NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners conclude their current six-game home stand this weekend with a pair of in-state rivals. On Friday, the Sooners begin Big 12 play against Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Sooners host Oral Roberts at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Gates will open one hour before each game at John Crain Field on the corner of Imhoff Road and Chautauqua Avenue. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children (K-12). OU students receive free admission with a valid student ID. For more information, including information on group rates, contact the OU ticket office at 800-456-GoOU.
On Friday, the first 250 fans will receive a free Bedlam t-shirt and No. 1 foam fingers. The first 250 fans on Sunday will receive free OU pom-poms. Both games will be followed by a post-game fireworks show.
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SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS
The Annual Bedlam Series, presented by the Bank of Oklahoma and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers, kicks off on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Norman. OSU owns a 7-2-1 advantage in the series, but recently the Sooners have fared better against the Cowgirls. OU won last year’s contest in Stillwater, 3-2, and is 2-2-1 over the last five seasons, including its only win over Oklahoma State in Norman, 2-1, on Nov. 11, 2001.
This year’s contest, usually scheduled for the season finale for both squads and a major player in the final eight qualifiers for the conference postseason, marks the start of Big 12 play. The rest of the conference begins play next week.
The Cowgirls (4-1-1) are coming off their only loss of the season, a 1-0 double overtime game at Loyola Marymount. In 2006, OSU has defeated Texas State, Missouri State, Michigan State and Cal Poly and tied Michigan.
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Senior goalkeeper Jeanne Rankin has been solid in six games this year. The former Colorado transfer is 4-1-1 with two shutouts and a 0.50 goals-against average. Freshman Siera Strawser is the Cowgirls’ offensive leader. The midfielder is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and leads OSU with five assists and 11 points.
OSU finished the 2005 season with a 10-6-3 overall record and a 3-6-1 mark in Big 12 play. The Cowgirls return eight starters from last year’s team that had its season end in the season finale against Oklahoma (3-2 loss at home).
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
The Sooners and Golden Eagles will square off for the 10th time in history on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma has won seven of the nine previous meetings, including seven of the last eight. The two have played in Norman on three occasions, where the Sooners are undefeated and have outscored the Golden Eagles 10-2.
Oral Roberts hosts Southern Utah on Friday at 7 p.m.
Sophomore goalkeeper Shelbi Morrison has played 80 percent of the team’s minutes in goal this year. Morrison (0-2-1) has one shutout and seven goals for a 1.68 GAA.
Senior Gentry Detter leads the Golden Eagles with eight points in 2006. The midfielder has a team-high four assists and ranks second in goals with two. Junior Correne Walker is the team’s leading goal scorer with three tallies.
In 2005, Oral Roberts finished 10-9-0 overall (3-3 in the Mid-Continent Conference) and lost in the first round of the conference tournament. ORU returns nine starters from last year’s squad.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners managed a weekend split at home last week, dropping a 1-0 decision to Purdue on Friday and winning a 3-0 contest against Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. OU recorded season highs with three goals and 23 shots on Sunday against the Ladyjacks. Kady Kelly, who leads the Sooners with three goals in 2006, tallied the first multi-goal game of her career against SFA.
The Sooners’ home stand ends next weekend as Colorado presents the first road challenge of the Big 12 season. Friday’s contest on Sept. 22 is slated for a 5 p.m. central start time at Prentup Field. On Sunday, Sept. 24, OU returns home to host Kansas at 1 p.m.
ESPNU TO AIR OU-TEXAS GAME
For the second time in the program’s 11-year history, the Oklahoma soccer team will be seen live on national television as aired by ESPNU. OU (2-4 overall, 0-0 Big 12) will make the appearance when it travels to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 14 Longhorns (4-2 overall, 0-0 Big 12) on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. ESPNU is available on DirecTV (ch. 609) and the Dish Network (ch. 148). For more information on ESPNU and its availability, contact your local cable or satellite provider.
The Red River Rivalry is tied at five games apiece, with OU winning two out of the last three meetings, including last year's 2-0 victory in Norman.
The Sooners made their national television debut last year in Lincoln, Neb. College Sports Television (CSTV) aired the Oct. 21 contest that saw Nebraska edge Oklahoma 2-1.
NICHOLS EARNS BIG 12 DEFENSIVE HONOR
Junior goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols was named the Big 12 Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, for games played from Sept. 7-10, as announced by the conference office. Nichols recorded three saves on Sunday versus Stephen F. Austin en route to her second shutout of the season. The performance also marked the ninth career shutout in the Tulsa, Okla., native’s career, a mark that ranks third all-time at Oklahoma (two shy of second place).
