NORMAN, Okla. -- For the fourth time in the last five years, the annual soccer Bedlam Series, presented by The Bank of Oklahoma and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers, will decide a spot in the Big 12 Championship.
Oklahoma (12-5-1 overall, 4-4-1 Big 12) will battle Oklahoma State (10-5-3, 3-5-1) at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 in Stillwater, Okla., at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
The top eight teams advance to the 2005 Big 12 Championship hosted in San Antonio, Texas, at the Blossom Soccer Complex. Teams are awarded three points for a conference win and one point for a tie.
Two spots still remain and three teams, OU (4-4-1), OSU (3-5-1) and Missouri (3-4-2), are fighting to keep their respective 2005 seasons alive. If needed, head-to-head meetings are used for a tiebreaker in the standings.
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OU enters the contest in seventh place in the Big 12 standings with 13 points, while OSU is ninth with 10 points and Missouri is eighth with 11 points.
The winner of Friday’s intra-state rivalry will advance to the postseason tournament and if a tie occurs, OU will march on while OSU’s season will end with Missouri advancing because they defeated OSU, 3-0, on Oct. 9. While OSU is in a must-win situation, the Sooners can still advance to the conference tournament if they fail to defeat the Cowgirls on Friday. A Missouri loss or tie against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Friday (4 p.m.) will place OU in its fourth Big 12 Championship in the program’s ten-year history.
OU will have a chance to turn the tables on OSU after the Cowgirls ended the Sooners’ 2004 season in Norman. On Oct. 29, 2004, OSU defeated OU (1-0) on a penalty kick in the second half and ended the Sooners’ chance at making a repeat appearance in the postseason.
Friday’s game is the 10th all-time meeting between the Bedlam rivals, with OSU leading the series 7-1-1. Seven of the nine meetings have been decided by a goal and four of them have gone into overtime. The 2003 season saw the only tie in the series and both teams advanced to the Big 12 Championship after the scoreless regular-season finale. OU’s lone victory came in Norman during the 2001 season.
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The Sooners and Cowgirls are experiencing very similar seasons in 2005. OSU, after a 8-0-1 start, is 2-5-1 in its last eight contests. OU experienced its best start in school history with an 11-1-1 mark, but is 1-4 in its last five games. Additionally, OSU is 8-0-1 at home this year, but it has struggled with a 1-5-2 mark on the road. The Sooners finished their home season at 9-1 (school best), but also ran into trouble on the road with a 2-4-1 record.
Junior Jesyca Rosholt, a forward that transferred from Northern Arizona, leads the Cowgirls in every offensive category. Rosholt is enjoying a solid season in which she has 12 goals, five assists, 29 points, 59 shots and 33 shots on goal.
In goal, OSU has used four different players but junior Jeanne Rankin has seen a majority of that action with a 6-4-3 record. Rankin has four shutouts on the season to go along with her 1.30 goals-against average and 42 saves.
Head coach Karen Hancock is in her ninth season at OSU and is 81-79-14 heading into Friday’s game. She led the Cowgirls to a 2003 Big 12 Championship after defeating Missouri, 3-2, in the final game of the conference tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
The OU soccer team (12-5-1 overall, 4-4-1 Big 12) continued its recent struggles on the road on Sunday with a 3-0 loss to Iowa State (10-5-3 overall, 5-3-1 Big 12) in Ames, Iowa. The Sooners also fell in Friday’s contest at Nebraska, 2-1, in front of a national television audience on CSTV. Savannah Scott scored the team’s lone goal on the weekend, her team-leading seventh tally of the season (career-high).
Nine different Sooners have scored goals this season, including five players with five or more goals. In 2004, ten different players managed to score a goal but only four posted two or more goals. In addition, the 2005 Sooner offense has six different players with 10 or more points (program high), besting the 2002 team that featured five Sooners with double-digit points. In 2005, OU has outscored the opposition 30-5 in its 12 wins this season (2.5 goals per game).
WINNING STREAK ENDS
The Sooners were riding a school-record nine-game winning streak before its tie at Missouri on Oct. 7. The ten-game unbeaten streak then ended two days later at the hands of Kansas. The winning streak started in Iowa (9/4) where OU topped the Hawkeyes, 2-0. During the unbeaten streak, OU outscored the opposition 25-5, including five shutouts. This year’s winning streak of nine games broke the mark set by the 2002 team that opened the season with a perfect 6-0 record.
In addition to the school-record nine-game winning streak, the 2005 Sooners recorded the best start in school history (11-1-1). The previous best was established by the 2001 and 2002 teams, who both started its respective seasons 6-1. The 2005 Sooners have also won more games than any previous OU team in the program’s ten-year history. Before this season, the 2001 and 2002 Sooners held that honor with 11.
