Feb. 25, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team began its 2002 spring season this past weekend in Memphis, Tenn., where the Sooners split a pair of games against NCAA playoff teams from a year ago. The Sooners defeated Wake Forest, 1-0, before losing to Florida, 1-0. The Gators were a national semifinalist in 2001 and finished the season ranked fourth in the country. Oklahoma was part of the Memphis Tournament, which consisted of 80 teams both college and club playing at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex and hosted by the Germantown Fury Club Team.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Sooners began the day playing the Carmel U-17 Club Team. The Sooners gave up a couple of first half goals, due to their style of play, and scored one second half goal when Krissy Dawson scored off a pass form sophomore Heidi Martinson.

In its second game, Oklahoma won again, 1-0, behind Martinson. The Tulsa, Okla. product scored the game's lone goal with under five minutes left to play in the game. Martinson received a pass from redshirt freshman Heidi Kohlbacher.

Finally, the Sooners fell to Florida, 1-0, in their last game of the day. The Gators scored early in the second half off a shot from the top of the box despite a valiant effort by Keara Jones, Oklahoma's goalkeeper.

OU travels to Arizona State University to take on the Sun Devils and Brigham Young on Saturday, March 2.

Head Coach Randy Evans
On the tripleheader:
"The schedule worked out perfect for us. We opened with a club team that allowed us to work on parts of our game to get us ready to play against Wake Forest and Florida. To compete against two teams of the caliber, we needed to be able to keep possession under extreme pressure."

On team's performance against the Carmel U-17 Club Team:
"To get ready (for Wake Forest and Florida), we had the team spend the first half of the Carmel game just trying to hold the ball on our half of the field. We told them not to worry about making mistakes even if it meant giving up a couple of goals. In the second half, we wanted to continue a strong possession game but allowed them to attack as well."

On sophomore Heidi Martinson and the victory over Wake Forest:
"I think the difference in the game was Heidi Martinson's fitness level. With both team's playing their second game in four hours, it looked like Heidi was the only player left on the field still running at 100% and it certainly helped her pull off a big play."

On playing Florida:
"Facing a powerhouse like Florida, it was as imperative as ever to be able to hold on to the ball. We did a great job to string a lot of passes together and slow the pace down. There was no way we could have played an up and down game with them. They're defense proved to be too fast and were able to recover each we got in behind. The goal they scored was a save Keara (Jones) should make, but she had a great weekend and we're still very proud of her."