRESHNESS
Carr will look to her first full recruiting class of 13 freshmen to make an impact on and off the pitch this season. The 13 signatories come to Norman from all over the world, with seven national players and six international players.
“We have high expectations for OU football and the 2021 class should have an immediate impact on the program and provide immediate competition,” Carr said of his freshman class. “Here at OU we love and embrace competition because we know it will only bring out the best in all of us. By adding this class to our core group of ghosts, the future is bright for football here at OU. . ”
Seven of the 13 freshmen made the Sooners’ first three games, with Weber, Ella Pappas and Muriel Kroflin all count points for the OU.
OU football is quickly making a name for itself as a haven for international prospects and coaches to cement their place at the top of college football in America. All three of Sooner’s coaching staff are from other countries, with Carr from England, Gough from Wales and Bard-Martel from Canada. But Norman’s international flair extends far beyond the sideline.
A total of seven student-athletes chose to live in Norman, including six first-year students. Freshman Leo Weber has been named one of the best international Top Drawer Soccer players to watch this season, while the Canadian prospects Sheridan michel, Keera Melenhorst and Nikki panas spent time in Canada’s National Junior Team program. Muriel Kroflin joins Carr’s 2021 class from Langenargen, Germany, where she spent her youth leading SC Freiburg to Bundesliga titles and playing for the German national youth team. Norwegian players A Hebnes Georgsen and Andrine Westlie round out the OU international squad, with Georgsen starting in net for the Norwegian junior national team in the UEFA U17 women’s qualifiers, while Westlie topped Bærum SK and the league after making his debut at 14 .
TRANSFERS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Carr not only revamped her roster with a great freshman class, but also used the transfer portal to bring three CCA student-athletes to Norman.
Makala thomas spent three seasons at Florida State, helping the Seminoles at the 2018 National Championship and playing in 29 games during his time at FSU. Alexis strickland joins the Perennial Central North Carolina Sooners, where she played in 27 games for the Tar Heels in freshman before failing to appear last season. The final transfer in 2021 is Molly feighan, who played 16 games last season at Virginia Tech and started all 19 games as a junior in 2019. All three players can play any position in the third forward for Carr’s team.
they join Erika Middleton (Miami), Sakky Yoshida (Oregon), Bri Amos (Kansas) and Olivia odle (Virginia Tech) as transfers in the OU program.
LEAD BY SENIORS
Despite such a large group of newcomers, the Sooners’ leadership comes in the form of their 12 seniors who combined for nearly 25,000 minutes of play at the Division I level. Lauren Haivala, Jazzy richards and Erika Middleton are all household names to Sooner fans, playing in over 100 Crimson & Cream games.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
Nebraska (3-0-0) entered Sunday’s game with a perfect record and beat their opponents 10-1 that year. The team’s 10 goals in three games were the Huskers’ fastest offensive start since 2003. Led by 27th-year head coach John Walker, the team ended an eight-game losing streak on the road Thursday when she knocked out Baylor 2-1 at Waco. Starting goaltender Sami Hauk has had two shutouts this year and was named the Big Ten GK of the Week last week. Reagan Raabe leads Nebraska with seven points this year.
STORY OF THE SERIES
The Sooners are trailing the all-time series with Nebraska 13-4-2, the most recent contest being in 2019 when the two teams played a 0-0 draw.
After Sunday’s game, the Sooners stay at Norman for a pair of non-conference games that conclude their homestand. Kansas City arrives in Norman Thursday for a 7 p.m. showdown, while North Texas travels to John Crain Field on Sunday for a 5 p.m. game. Both competitions will be broadcast on Bally Sports.
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