Oct. 29, 1999
Oklahoma at Arkansas Sunday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m., CST
Sooners Conclude Season
The OU women's soccer team wraps up its 1999 season Sunday when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks. The game will be played at the 1,500-seat Lady'Back field at 3 p.m.
Arkansas, 7-10 overall and 4-5 in the Southeastern Conference, enters Sunday's contest on a two-game losing streak. The Lady Razorbacks lost a pair of home games last weekend to Kentucky (4-1) and Vanderbilt (1-0). Prior to those two outings, however, Arkansas won five of its previos six matches.
Coached by first-year mentor Alan Kirkup, the Lady Razorbacks are led in scoring by senior forward Heather Cato. She has tallied all 14 of her points on seven goals. Sophomore midfielder Holly Collins has racked up 12 points and leads the team with eight assists. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Bals has started all 17 games and owns a 1.60 goals-against average and has posted 4.5 shutouts.
Recapping Last Week
Oklahoma managed a split in its two games with Nebraska and Iowa State last week in Norman. On Friday against the fourth-ranked Huskers, OU gave up three early goals before holding the regular season Big 12 champs scoreless over the final 62-plus minutes. Shannon Wing netted the Sooners' lone goal in the 27th minute.
On Sunday, OU rebounded for a 1-0 overtime victory versus the Cyclones despite being outshot by a 26-12 count. Sophomore forward Jonette Coquat's goal 8:11 into the extra period was the game-winner. Coquat was assisted by fellow sophomores Megan Olsen and Melanie Brosnahan. Freshman Jana Cunningham and junior Ayn Toppin combined for the shutout in goal.
"I've been raving about this team's attitude and work rate all season and it was evidenced at the end of today's game," said OU Head Coach Randy Evans following the game. "I'm so proud of this team. Our defense has been tremendous all year and it was again today."
On a Record-Setting Pace
OU's defense has been stout almost all season. The Sooners, who have improved in goals-against average each year since the program began in 1996, are on pace to set another mark this season. Oklahoma currently sports a 1.88 goals-against average. Here are OU's goals-against figures since 1996:
YearGamesGoalsGAA 199614483.57 199716412.71 199817382.22 199917321.88
The Sooners have surrendered more than two goals just four times this season and more than three goals just once.
Coquat Leads Team in Scoring Again
It appears sophomore forward Jonette Coquat will lead the Sooners in scoring for the second straight season. Through 17 games, Coquat has accumulated five goals and one assist for 11 points (Heather Martinelli ranks second on the team with seven points). Last season as a freshman, Coquat recorded a team-high 19 points thanks to seven goals and five assists.
Splitting Time in Goal
Goalkeepers Ayn Toppin and Jana Cunningham have both played significant minutes this season and have produced similar statistics. Toppin, a junior, has played 729 minutes in 14 games (started 12), while Cunningham, a freshman, has played 849 minutes in 15 games (started five). Toppin sports a 1.73 goals-against average and a .778 save percentage. Cunningham, meanwhile, owns a 1.91 goals-against average and a .739 save percentage.