NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma football team (4-5-1) opens the Big 12 conference game this weekend as the Sooners travel to Lubbock, Texas on Thursday for a first touch at 19 h CT v Texas Tech (7-1-1) before a Sunday afternoon contest in Norman with rival Red River Texas (4-3-2) at 1 p.m. Thursday’s game at Tech will be available to watch via ESPN + (subscription required) while Sunday’s game against the Longhorns can be seen on SoonerSports.tv (subscription required). Tickets for Sunday’s game are available through SoonerSports.com/tickets or at the front door before game time. The first 250 fans present will receive a free OR Soccer scarf.
The Sooners lost a hard-fought game to No.24 SMU last Sunday, 1-0. The Sooners controlled the game in all categories except the scoreboard, overtaking the Mustangs 14-2 in the game and putting up four shots on goal against SMU’s. OU had a canceled goal in the 17e minute like Bri Amos found the back of the net with potential help from Keera Melenhorst but the Sooners were called in for a close offside and the game went scoreless until SMU found the winning goal in the 59e minute.
MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM
The Sooners have shown improvement in the 2021 campaign and are 4-5-1 heading into the conference game. The team have already scored 15 goals, up from seven in 2020. In addition, the team threatened offensively, averaging 15.5 shots per game, more than five more than last season. Oklahoma’s 7.1 shots on goal per game rank fourth in the Big 12. The Sooners are efficient in their attempts on goal, putting 46 percent of their shots on frame. Senior Jazzy richards pace the team with four goals while his senior colleague Bri Amos has found the back of the net three times. Senior goalie Nikki panas was a force in the Sooners’ goal in 2021, making 29 saves in 727 minutes played.
QUOTE: COACH CARR AT THE START OF THE PLAY CONFERENCE
“I think the objective is to continue to develop what we have been doing. We are in a very good position after our performance against SMU where we outperformed the opponent and that is what we expected. Texas Tech are a good team but we have gained a lot of confidence throughout the non-conference games and we are going to give everything to go there and get the result we want. “
KNOW YOUR ENEMIES
Texas Tech enters the conference game 7-1-1 after a 3-0 win over East Washington last Sunday. Ashleigh Williams and Kirsten Davis punctuate the team with six goals apiece while Macy Blackburn leads the Red Raiders with six assists. In goal, Madison White has played every minute of the season, making 17 saves and shutting out five opponents. The last three meetings between the Sooners and the Red Raiders have ended in a draw dating back to the 2017 season.
Texas comes to Norman on Sunday after a Big 12 opener with Kansas State on Thursday. Currently, the Longhorns are 4-3-2 and recently beat SIUE last Sunday, 3-0. Lexi Missimo leads the Horns with seven goals this year while Missimo and Trinity Byars pace UT with five assists each. In net, Savannah Madden has made 33 saves this season in 844 minutes played.
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 13 freshmen played for the Sooners, along with Weber, Ella Pappas and Sheridan michel all scoring points for the OU. Pappas scored the double-overtime winning gold goal to beat Nebraska with an assist for Michel.
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 senior citizens 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 games for the Crimson & Cream.
The Sooners continue the Big 12 conference game with a pair of nationally ranked road games October 1-7 in West Virginia and the TCU.