NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team (11-1, 3-0 Big 12), ranked No. 21 (Soccer America), will look to win its tenth consecutive game on Friday against Missouri (6-4-2 overall, 1-2-1 Big 12) at Audrey J. Walton Complex in Columbia, Mo. Friday’s game is slated to start at 7 p.m.
It is the ninth all-time meeting between the teams, with the Tigers leading 5-3. OU has won three of the last four meetings with the last two games played in overtime. The Sooners are 2-2 when the game is played in Columbia.
OU will conclude the weekend in Lawrence, Kan., against Kansas (5-5-2 overall, 1-2-1 Big 12) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday’s opponent, Missouri, has lost three of its last five contests. The Tigers started off the year with a 5-1-1, including wins over three Big Ten opponents (Indiana, Iowa and Purdue).
In Big 12 play, Missouri lost its opener at home to Texas A&M and rebounded two days later to defeat Baylor. Last weekend, the Tigers took to the road and tied, 1-1, at Iowa State before suffering a defeat to Nebraska, 3-0.
Senior forward Jennifer Nobis leads the Tigers in points (15), assists (7) and is tied for second with four goals. She led the team in goals (9) and points (21) last season en route to earning Second-team All-Big 12 honors.
In the Missouri goal, sophomore goalkeeper Laura Buehrig is 6-4-2 in 12 starts. She has played all but 55 minutes in the Tigers’ net this season and has three shutouts, 56 saves and a 1.01 goals-against average.
The Sooners will face Kansas on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan.
Kansas leads the all-time series, 6-3, and has won the last three meetings. The last time OU defeated Kansas was in Lawrence, a 2-1 victory during the 2002 season. It is OU’s only win over KU at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The Jayhawks, a preseason top 25 team and 2004 Big 12 Champions, started 2005 with a 3-1-1 mark, but is 0-3-1 versus top 25 competition this year (Wisconsin, Pepperdine, Texas A&M, Nebraska).
Kansas won its Big 12 opener at home against Baylor but suffered a 3-2 defeat against Texas A&M. Last weekend, KU tied 0-0 at Nebraska and lost at Iowa State, 3-1.
Two-time All-American, Caroline Smith, leads the KU offense this season with five goals and three assists. The senior entered the season as the school’s all-time leader in points (100), goals (42) and game-winning goals (12).
In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Colleen Quinn has recorded five shutouts and a 4-4-2 record. In over 928 minutes in goal, she has allowed 12 goals (1.16 GAA) and made 45 saves.
LAST TIME OUT
The OU soccer team (11-1-0) extended its winning streak to a school-record nine games on Sunday with a 2-1 overtime victory over Colorado (5-5-2) at John Crain Field. Sunday’s win also improved OU to 3-0 in the Big 12, its best start in conference action, and find themselves atop of the standings with nine points. On Friday, the Sooners defeated Texas Tech, 2-0, at home.
SOONERS SET TO MAKE FIRST NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCE
For the first time in the program’s history, the Oklahoma soccer team will be seen live on national television as aired on CSTV (College Sports Television). OU will make the appearance when it travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. The game can also be seen in Nebraska on NET Sports. CSTV is available on Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610) and DISH Network (Channel 152).
The 2005 Sooners (11-1) are off to the best start in school history. The previous best was established by the 2001 and 2002 teams, who both started its respective seasons 6-1. OU has outscored the opposition 29-5 in its nine wins this season.
The Sooners are riding a school-record nine-game winning streak. The winning ways started in Iowa (9/4), where OU topped the Hawkeyes, 2-0. During the streak, OU has outscored the opposition 24-4, including five shutouts. This year’s streak broke the mark set by the 2002 team that opened the season with a perfect 6-0 record.
Lauren MacIver became the first Sooner to score a goal in four consecutive games on Friday, Sept. 16 versus Tulsa. Only six other players have scored goals in three consecutive games. MacIver, OU’s all-time leader in assists, added another over the weekend to give her 17 in her career. She is also third on OU’s career list in points (17) and tied for fourth on the goals’ list with 15. After 12 games and with nine remaining, MacIver has tied topped all of her previous season highs as she leads the team with seven assists and 17 points and is tied for second with five goals. The last time MacIver posted those type of stats (2002), she earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore.
