Oct. 31, 2007
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (6-9-3 overall and 2-6-1 Big 12) will conclude the 2007 season this Thursday, Nov. 1 at No. 25 Oklahoma State (11-5-2, 4-4-1). OU was eliminated from the Big 12 Championship with Sunday's loss to No. 8 Texas.
The Ford Bedlam Series is slated for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State leads the Annual Bedlam Series, 1-0, after both cross country teams finished ahead of OU at the 2007 Big 12 Championships last weekend in Lubbock, Texas.
Live stats will be available for Thursday's game on Soonersports.com and a live audio broadcast will be provided for free on okstate.com. The Cowgirls' web site will also provide a web cast for a fee.
VIDEO - Oct. 30 PRACTICE REPORT
SoonerSports.com visited practice on Tuesday to discuss the Sooners' past weekend and to preview the upcoming games with OU head coach Randy Evans.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowgirls suffered a 1-0 loss on Sunday in their last outing at home against Colorado. Two days earlier, OSU defeated its third top-10 opponent of the season in a 1-0 win over then-No. 8 Texas. The Cowgirls also defeated then-No. 9 Notre Dame, 2-1, on Sept. 16 and then-No. 5 Missouri, 2-1, on Oct. 14. OSU is 7-2-1 overall at home this season.
The Cowgirls are outscoring their opponents, 33-14 (Big 12 opponents hold a 11-9 advantage), this season and are led by midfielder Kasey Langdon. The sophomore leads the club in points with four goals and seven assists.
OSU returns 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2006 squad that finished 17-3-3 overall and tied for second in the Big 12 with an 8-1-1 mark.
The Sooners and Cowgirls have played in 11 straight games decided by one goal or less. OSU leads the all-time series, 9-2-1, and won both contests in 2006; the regular season meeting in Norman, 2-1, and the 2-1 win at the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas. OU won the last time the two met in Stillwater, a 3-2 victory on Oct. 28, 2005.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners led 1-0 for 81 minutes on Friday against Colorado at home, but fell 2-1 in overtime. On Sunday, the Sooners were unable to pull off an upset at home over then-No. 8 Texas, falling 4-0 in the home finale.
OU IN THE BIG 12
With one weekend remaining in the Big 12 regular season, Oklahoma has been eliminated from the Big 12 Championship after Sunday's loss to then-No. 8 Texas. The Sooners will finish ninth in the 2007 standings regardless of this weekend's results. The last time OU did not qualify for the conference tournament was in 2004. The top eight teams qualify for the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
OU's 22 goals rank eighth in the conference, while its 16 assists and 60 points rank ninth and 10th, respectively. Defensively, OU ranks second in the Big 12 in saves (107), seventh in goals allowed (22), sixth in goals-against average (1.17) and seventh in shutouts (4).
RALLYING FROM BEHIND
Three of the Sooners' six wins this season have been in come from behind fashion. In addition, the Sooners have rallied to record both of their road wins this season (William & Mary and Kansas). OU's first comeback victory came at William & Mary on Sept. 7. The Sooners trailed 1-0 for the first 57 minutes of the game before scoring two second-half goals. On Oct. 4, Baylor took an early 1-0 lead but OU countered with goals in the 22nd minute, 68th minute and 85th minute to win 3-1 at home. Most recently, the Sooners mounted a 2-1 comeback victory at Kansas on Oct. 14 after trailing for the first 51 minutes.
OU TIES LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK AT HOME
OU's string of nine straight games without a loss (8-0-1) ,dating back to Sept. 24, 2006 (L, 1-0 to Kansas), ended against then-No. 6 Texas A&M on Oct. 7. In that nine-game span, OU outscored its opponents 29-4, including a 16-2 advantage this season. The nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest all-time at Oklahoma with a 9-0 span set between Oct. 24, 2004 and Oct. 2, 2005. The Sooners were also unbeaten in two, eight-game streaks from Nov. 2, 2001 to Oct. 11, 2002 (7-0-1) and from Sept. 10, 2000 through Oct. 19, 2001 (8-0).
SCORING THREE OR MORE GOALS
Oklahoma is 3-0 this season when scoring three or more goals with victories over Alabama A&M (8-0), Oral Roberts (4-1) and Baylor (3-1). Under head coach Randy Evans, the Sooners are 32-0-1 when scoring three or more goals. The lone tie in that span came against Texas on Oct. 6, 2006 in Austin (3-3 in 2OT).
The Sooners have played in 11 games this season decided by one goal or less. OU is 3-5-3 in those contests a year after playing in 14 one-goal games. In 2006, the Sooners were 4-9-1 in those games.
PALMER MAKING HER MARK
In her first season in Norman, freshman forward Whitney Palmer has already made her mark in the OU record books. Only three other freshmen in OU history have scored more goals than Palmer's team-leading six this season (Logan Womack-7 in 2000, Jonette Coquat-7 in 1998 and Heather Morrison-8 in 1997). Palmer's 13 points is also fourth best among OU freshmen behind Coquat (19), Morrison (18) and Womack (16).
In addition, Palmer is on pace to become the fourth freshman in school history to lead the team in goals (Womack, Coquat and Morrison) and the third to lead in points (Coquat and Morrison).
PALMER'S GAME WINNERS
Freshman Whitney Palmer's four game-winning goals ranks second in the Big 12 this season (Missouri - Alysha Bonnick) and is the third best mark for a Sooner in a single season. She also is tied for fifth on OU's career list in the same category. After scoring the decisive goal against William and Mary, Palmer was honored by the conference as the Big 12's Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 11, a career first.
