OU Soccer Team Heads to Alabama

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 02, 1999

Sept. 2, 1999

Coming Up
*Oklahoma at Alabama
Friday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m., CST
*Oklahoma at Oral Roberts
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., CST

Sooners On the Road Again
The OU womens soccer team continues its stretch of road games by playing at Alabama this Friday in Tuscaloosa and at Oral Roberts, Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Tulsa. The Sooners look to rebound from their two losses over the weekend.

Oklahoma will try to rebound against an Alabama squad that is currently 1-0 and coming off a 2-1 win against 19th-ranked Vanderbilt. The Crimson Tide return eight starters from a team that went 13-7-1 and finished first in the SEC West last year. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

I expect a tough game with Alabama, said OU head coach Randy Evans. I have a lot of experience playing against Alabama, and there is no doubt that they will be competitive.

The Sooners look to be in a dog fight when they head to Tulsa to take on Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles return seven starters from last years 11-7 team. The series between the two schools is tied at one win apiece with OU winning last years game, 3-2 in overtime in Norman.

I want to be the premier program in the state, said Evans. That is what makes this game so important.

OU Loses to Texas and Texas A&M Over Weekend
Oklahoma finished its opening weekend of play 0-2 with road losses to Texas (1-0) and 15th-ranked Texas A&M (5-0). The Sooners were in both games, but couldnt produce much offense.

We had a good weekend despite losing both games, said Evans. These two games gave us an indication of where we stand with the rest of the conference. Now we know where we need to improve to be successful.

Splitting Time in Goal
Oklahoma is currently splitting time at goalkeeper between junior Ayn Toppin and freshman Jana Cunningham. Toppin started the first two games while Cunningham played the second half in relief. Toppin allowed two goals and registered 15 saves in the first two contests. Cunningham shut out Texas in the second half of Friday nights game, but allowed four goals against Texas A&M on Sunday. She has recorded eight saves in two games.

It is just a game-by-game thing, said head coach Randy Evans. We are trying to get both of them some game experience.

Givens Out for Season
Sophomore forward Amber Givens, who was expected to start this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee against Texas last Friday. She underwent successful surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.

The Sooners have experimented with many different lineups on the field. The coaching staff is looking for the right combination while providing the players with game experience.

I am just trying to get everyone exposed to game-time situations, said Evans. As we come back around to Big 12 play, we will begin to limit substitutions.



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