Junior Savannah Scott currently leads all Sooners with six goals this season and ranks second in points with 14. Scott also led OU in goals scored a season ago, with six tallies. In the last three games, the junior has connected on four of her five total shots (.800 shooting percentage). Scott’s goal on Sunday was the fourth game-winning goal of her career. Scott has recorded 11 points in the last five games. The Norman, Okla., native is third on OU’s all-time goals scored list (16) and she also ranks sixth in all-time points (39).
Eight different Sooners have scored goals this season, including five players with four or more goals. In 2004, ten different players managed to score a goal but only four posted two or more goals.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
This week’s central region polls have OU ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA/adidas poll and Soccer Buzz magazine. The Sooners were No. 4 in last week’s central region poll as released by Soccer Buzz and No. 9 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
ROAD SUCCESS CONTINUES
Dating back to last season the Sooners are 4-2 over the last six away games. The 2005 Sooners are 2-1 so far this season away from John Crain Field. In 2004, OU recorded the only winning record on the road in the program’s history with a 5-4 mark.
NICHOLS SHUTTING OUT THE OPPOSITION
Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols is turning in one of the best individual performances by a Sooner goalkeeper in the team’s history. Up until Colorado’s goal (penalty kick) on Sunday, Nichols and the Sooner defense had held opponents scoreless for 403:31. The school record is 433:28 (2001). After 12 games, Nichols has posted six shutouts, tying an individual season record set by Catherine Wade (2002) and Jana Cunningham (2000). Nichols leads the Big 12 in overall games in shutouts and she also owns the third lowest goals-against average (0.57). In conference action, her GAA is even more impressive at 0.33, the second lowest mark in the Big 12.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND
After 12 regular season games, the Sooners have recorded 34 assists (2.83 per game). That total is double the 17 assists recorded in 18 games last season by OU. It is also the second highest total recorded in a season. The 34 assists only trails the 35 recorded in 1999. In addition, 14 different Sooners have contributed assists this season and six players have recorded three or more assists.
In 2004, then-freshmen Lauren Harris (assist) and Tenesha Duncan (goal and assist), each regulars on the field, combined for four points. In 2005 after twelve games, the two have combined for 21 points. Duncan is tied for third on the team in points (11) and tied for third in goals (4). Harris’ 10 points are good for fourth best on the team and she is tied for second on the team in assists (4) and fourth in goals (3).
OU’s offensive outburst in the first half against Oral Roberts (9/28) marked the fifth time in school history that an OU team had tallied four scores in a half (last was Sept. 27, 2002 vs. Baylor in Norman).
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing three of the first four games of the 2005 slate on the road, OU finished its last home stand with a 4-0 mark. OU has outscored the opposition 21-3 at home this season, including an 167-67 advantage in shots. Including this year’s perfect 8-0 mark at home, the Sooners are 45-25-7 (.630) lifetime in Norman.
OU has outshot the competition by a significant margin after 12 games (230-111). The Sooners have only trailed in the shot column in three games this season (Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado). Against East Carolina (9/11), OU recorded the fourth highest shot total (34) in program history. It was the most shots fired by an OU team since the 2001 team tallied 36 against Drury. The school record for shots in a game is 51, recorded against Louisiana State (1999). OU also had 40 shots against Drury in 1997. On the other side of the field, the OU defense limited Texas State (9/23) to three shots, the fewest by an OU opponent since Drury fired two against the Sooners on Sept. 7, 2001. OU also held Oral Roberts to two shots in the previous game that same season.
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With a 3-0 victory over Texas State, OU has posted its best non-conference record (8-1, .889 winning percentage) in program history. The previous best was set by the 2001 team that went 7-1 (.875). The last time OU had a losing non-conference record during a season was in 1999, current head coach Randy Evans first year. Evans, now in his seventh season at OU, is 38-16-5 (.686) against non-conference opponents.
KUCERA IS KEY
Sophomore midfielder Allyson Kucera continues to make things happen when she is on the field. She is tied for the second on the team in goals (5) with Lauren MacIver. She recorded her first career assist last against Texas State (9/23). After 30 career games at OU, Kucera already has nine goals (tied for 9th in OU history). The Pearland, Texas, native scored two goals in the Sooners win over Arkansas, a single-game high. Kucera’s first goal against Arkansas marked the second game-winning goal in her collegiate career.