Junior Savannah Scott established a career high on Friday vs. Nebraska with her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Scott also ranks second on the team in points this season with 16. Scott led OU in goals scored a season ago, with six tallies. Scott has recorded 13 points in the last 11 games. The Norman, Okla., native is third on OU’s all-time goals scored list (16) and she also is tied for fifth in career points (41).
Senior captain Lauren MacIver continues to add onto her career year after topping all of her previous highs at the midpoint of the season. With an assist versus Texas A&M (10/14), MacIver tied the single season assist record held by Krissy Dawson with eight helpers. MacIver, OU’s career leader in assists with 18, also leads this year’s team in points with 20 (first Sooner to score 20 points since 2002) and is second on the team in goals with six. On Friday, Sept. 16, she became the first Sooner to score a goal in four consecutive games after OU defeated Tulsa. Only six other players have scored goals in three consecutive games in school history. She is also third on OU’s career list in points (50) and fourth on the goals’ list with 16.
ENOS SCORES AGAIN
After posting three goals and one assist in her first three seasons at OU, senior Michelle Enos is enjoying career highs in her final year. With a goal against Texas A&M, Enos is tied for third on the team in goals scored with five. Enos also has an assist this season and is fifth on the team in points with 11.
NICHOLS SHUTTING OUT THE OPPOSITION
Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols is turning in one of the best individual performances by a Sooner goalkeeper in the program’s history. After 18 games, Nichols has posted seven shutouts, topping a school record held previously by Catherine Wade (2002) and Jana Cunningham (2000). Nichols leads the Big 12 in overall games in shutouts and she also owns a 1.18 goals-against average. Earlier this season, Nichols and the Sooner defense held opponents scoreless for 403 minutes and 31 seconds. That streak started against Oral Roberts (9/18) and lasted up until Colorado’s goal (penalty kick) on Oct. 2. The school record for holding opponents scoreless is 433:28 (2001).
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing three of the first four games of the 2005 slate on the road, OU finished the home portion of the 2005 schedule with a school-record 9-1 mark. The Sooners’ lone blemish of the home season came against then-No. 19 Texas A&M. OU outscored the opposition 24-9 at home this season, including a 201-103 advantage in shots. Including this year’s 9-1 mark at home, the Sooners are 46-26-7 (.627) lifetime in Norman.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND
After 18 regular season games, the Sooners have recorded 39 assists. That total is more than double the 17 assists recorded in 18 games all of last season by OU. The 39 helpers is also a school record for assists recorded in a season by an OU team (topping the 35 set it 1998). In addition, 14 different Sooners have contributed assists this season and nine players have recorded two or more assists.
In 2004, then-freshmen Lauren Harris (assist) and Tenesha Duncan (goal and assist), each regulars on the field, combined for four points. In 2005 after 18 games, the two have combined for 23 points. Duncan is third on the team in points (13) and tied for third in goals (5). Harris’ 10 points are good for sixth best on the team and she is tied for third on the team in assists (4) and fourth in goals (3).
CORNERING THE OPPOSITION
The Sooners have taken 98 corner kicks this season (5.4 per game), opposite the 60 taken by their opponents (3.3 per game). OU is 9-3 when leading a game in corner kicks, 2-2-1 when trailing and 1-0 when tied with the opposition.
OU has outshot the competition by a significant margin after 18 games (323-234) and is 10-0 when recording more shots than the opposition. The Sooners have trailed in the shot count in eight games this season (Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Iowa State) and they are 2-5-1 in those contests. Against East Carolina (9/11), OU recorded the fourth highest shot total (34) in program history. It was the most shots fired by an OU team since the 2001 team tallied 36 against Drury. The school record for shots in a game is 51, recorded against Louisiana State (1999). OU also had 40 shots against Drury in 1997. On the other side of the field, the OU defense limited Texas State (9/23) to three shots, the fewest by an OU opponent since Drury fired two against the Sooners on Sept. 7, 2001. OU also held Oral Roberts to two shots in the previous game that same season.
KUCERA IS KEY
Sophomore midfielder Allyson Kucera continues to make things happen when she is on the field. She is tied for third on the team in goals with five and fourth in points with 12. She recorded her first career assist against Texas State (9/23). After 33 career games at OU, Kucera already has nine goals (tied for 9th in OU history). The Pearland, Texas, native scored two goals in the Sooners win over Arkansas, a single-game high. Kucera’s first goal against Arkansas marked the second game-winning goal in her collegiate career.
OU’s offensive outburst in the first half against Oral Roberts (9/28) marked the fifth time in school history that an OU team had tallied four scores in a half (last was Sept. 27, 2002 vs. Baylor in Norman).
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With a 3-0 victory over Texas State, 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 seventh season at OU, is 38-16-5 (.686) against non-conference opponents.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
This week’s central region polls have OU ranked No. 12 by Soccer Buzz magazine and the Sooners are receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas. The Sooners were No. 9 in last week’s central region poll as released by Soccer Buzz and No. 10 by the NSCAA/adidas.
