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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the fourth week of the women’s soccer season. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alimata Rabo scored the Offensive award while Oklahoma Baptist’s Jennifer Goethe and Emly Griffith earned the Defender and Goalkeeper honors.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alimata Rabo, Southwestern Oklahoma State, F, Jr., Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Rabo overtook the national lead in goals and points as she netted six goals and tallied 13 points in dominating wins against Northwestern Oklahoma State and East Central. She scored twice and added an assist against the Rangers. She amassed four first-half goals against the Tigers, the eighth hat trick of her career.
GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Jennifer Goethe, Oklahoma Baptist, D, Sr., Shawnee, Oklahoma
Goethe helped the Lady Bison open 2-0 in GAC play as they registered a pair of home victories. In Thursday’s 2-1 win against Harding, she anchored a defense that allowed 11 shots. On Saturday, she led an effort that gave up 11 shots to Ouachita, and only three in the second half that helped allowed the Lady Bison to score twice for the come-from-behind win.
GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Emily Griffith, Oklahoma Baptist, So., Parker, Colorado
Griffith, the 2017 GAC Goalkeeper of the Year, picked up her first GAC weekly award of 2018 after she made a total of nine saves in GAC wins against Harding and Ouachita. She made four saves in Thursday’s 2-1 GAC opener against the Lady Bisons. On Saturday, she totaled five saves in a 2-1 win against the Tigers.
Emmily Infante, MF, Oklahoma Baptist (Scored or assisted on three of Lady Bison’s four goals); Bethany Sutherland, MF, Harding (Scored against both Oklahoma Baptist and Southern Nazarene)
Steffi Silvera, GK, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Allowed only one goal in 167:57 minutes of action; made six saves)
The OK Freedom basketball team won the Greg Swaim Big Time Challenge in Ripley, OK (Stillwater area) Saturday September 15th.
They went 3-0 on the day and beat the Wichita Express (KS) in the championship game.
OK Freedom team memvers are: Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Pierce, Brayli Beason, Sky Bluford; Abbi Covey, Ariana Loggins, Kara Albert and Sophie Pulice.
On Friday, Sep. 7, 2018, representatives from The Community State Bank and Central National Bank, both of Poteau, Okla., presented Head Cross Country Coach, Aaron Emberton with donated shoes for the CASC Cross Country teams.
“Shoes are just like tires, over time, the tread wears,” said Emberton. “Our runners are putting a lot of miles on their shoes each week. One pair of shoes will not last throughout the season. I began asking friends in the running community for donations of old shoes, just to get us through until I could order a new pair for each runner. I ended up getting much more than I asked for.”
Josh Wiersig and Jackie Perez, both of Community State Bank, pulled funds together to supply each runner with a new pair of shoes, according to Emberton. Central National Bank also recognized the need and made contributions to help the student athletes.
“Ron Hall brought us a monetary donation to help with other costs associated with keeping our runners equipped with proper running attire,” Emberton said.
In addition to the donations from TCSB and CNB, local running groups have donated gently used running shoes to the CASC student athletes.
“We have a communtiy that is active in running,” Emberton said. “They understand the importance of having good shoes in which to train. Mary Law, CASC staff member, donated several pairs of shoes. Hali Repass was also able to secure even more pairs of shoes and running attire for our female runners.
“This is how a community works.” Emberton continued. “We were in need and our community stepped in to provide for that need. Community State Bank and Central National Bank are always willing to help Carl Albert State College. They have been great community partners for decades. I asked for a small donation and they said they would do one better. In addition to our business partners, members of local running groups also came up big for us. On behalf of the Cross Country program, I would like to say Thank you to our wonderful partners.”
Story courtesy of David Seeley The Poteau Daily News
The Carl Albert State College cross country team began their 2018 season Saturday, participating in the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Open in Weatherford.
The Vikings have five runners — two of them local, Poteau's Jacob McBride and Wister's Kaiden Jackson. Hartshorne's Andreas Lujano, Meeker's Justis Nelson and Muniru Bah from Gambia round out the roster.
The Lady Vikings have four runners — three of them former Heavener Lady Wolves, Vanessa Martinez, Iris Martinez and Yisel Martinez.
"There is excitement growing for this season," CASC coach Aaron Emberton said. "I believe the runners are ready to compete."
