NORMAN University of Oklahoma head soccer coach Matt Potter and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione released Oklahoma’s 2018 soccer schedule Tuesday.
The Sooners will play 18 regular season contests, including 10 home matches on John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.
“Our schedule gives us every opportunity to live into the traditions of our athletics department and standards we have set ourselves in recent times,” Potter said. “The challenge of the non-conference schedule presents us with opponents who are both seasoned in their respective conferences and with NCAA Tournament aspirations and experience. With home games against top teams in their respective leagues, there is an opportunity for the community to see some great games.”
Following a road exhibition match at North Texas on Aug. 10, the Sooners will kick off the regular season by welcoming Nebraska to Norman on Aug. 16. OU will also face Illinois State (Aug. 24), Gonzaga (Aug. 26), San Francisco (Sept. 7) and California (Sept. 9) in home non-conference contests. Sooner Sports TV will again broadcast all of OU’s home matches live.
The Sooners’ home schedule also includes five Big 12 matchups. OU will welcome Texas Tech (Sept. 28), Oklahoma State (Sept. 30), TCU (Oct. 5), Iowa State (Oct. 19) and West Virginia (Oct. 21) to John Crain Field.
In road conference contests, OU will take on Kansas (Sept. 21), Kansas State (Sept. 23), Texas (Oct. 12) and Baylor (Oct. 25).
OU’s non-conference road schedule includes matches against Oklahoma State (Aug. 19), Texas A&M (Aug. 31), Utah (Sept. 13) and Utah Valley (Sept. 15).
“Playing a competitive non-conference schedule prepares us for a demanding conference schedule,” Potter said. “In conference over the years, the quality and abilities of both the coaches and teams has impressed and inspired us all to be better and continually improve. Top to bottom we have a conference that competes at the highest levels across the country and we will have to be at our best to achieve our ambitions both in Big 12 play and as we aspire to compete in the postseason festivities.”
Eight of OU’s 2018 regular season opponents competed in the NCAA Tournament last year, including quarterfinalist Baylor, California, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia. Exhibition foe North Texas also advanced to the tournament.
The Big 12 Championship will again take place at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., the sixth straight year the venue will host the event. The conference’s top eight teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 as they vie for a Big 12 title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Season tickets for the 2018 Oklahoma soccer campaign are now on sale to the general public. Fans can order online via SoonerSports.com or over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. The season ticket package costs $50 for adult general admission. Faculty and staff, letterwinners, youth (6-18) and senior citizens (55+) can pick up season tickets for a discounted rate of $40. All seating is general admission. Single-game tickets will be available starting Aug. 1.
|Aug. 10||North Texas (Exh.)||Denton, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Aug. 16||Nebraska||Norman, Okla.||7 p.m.|
|Aug. 19||Oklahoma State||Stillwater, Okla.||7 p.m.|
|Aug. 24||Illinois State||Norman, Okla.||7 p.m.|
|Aug. 26||Gonzaga||Norman, Okla.||3 p.m.|
|Aug. 31||Texas A&M||College Station, Texas||8 p.m.|
|Sept. 7||San Francisco||Norman, Okla.||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 9||California||Norman, Okla.||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 13||Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah||8 p.m.|
|Sept. 15||Utah Valley||Orem, Utah||8 p.m.|
|Sept. 21||Kansas*||Lawrence, Kan.||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 23||Kanas State*||Manhattan, Kan.||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||Texas Tech*||Norman, Okla.||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 30||Oklahoma State*||Norman, Okla.||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||TCU*||Norman, Okla.||8 p.m.|
|Oct. 12||Texas*||Austin, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||Iowa State*||Norman, Okla.||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 21||West Virginia*||Norman, Okla.||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 25||Baylor*||Waco, Texas||7 p.m.|
* Big 12 Match | Dates and times subject to change