Two freshmen, Katie Corbitt and Helen Ajufo, have combined for 28 starts this season for OU. Ajufo has started every contest and Corbitt has missed just six starts. In addition, Traci Dickenson has seen time in all but three contests. Corbitt, a midfielder, scored her first career goal, a game winner, against Saint Louis in overtime in the season opener and recorded her first career assist against Western Michigan (9/9). Ajufo and Dickenson have both seen action on defense, primarily in the left back position.
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Sophomore goalkeeper recorded her first career shutout against Arkansas on Aug. 28 and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 28. The Tulsa, Okla., native is 12-5-1 with 80 saves and a 1.18 goals-against average. She has played every minute in goal this year and leads the Big 12 with seven shutouts (school record).
2 - Jenny Jones - Senior defender recorded two assists in 4-1 win over Western Michigan (9/9). The Denton, Texas, native has started every game for OU this season.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Freshman defender has started every game for OU this season. The Southlake, Texas, native is one of two freshman (Katie Corbitt) to play in every game this season.
4 - Kristin Vesely - Senior forward has seen action in all 18 games. Recorded first and only assist of 2005 against Texas State (9/23).
5 - Lauren MacIver - Senior captain has tallied a point in all but seven games this season. She became the first Sooner in program history to score a goal in four consecutive games with a goal against Tulsa (9/16). She leads all Sooners in assists (8), points (20), shots taken (89) and shots on goal (35) and is second in goals (6).
6 - Becky Nelson - Senior forward will miss the 2005 season, recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the 2004 Bedlam game.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Junior midfielder recorded her fifth assist of the season against Nebraska (10/21). Assisted on both of OU’s goals in the overtime win over Saint Louis on Aug. 26. Has started all but one game for OU this season and is tied for second on the team in assists (5).
8 - Christy Kenkel - Senior captain will miss the 2005 season after suffering a torn ACL in this year’s fall practice.
10 - Kady Kelly - Junior midfielder has started every game this season with five assists (did not record an assist before the 2005 season). Scored the game-winning goal in the Sooners’ exhibition win over Purdue.
11 - Shana All - Sophomore midfielder has started all 18 games this season with three assists (tied for fourth on the team). Scored first collegiate goal (game winner) against Baylor (10/16). Led all Sooners in 2004 with six assists. Her nine career assists is tied for fifth most in OU history.
12 - Lauren Harris - Sophomore midfielder is tied for third on the team in assists with four and is tied for fourth in goals with three. Scored first career goal in OU’s 2-1 overtime victory against Saint Louis (8/26). The Tulsa, Okla., native has missed only two starts for OU this season.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in 16 games and tallied first career assist against then-No. 21 Texas. She has recorded four shots this season.
15 - Christie Smeal - Junior newcomer played in first game at OU against Arkansas (8/28). Has played in six games this season.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Sophomore forward is tied for third on the team in goals (5) and third in points (13). Scored first goal of 2005 against East Carolina (9/11). Recorded first point of the season on an assist against Iowa (9/4).
18 - Allyson Kucera - Sophomore midfielder is tied for third on the team in goals (5) and fourth in points (12). Scored two goals against Arkansas (8/28). Her nine career goals is tied for ninth in OU history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game (five shots) and recorded first career assist against Oral Roberts (9/18).
20 - Katie Corbitt - Freshman midfielder has seen time in all 18 games, starting 10. Scored the game winner (first career goal) at Saint Louis (8/26) with 25 seconds remaining in overtime. Recorded first assist in an OU uniform against Western Michigan (9/9).
21 - Savannah Campbell - Freshman midfielder made first appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also appeared against Western Michigan (9/9), Texas (9/25) and Texas A&M (10/14).
25 - Michelle Enos - Senior forward tallied her fifth goal of the year against Texas A&M (10/14). Tied for third on the team in goals scored. Scored first goal of the season at Iowa (9/4). Had three career goals before 2005.
29 - Katherine Hergenrether - Junior midfielder saw first action of the season against Tulsa (9/16) and also logged minutes against Texas (9/25).
32 - Ashley King - Sophomore who redshirted her first season and did not see time in 2004. Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also saw time against Western Michigan (9/9), Tulsa (9/16) Texas (9/25) and Texas A&M (10/14). Twin sister Lauren also plays for OU.
33 - Lauren King - Sophomore scored first career goal against Oral Roberts (9/18). Has seen time in all but four games this season. Redshirted her freshman season. Twin sister Ashley also plays for OU.
37 - Lindsey Pulat - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Freshman defender has seen time in all but three games this season and made first career start against Texas State (9/23).
88 - Hollee Fink - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.