CASC women's best 4K time, 18:21.8 was posted by Iris Martinez of Heavener HS and CASC men's best 6K time, 23:14.6 was posted by Andres Lujano of Hartshorne HS.
Comparing where things begin with the inaugural season of the program last year to now, there's quite a difference.
"My goal was to have at least five athletes on both squads," Emberton said. "I ended with four women and five men. That was starting with two runners from last years squad. I believe the word is spreading to the high schools about our program. We are also attending more meets this year which should help our exposure. If everything goes well, we will have seven returners next year, to go along with new recruits."
Emberton said this year's runners have had an excellent preseason to get them ready for the expanded schedule of meets this season.
"All runners but one have had a healthy preseason," he said. "Most athletes came to school in shape. A few needed a week or two to get back to running form. We have escaped the injury bug so far. However, we do have one runner who needs additional medical clearance before competing. We expect that to be taken care of by next week."
Although the program is just two years old, Emberton said there are high expectations for this season.
"I have high expectations for all of the runners, individually," he said. "I expect each runner to improve every meet. When it comes to the teams success, I expect us to compete better than we did last year. Once we get our first meet under our belts and the freshmen see how tough the competition is, I suspect their drive to be better runners will increase."
Fans can come see the CASC runners, and other local high school runners, Sept. 15 at the college when the CASC Open and the Poteau High School Invitational are held jointly.
"I encourage the community to come out [Sept. 15] to Lafevers Trail." Emberton said. "We will host a meet in conjunction with Poteau High School for local high schools. Prior to the high school meet, an Open run is planned for the community to try out our cross country course and to see our team in action."
CASC men's best 6K time was posted by Andres Lujano.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the opening week of the women’s soccer season. Ouachita’s Bryson Thomas and Erin Webster collected the Offensive and Goalkeeper honors while Southern Nazarene’s Kiara Rodriguez earned the Defender award.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Bryson Thomas, Ouachita, F, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Thomas recorded a goal and an assist in the Tigers’ 4-0 season-opening victory against Missouri Western State. She assisted on the first goal of the game when she provided a through ball to Carmen Scott for a seventh-minute goal. She scored in the 12th minute on an attempt from 12 yards out.
GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Kiara Rodriguez, Southern Nazarene, D, Sr., Phoenix, Arizona
Rodriguez helped the Crimson Storm split their opening two contests. She played 156 of the 180 minutes. Southern Nazarene limited Oklahoma Christian to one goal in its 2-1 win.
GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Erin Webster, Ouachita, Jr., Alvin, Texas
Webster opened her junior campaign by registering the 10th shutout of her career as she made six saves in Ouachita’s 4-0 victory against Missouri Western State. She also tallied six saves and allowed a pair of goals against Emporia State. She made 12 saves and posted a 100 goals-against average for the week.
Kelsi Bussert, Southern Nazarene (Scored vs Oklahoma Christian).
Ashlynn Pritchett, Southern Nazarene (15 saves, 2.00 GAA).
Lindsey Morrison, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Oklahoma State Sunday night at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. This was the first of two Bedlam games to be played this season, with OSU coming to Norman on Sept. 30 for the second game of the series.
Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao scored the lone goal of the night for the Sooners in the 88th minute. Freshman Megan Reilly had a shot attempt blocked before Dao corralled the loose ball, firing from 12 yards out and putting the Sooners on the board.
“The endeavor and the fight to go to the final whistle is a characteristic that all OU programs are built on,” head coach Matt Potter said. “To win the second half 1-0, it shows that we can be competitive.”
OU gave up a pair of goals in the first half to trail OSU, 2-0, after the first 45 minutes of play. A foul inside the penalty box set up a penalty kick for Oklahoma State, giving them a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
In the 29th minute, OSU added to its lead on a shot from Elena Brynjarsdottir. Sophomore keeper McKinley Crone came off her line to try and corral the ball, but Brynjarsdottir was able to slot the pall just past Crone to extend the Cowgirls lead.
Lauren Haivala earned the first shot of the night for either side in the 15th minute, sending the attempt just wide of the goalpost.
In the 39th minute, the Sooners took the first corner of the game with Reilly sending a beautiful kick into the 18-yard box. Dao was able to get her head on the ball but couldn’t convert to put the Sooners on the board. The Sooners continued to pour on the shots, tallying six in the final six minutes of the half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“Our shot selection needed a little bit of work,” Potter said. “Oklahoma State obviously soaked up our pressure and invited us to come play and we’ve got to take that opportunity to score. Even though we created some chances, the shot selection maybe could be different on another day, but the signs are very encouraging.”