SCORING DROUGHT ENDS
In 2005, the OU offense broke every offensive record in program history. Despite returning over half of that offensive production this season, the Sooners have struggled offensively in the early part of the season, tallying two goals in the first five games. In game six of the season against Stephen F. Austin, the Sooners more than doubled their season total with three scores. The last time OU scored three goals in a single game was six contests ago on Oct. 28, 2005 at Oklahoma State (OU won 3-2).
LEADING THE OPPOSITION
Oklahoma’s season-high 23 shots on Sunday versus Stephen F. Austin marked the first time this season that it led the opposition in shots (23-6 advantage). In their five previous games, the Sooners were outshot 76-46 (six shots per game). Sunday’s 23 shots was the highest total for the Sooners since they fired 28 on Sept. 30, 2005 against Texas Tech.
Despite the trouble in leading the shot count, OU has had success with holding the advantage in corner kicks in 2006, topping the opponent in four of the six games. In fact, only Washington, the first game of the season, has held an edge in corner kicks, 9-3, over the Sooners this year (Michigan and OU finished tied at eight apiece).
Kady Kelly’s goal scored with 26 seconds off the clock in the first half on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin was the second fastest goal scored in OU history and just the third scored in the first minute of a game by a Sooner. Below is a look at the top ten fastest goals in OU history:
00:21 Sept. 6, 2002 - Shannon Wing at Drury
00:26 Sept. 10, 2006 - Kady Kelly vs. Stephen F. Austin
00:54 Aug. 29, 2004 - Allyson Kucera vs. SMU
2:24 Sept. 3, 2000 - Jonette Coquat vs. Colorado College
2:52 Aug. 27, 2000 - Jonette Coquat vs. Oral Roberts
2:55 Sept. 4, 2001 - Logan Womack vs. Oral Roberts
3:05 Oct. 4, 2002 - Krissy Dawson vs. TCU
4:38 Sept. 30, 2001 - Logan Womack at Missouri
4:45 Sept. 9, 1998 - Megan Olsen at Stephen F. Austin
5:02 Oct. 1, 1999 - Heather Martinelli vs. Colorado 5:02
HOME SWEET HOME
The Sooners won nine out of 10 home games last season and have a chance to break into double digit wins this season with eight games still scheduled at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex. OU began a six-game home stand on Sept. 1 and that will end this weekend against Oral Roberts. OU is 48-28-7 lifetime at home, including a 33-11-5 mark over the last five seasons.
TOUGH & UNFAMILIAR OPPONENTS
The Sooners will face seven teams that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament in 2006 (Michigan State, Purdue, Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas, Iowa State and Nebraska). Those teams each had 11 wins or more last year and combined to go 89-49-16.
OU has never faced Purdue or Michigan State in regular season play. The Sooners will also play five other teams this season for the first time (Washington, Hawai’i, Michigan, Northern Iowa and Missouri State).
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
In 2005, OU posted its best non-conference record (8-1, .889 winning percentage) in program history. The previous best was set by the 2001 team that went 7-1 (.875). The last time OU had a losing non-conference record during a season was in 1999, current head coach Randy Evans’ first year.
Evans, now in his eighth season at OU, is 40-20-5 (.654) against non-conference opponents.
OU TABBED SIXTH IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Oklahoma was picked to finish in sixth place in the Big 12 Conference, according to a coaches poll released by the league office.
Texas A&M was picked to win the 2006 Big 12 soccer championship after receiving seven of 11 first place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team or players) and totaled 97 points. Nebraska was chosen second with two first place votes and 83 points. Texas was a close third with two first place votes and 82 points.
The Sooners followed Colorado and Kansas at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, and were picked to finish ahead of Oklahoma State, Missouri, Iowa State, Baylor and Texas Tech.
2006 BIG 12 SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. Texas A&M (7) 97
2. Nebraska (2) 83
3. Texas (2) 82
4. Colorado 72
5. Kansas 69
6. Oklahoma 51
7. Oklahoma State 47
8. Missouri 42
9. Iowa State 31
10. Baylor 18
11. Texas Tech 13
OU SOCCER COMPLEX RENOVATIONS
The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department has completed Phase II of the OU Soccer Complex, a $4.5 million renovation. The addition of a state-of-the-art press box and grandstand is joined by a multi-use building located between the soccer complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center at the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Imhoff Road.
Phase II construction began in November of 2005 and the new facility is comprised of spaces for student-athletes, coaches and fans of both soccer and tennis.
The OU soccer and tennis clubhouse features a training room, locker rooms, video and conference rooms, team facilities, and equipment, laundry and other support services.
The press box is equipped with camera decks and a media level complete with the latest technologies. The attractive conference room/meeting area serves as a versatile location for team meetings and activities, and will be used to host special guests, parents, donors and media.
In addition to increasing the seating capacity to 3,500, the complex also includes concessions, rest rooms and a ticket booth to give fans a complete family atmosphere for watching Division I soccer.
