April 9, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- Facing its last Big 12 opponent, the University of Oklahoma women's soccer team fell to Texas A&M in exhibition action, 4-1, Saturday in College Station, Texas. The Aggies ended OU's season last year with 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the 2000 Big 12 Tournament.

The game was scoreless until late in the first half when Texas A&M broke through with a goal. However, the Sooners tied it minutes later with a goal from junior Jonette Coquat from 20 yards out. The Aggies were able to score again just before half to take a 2-1 lead going into intermission.

Texas A&M's defense was able to keep Oklahoma scoreless for the rest of the game while its offense was able to produce two second-half goals.

Despite the loss, OU Head Coach Randy Evans seemed please with his team's performance.

"We went down to Texas A&M for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it's great competition and provides more purpose for our spring training. Secondly, we are working on controlling the pace of the game and felt that if we could have success doing that against Texas A&M then it would give us confidence to play that way against anyone.

"Spring is a time to experiment and try new things," added Evans. "It's not necessarily the time to do everything in your power to win. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have been disappointed to have beaten Texas A&M, but it wasn't our goal for making the trip. We were able to play everyone and work on part of our game. Even so, I thought the game was much more competitive than the final result might indicate. The team did a great job of moving the ball and controlling the pace. We gave up a couple of very soft goals which has been uncharacteristic of our defense. Despite the loss, we've gained a lot of confidence from this performance."