OU held the 3-0 corner kick advantage but couldn’t convert on any of the set piece opportunities. The Sooners also finished with an 11-10 shot advantage over OSU.
The Sooners will return to John Crain Field for a pair of games this weekend. OU will host Illinois State on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., before welcoming Gonzaga to Norman on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m.
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced today the hiring of Armani Dawkins as an OU senior associate athletics director.
The appointment fills a vacant position that resulted from the shift of Senior Associate Athletics Director Zac Selmon to oversight of The Sooner Club.
Dawkins comes to OU from Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where she most recently held the position of associate director of athletics for student-athlete development. She was promoted to that post in May after spending the previous two-and-a-half years as assistant director of athletics.
As associate AD, Dawkins was a member of Holy Cross's senior athletics staff and was responsible for implementing a robust series of programming to emphasize and improve the development and welfare of the Crusaders' nearly 700 student-athletes. She also served as the sport supervisor for the field hockey program.
"Armani is a bright, rising star administrator who will be an innovator in our department," said Castiglione. "Her background and skill are a great complement to our leadership team. I am confident that she will help us become more dynamic and efficient as she contributes to strengthening our culture focused on a world-class experience for our student-athletes."
At Holy Cross, Dawkins initiated partnerships with programs such as the Victory Academy, and furthered collaboration with the college's Center for Career Development. Under her guidance, the Holy Cross Student-Athlete Advisory Committee made significant strides in advancing its five pillars — leadership, academic excellence, career development, community engagement and mental health and wellness — and fostered growth with the creation of such groups as WE LEAD (Women's Empowerment through Leadership Education and Development) and MOCA (Men of Color Athletes).
"I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve one of the most storied programs in college athletics," said Dawkins. "Undeniably, Joe Castiglione is one of the nation's most successful athletics directors, and I would like to thank him for inviting me to join Sooner Nation for what I know will be an incredible experience among the very best student-athletes, coaches and staff in the country.
"The University of Oklahoma has an unwavering commitment to academic and athletics excellence, and my husband Andre and I could not be more excited to join the Sooner family. I'm looking forward to continuing to elevate the power of athletics to pursue championships in sport and in life."
Prior to her time at Holy Cross, Dawkins worked at Duke University from 2010 to 2015. Her most recent post at Duke was special assistant to the vice president and director of athletics, and she handled oversight responsibilities for the athletics director's routine commitments, including public relations obligations and correspondence. In addition, Dawkins assisted the director of athletics with responsibilities for the Division I NCAA men's basketball committee, United States Olympic Committee and Advocates for Athletic Equity. She also had oversight responsibility for all the executive administrative operations. She previously held positions with Duke as the assistant director of Iron Dukes for special events, and assistant director of administrative operations and human resources.
Dawkins arrived at Duke after serving as a branding and communications intern for the NCAA.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Dawkins earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and media studies. She was a member of UNLV's women's soccer team, helping the Rebels to three Mountain West Conference titles while earning Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors. Dawkins went on to earn a master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University in 2015.
Dawkins' hire is pending OU Board of Regents approval.
The OK Freedom basketball team finished 3rd in the Greg Swaim Big Time National Tournament Of Champions.
The tournament was held at the Solid Rock Basketball Center in Edmond,Oklahoma.
They finished with a 2-2 record beating the Kiowa EPIC for 3rd place.
Pictured are: Front Row L-R: Jazzlyn Harrison, Alexis Smith, Brailey Francis, Brayli Beason, Ryleigh Pierce; Back Row L-R: Gracie Jones, Abbi Covey, Kara Albert, Sophie Pulice, Ariana Loggins
By Lindsey Morrison, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications
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.
The OK Freedom won the Greg Swaim Big Time Challenge basketball tournament Saturday July 14th in Claremore, OK.
They went 3-0 beating the Tulsa Lady Legends, Tulsa Hurricanes, and the Oktaha Lady Tigers.
Pictured: Front Row L-R: Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Pierce, Jazzlyn Harrison; Back Row L-R: Sophie Pulice, Abbi Covey, Ariana Loggins, Kara Albert.