MACIVER JOINS COACHING STAFF
Lauren MacIver joined the OU coaching staff in August for the 2006 season as a student assistant. MacIver (2002-2005) finished her playing career as the program’s all-time assists leader with 18. A senior captain last season, she led all Sooners in 2005 with eight goals and eight assists (single season record) en route to being named to the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-District Second Teams. MacIver’s senior year also produced First Team All-Big 12 honors, marking the second time in school history that a Sooner held that distinction in soccer.
0 - Tara Macdonald - Goalkeeper from James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas ... Team won district from 2003-05.
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Tied for the Big 12 lead with 29 saves ... Two saves shy of third place all-time at OU (Josie Miller - 163) ... Has two shutouts this season (Michigan State and Stephen F. Austin) ... Her nine career shutouts ranks third on OU's all-time list, trailing Jana Cunnigham with 11.
2 - Ashley Farrand -Started last two games and has played in five games this season ... Has two shots on the year ... Saw first action as a Sooner on Aug. 28 against Hawai’i.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Has started all 26 games she has played in at OU ... In 2005, she was the only freshman to play in every game throughout the season.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Started all six games this season on defense ... Named to all-tournament team in Hawai’i ... Senior captain.
9 - Savannah Scott - Has 13 shots (second on the team) in six starts this season ... Scored first goal of the season against Stephen F. Austin ... In 2005, ranked second on the team in goals (7) ... Tied for third all-time at OU with 17 career goals and ranks fifth with 43 points.
10 - Kady Kelly - Leads the team with three goals ... Recorded first multi-goal game of her career against Stephen F. Austin with two tallies ... Entered 2006 season with three career goals ... Named to all-tournament team in Hawai’i ... Including regular and preseason games in 2006, she has five goals and two assists.
11 - Shana All - Three starts this season and has seen action in all six games ... Scored game-winning goal (second of career) against Michigan State ... Tied her for fifth most in OU history with nine career assists.
12 - Lauren Harris - Has four shots in six starts this season ... Recorded first assist of the season (sixth of career) against Stephen F. Austin.
13 - Daphne Fitzpatrick - Only freshman to start all six games this season ... Recorded first career point as a Sooner with an assist against Stephen F. Austin ... Named to the all-tournament team in Hawai’i.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Junior started first career game against Washington this season ... Has three starts this season and has seen time in all six games ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
15 - Christie Smeal - Seen action in two games this season ... Made OU debut in 2005 season opener against Arkansas.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Leads team with 14 shots ... Has four starts this season and has played in all six games ... Recorded first assist of the season and fifth of her career against Stephen F. Austin ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
17 - Kate Marr - Has played in four games this season ... Made Sooner debut against Washington on Aug 26.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Has nine shots in six starts this season ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Tied for ninth in OU history with nine career goals.
19 - Colleen Keester - Seen action in all six games this season ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
20 - Charla Baker - Tallied 19 goals and 15 assists at Nolan Catholic H.S. in Colleyville, Texas.
21 - Kasey Hahn - Scored 25 goals and 16 assists at Norman H.S. Older sister, Lindsey, also played at OU.
23 - Savannah Campbell -Saw first and only action of 2006 against Michigan State ... Made first appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28, 2005.
24 - Katie Corbitt - Started four games and seen time in all six contests.
25 - Rebecca Nelson - Made Sooner debut against Stephen F. Austin.
26 - Ashlee Coleman - Tallied six goals and eight assists last year at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M.
27 - Audri Habibi - Junior college transfer that made Sooner debut against Stephen F. Austin.
28 - Kate Leyendecker - Freshman made Sooner debut against Hawai’i ... Also saw time against Michigan State Stephen F. Austin.
31 - Evelyn Larson - 6-0 goalkeeper from El Paso, Texas ... Played Franklin High School.
32 - Ashley King - Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28,2005.
33 - Lauren King - Made first appearance of 2006 against Michigan State ... Scored first career goal against Oral Roberts (9/18/05).
44 - Traci Dickenson - Started first two games of the season on defense and has seen time in five games ... Started one game last season as a freshman.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
The Sooners opened the 2006 preseason as one of four teams receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz Central Region Poll. After one week, OU was still receiving votes, but the Sooners have fallen out of the last two polls released. The Sooners also do not appear in the NSCAA/adidas Central Region poll. Texas A&M sits atop the Soccer Buzz and NSCAA/adidas Central Region polls.
The Sooners finished the preseason with a 2-0 mark after defeating TCU, 4-1, at home on Aug. 15 and topping North Texas, 3-2, on Aug. 18 in Denton.
Below is a look at the individual statistics throughout the preseason:
Daphne Fitzpatrick - 2
Shana All - 2
Kady Kelly - 2
Lauren Harris - 1
Kady Kelly - 2
Shana All - 1
Daphne Fitzpatrick - 1
Allyson Kucera - 1
Jennifer Nichols - 6