Sept. 8, 1999
SOONERS HEAD TO GOLDEN STATE
The OU women's soccer team continues its long road stretch with two games this weekend in San Diego, Calif., against San Diego State and San Diego on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Oklahoma, which is coming off its first win of the season (2-1 over Oral Roberts Tuesday), looks to continue the trend against the 30th-ranked Aztecs. This is the first meeting between the two schools. San Diego State returns seven starters from a team that went 19-3-1 overall and 6-0 in the WAC (1st place) last year.
"San Diego State was ranked fifth in the nation at one point during the season last year," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "It is great for us to get out of the conference and the region and experience a different style of play. Hopefully, it will help prepare us for the Big 12."
The Sooners will stay in town to play the University of San Diego on Sunday. It will also be the first meeting between the two squads. The Toreros return five starters from a team that went 12-6-2 overall and 4-2-1 in West Coast Conference play (3rd place) last year.
"They came into the season with some pretty high expectations," said Evans. "They have had a disappointing start so they will be looking to turn things around against us."
OU LOSES TO 18TH-RANKED ALABAMA, BEATS ORU
The OU women's soccer team lost 1-0 last Friday night in a non-conference contest against the 18th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before rebounding to beat Oral Roberts 2-1 in Tulsa for its first win of the season on Tuesday. Both games proved to be physical matches as a combined 65 fouls were whistled.
"Both of those games were real physical," said Evans. "Our team is giving tremendous effort and we have really improved. We are so much better than we were last weekend."
SOONERS CREATING SCORING CHANCES
Oklahoma has only scored two goals through its opening four games, both of which came in OU's last game against Oral Roberts.
"I am not really concerned too much with our lack of scoring," said Evans. "It is the last thing that we are going to work on."
The Sooners hope to score more goals after recording its first two of the season in the ORU contest.
"When you go three games without scoring a goal, the front line might feel like it has a monkey on its back," said Evans. "It is not extremely frustrating though, because we are creating opportunities."
DEFENSE STEPS UP
The OU defense has been the team's backbone through the first four games this season. The Sooners have only given up two goals on 38 shots not counting the Texas A&M game. Two of the goals scored were recorded on penalty kicks.
"We have done a great job of limiting easy chances," said Evans. "The defense also shows the potential to be much better down the road."