April 11, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The players on the Oklahoma soccer team were on their best behavior both on and off the field this past weekend. Many of the players' parents were in town for the team's second annual parents' weekend. The players treated their folks to two solid performances in wins over the Norman Fury '83 and the Edmond Premier '83.

The defense remained solid for the Sooners as it gave up only one goal in the two games. Edmond Premier's Lauren Shoush scored the goal on a corner kick. The offense came alive to notch 13 goals on the day, eight versus the Fury and another five against the Premier. The success was without a doubt the result of a great team effort, but play was also highlighted by great individual performances from defender Bridgette Smith and forward Megan Olsen.

OU Head Coach Randy Evans credited the team's experience for the good showing.

"In an eight-versus-eight situation, experience is the most prominent factor," said the second-year mentor. "Our players are very good at changing both the direction and pace of the attack. They've shown the ability to adapt during the game. They can play fast, build the ball slowly, play a finesse game or mix things up physically."

The weekend also provided the OU coaching staff a great opportunity to evaluate the local talent.

"It was great to have these teams on campus. The players on both teams represent a large percentage of our recruiting pool for the 2001 class," said Evans.