KUCERA HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK
Senior midfielder Allyson Kucera was the recipient of this week's Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Award presented by the Big 12 Conference. Chick-Fil-A and the Big 12 recognize 36 student-athletes each year for their outstanding contributions to community efforts. Kucera was featured on the Big 12 Showcase aired on Fox Sports Net Southwest on Oct. 19 and 20.
SEVEN SENIORS HONORED
The 2007 senior class played in its final home game on Oct. 28 against Texas. Shana All, Tenesha Duncan, Audri Habibi, Lauren Harris, Colleen Keester, Allyson Kucera and Jenny Nichols were honored on the field after the game. The seven seniors have combined to start 299 games at OU while scoring 41 goals, 44 assists and recording 16 shutouts.
Five of the seven seniors will finish their careers ranked in the top 10 in school history for several stats. Refer to page five for a list of those players and their accomplishments.
After 18 games in 2007, 10 different Sooners have contributed to the 22 goals scored. In addition, 11 Sooners have tallied assists. In 2006, OU scored 30 goals and had 11 different scorers (10 on assists).
OVERTIME FOR OKLAHOMA
The Sooners are 0-2-3 in overtime games this season, having played in extra time on five occasions this season. The total surpasses the amount of overtime games OU played last season (1). Of the 217 games in OU history, OU has played 41 of them in overtime with a 10-17-14 record. In the Randy Evans' era, OU is 9-12-14 in overtime, including a 3-2-5 mark in the last 10 OT games.
0 - Tara Macdonald - Started eight games in goal ... Left Kansas game with back injury ... Redshirt freshman shut out North Texas in first career start and blanked Middle Tennessee in second start ... Allowed first goal against Nebraska on Sept. 28 after holding the opposition scoreless for 249 consecutive minutes this season ... Allowed 10 goals in 10 games (1.19 GAA) ... Made first career appearance during the season opener and combined with Jenny Nichols for the first shutout of the season.
1 - Jenny Nichols - Started season opener at goalkeeper ... Has 10 starts overall and has started the last five games ... Recorded her 16th career shutout against Texas Tech ... Also blanked VCU ... Combined with Tara Macdonald for the first shutout of the season vs. Alabama A&M ... Recorded season-high eight saves against VCU and Long Beach State ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11, 2007 (third of career) ... Second all-time at OU with 16 career shutouts.
2 - Ashley Farrand - Started first 10 games of the 2007 season and has played in all 18 games ... Ranked fourth on the club with three assists in 2006 ... Made 13 starts.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Made first appearance of the season against North Texas ... Has started seven of the last eight games and has played in 12 games overall.
4 - Ashley Bolden - Freshman defender ... One of two freshmen (Tiana Dickson) to start every game this season.
5 - Tiana Dickson - Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 and first assist against Baylor ... One of two freshmen (Ashley Bolden) to start every game this season ... Sister of former OU softball All-American Norelle Dickson.
6 - Lauren Alkek - Played in 12 games with nine starts ... Started first two games of the season and missed six games with right knee sprain ... Returned for the start of Big 12 against Nebraska and Iowa State ... Scored first career goal against Baylor ... Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July.
7 - Audri Habibi - Played in 17 games with four starts ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Alabama A&M) ... Recorded five points (two goals and an assist) against Alabama A&M ... Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 10, 2006.
8 - Whitney Palmer - 18 games played, 17 starts ... Second in the Big 12 lead with four game-winning goals ... Leads the team with six goals and 13 points ... Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Oral Roberts) ... Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July.
9 - Kelsey Allison - Freshman forward with 17 games played (13 starts) ... Scored first career goal against Alabama A&M.
11 - Shana All - Played in 17 games with 11 starts ... Leads OU with three assists in 2007... Three-year starter who ranks fifth in OU history with 13 assists and fifth with four game-winning goals.
12 - Lauren Harris - Senior captain ... Started every game of the 2007 season with two assists (Alabama A&M and Kansas) ... Three-year starter with 72 career starts ... 11 career assists tied for sixth in OU history.
13 - Caitlin Stojkovic - Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... Made first start against William & Mary and has played in 17 games ... Redshirted her freshman season at South Carolina.
14 - Kate Leyendecker - Played in 11 games ... Tied for fourth on the team with five points and two goals ... Scored a goal off the bench in each of the first two games ... Recorded first career assist against Alabama A&M.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Second on the team with four goals scored ... Has come off the bench in 15 games (started against Butler, Colorado and Texas) ... Senior's 11 career goals ranks ninth all-time at OU ... Played in 61 career games (20 starts) but limited in 2006 and 2004 with injuries (knee and concussion).
17 - Kate Marr - Came off the bench in season opener ... Made two starts and played in 16 games in 2006.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Started every game of the 2007 season ... Senior captain ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game (Kansas) in 2007 ... Three-year starter who leads the current roster with 75 career starts and 13 career goals, total is tied for seventh in OU history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Started first game of 2007 against Nebraska ... Second on the team with two assists ... Recorded the 12th two-assist game in program history in season opener, tying a school record ... Senior has seen time in every game this season and has 72 career games played.
20 - Charla Baker - Sophomore scored first career goal against Alabama A&M and saw time vs. Middle Tennessee.
21 - Brianne Frost - Freshman with 10 games played off the bench in 2007.
22 - Claire West - Freshman defender came off the bench against Alabama A&M, VCU and Middle Tennessee.
24 - Katie Corbitt - Started every game in 2007 ... Two-year starter with 55 games played and 44 starts ... Second on the team with two assists.
25 - Ashley Mumma - Freshman defender with 14 games played and six starts ... Made first start against North Texas.
26 - Ashlee Coleman - Redshirt freshman made first appearance in season opener and also played against Butler.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Junior has started seven contests with 12 games played overall ... All-Region and All-Big 12 honoree at second base for OU softball in 2007.