Aug. 16, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich.- The Oakland women's soccer team will officially kick off the season on Friday with a match against Rochester College at the OU Soccer Field at 7 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies are the preseason favorite to win The Summit League.
OAKLAND SOCCER NOTES
▪ Oakland was tabbed as the favorite in The Summit League Preseason Coaches Poll for the 11th time in school history, just edging South Dakota State this season with five first-place votes.
▪ The Golden Grizzlies were unbeaten in preseason play with a 1-1 draw at Cleveland State and a 5-1 home win over Valparaiso.
▪ Five different players scored for OU during the presason. Marlen Knoph led the team with two goals during exhibition play, scoring against both CSU and Valparaiso.
▪ OU and RC have only met on the soccer field once, but it was a record-setting effort for OU the last time the teams played. Oakland set the school record for goals (16) and assists (12).
▪ Oakland won the 2011 Summit Leauge Championship on the OU Soccer Field, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history, where they faced Wake Forest.
▪ Oakland has won 13 Summit League Titles (Six Regular Season, Seven Championship Tournament) since 2000, which ranks as the eighth most in the nation among all Division I women's soccer programs.
▪ Be sure to check out postmatch coverage, which includes Grizz Vision interviews with the players and coaches
-OAKLAND WOMEN'S SOCCER-