Aug. 16, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - Christen Secrest, a junior from Norman, was named to the first-team of the All-Big 12 preseason soccer squad, the conference announced Wednesday. Her selection follows a 1999 campaign in which she earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Secrest, the lone Sooner to earn all-conference honors last year, also was an Academic All-Big 12 honoree in 1999. As a defender, Secrest led an Oklahoma team that registered all-time season lows in number of goals allowed (32) and in goals-against average (1.72).

Secrest and the Sooners were picked to finish 10th out of 11 teams in the Big 12 coaches' preseason poll. Oklahoma finished 10th last season in the Big 12 with a 2-8 record and a 4-13-1 overall mark. Nebraska, the defending league champion, was picked to repeat for the 2000 season.

Oklahoma begins exhibition play Saturday at Oklahoma City in a 2 p.m. game. Their first home exhibition game is next Monday against the `82 OKC Royals at 7 p.m. at OU's practice field on Jenkins and Timberdell. Oklahoma's first regular season home match is slated for Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. against SMU at the new OU soccer complex.

2000 Big 12 Preseason

Coaches' Soccer Poll

1. Nebraska (10)        100

2. Texas A&M (1)90

3. Missouri77

4. Texas76

5. Baylor63

6. Kansas54

7. Colorado44

8. Iowa State35

9. Texas Tech30

10. Oklahoma24

11. Oklahoma State12

First-place votes in parentheses.

2000 Preseason All-Big 12 Soccer Team GK - Dawn Greathouse, Baylor, Sr. GK - Karina LeBlanc, Nebraska, Sr. D - Tamura Crawley, Baylor, So. D - Christine Gluck, Nebraska, Sr. D - Amber Reynolds, Texas A&M, Sr. D - Dyana Russell, Missouri, Jr. D - Christen Secrest, Oklahoma, Jr. MF - Katie Antongiovanni, Iowa State, So. MF - Jenny Benson, Nebraska, Sr. MF - Meghan Anderson, Nebraska, Jr. F - Nikki Thole, Missouri, Sr. F - Nicky Thrasher, Texas A&M, Sr. F - Christine Latham, Nebraska, So. F - Kelly Rheem, Nebraska, Jr.