Two freshmen, Katie Corbitt and Helen Ajufo, have combined for 22 starts this season for OU. Ajufo has started every contest and Corbitt has missed just two starts. In addition, Traci Dickenson has seen time in all but two contests. Corbitt, a midfielder, scored her first career goal, a game winner, against Saint Louis in overtime in the season opener and recorded her first career assist against Western Michigan (9/9). Ajufo and Dickenson have both seen action on defense, primarily in the left back position.
2005 OU BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jennifer Nichols - Defensive - 8/30
Lauren MacIver - Offensive - 9/20
Savannah Scott - Offensive - 9/27
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Sophomore goalkeeper recorded her first career shutout against Arkansas on Aug. 28 and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 28. The Tulsa, Okla., native is 11-1 with 38 saves and a 0.57 goals-against average (second lowest in the Big 12). She has played every minute in goal this year and leads the Big 12 with six shutouts.
2 - Jenny Jones - Senior defender recorded two assists in 4-1 win over Western Michigan (9/9). The Denton, Texas, native has started every game for OU this season.
4 - Kristin Vesely - Senior forward has seen action in all 12 games. Recorded first assist of 2005 against Texas State (9/23).
5 - Lauren MacIver - Senior captain has tallied a point in all but three games this season. She became the first Sooner in program history to score a goal in four consecutive games with a goal against Tulsa (9/16). She is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and leads all Sooners in assists (7), points (17), shots taken (62) and shots on goal (26).
6 - Becky Nelson - Senior forward will miss the 2005 season, recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the 2004 Bedlam game.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Junior midfielder recorded her fourth assist of the season against Colorado (10/2). Assisted on both of OU’s goals in the overtime win over Saint Louis on Aug. 26. Has started all but one game for OU this season and is tied for second on the team in assists (4).
8 - Christy Kenkel - Senior captain will miss the 2005 season after suffering a torn ACL in this year’s fall practice.
9 - Savannah Scott - Junior forward scored her first goal of the year in 3-0 victory over Arkansas. Has scored a goal in four of the last five games. Her 16 career goals ranks third in OU history.
10 - Kady Kelly - Junior midfielder has started every game this season with three assists (did not record an assist before the 2005 season). Scored the game-winning goal in the Sooners’ exhibition win over Purdue.
11 - Shana All - Sophomore midfielder has started all 12 games this season with three assists (tied for third on the team). Led all Sooners in 2004 with six assists. Her nine career assists is tied for fifth most in OU history.
12 - Lauren Harris - Sophomore midfielder is tied for second on the team in assists with four and tied for fourth in goals with three. Scored first career goal in OU’s 2-1 overtime victory against Saint Louis (8/26). The Tulsa, Okla., native has missed only two starts for OU this season.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game and tallied first career assist against then-No. 21 Texas. She has recorded four shots this season.
15 - Christie Smeal - Junior newcomer played in first game at OU against Arkansas (8/28). Has played in five games this season.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Sophomore forward is tied for third on the team in goals (4) and tied for third in points (11). Scored first goal of 2005 against East Carolina (9/11). Recorded first point of the season on an assist against Iowa (9/4).
19 - Colleen Keester - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game and recorded first career assist against Oral Roberts (9/18).
20 - Katie Corbitt - Freshman midfielder has seen time in all 12 games, starting 10. Scored the game winner (first career goal) at Saint Louis (8/26) with 25 seconds remaining in overtime. Recorded first assist in an OU uniform against Western Michigan (9/9).
21 - Savannah Campbell - Freshman midfielder made first appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also appeared against Western Michigan (9/9) and Texas (9/25).
22 - Tally Ward - Freshman defender has not seen action this season due to a sore knee.
25 - Michelle Enos - Senior forward tallied her fourth goal of the year against Colorado (10/2). Tied for third on the team in goals scored. Scored first goal of the season at Iowa (9/4). Had three career goals before 2005.
29 - Katherine Hergenrether - Junior midfielder saw first action of the season against Tulsa (9/16) and also logged minutes against Texas (9/25).
32 - Ashley King - Sophomore who redshirted her first season and did not see time in 2004. Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also saw time against Western Michigan (9/9), Tulsa (9/16) and Texas (9/25). Twin sister Lauren also plays for OU.
33 - Lauren King - Sophomore scored first career goal against Oral Roberts (9/18). Has seen time in all but two games this season. Redshirted her freshman season. Twin sister Ashley also plays for OU.
37 - Lindsey Pulat - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Freshman defender has seen time in all but two games this season.
88 - Hollee Fink - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.