NORMAN, Okla. - The 2006 Sooner soccer team will open the preseason on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. against TCU. The game will mark the first at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex which underwent a $4.5 million expansion in the offseason.
The contest is open to the public and admission is free. The grand stand, restrooms and concessions will be available.
TCU finished 6-10 overall last year and 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference. Coached by second year head coach Dan Abdalla, the Horned Frogs return eight starters from last year's squad, including junior midfielder Angie Nickens (2005-two goals, two assists).
Oklahoma, which returns eight starters from last season, is led by a trio of seniors with Andrea Hurley, Kady Kelly and Savannah Scott returning with plenty of starting experience from year's past.
In 2005, OU finished 13-6-1 and 5-4-1 in Big 12 play. The offense returns more than 65 percent of its production from a year ago. Additionally, the defense returns three Sooners with starting experience as well as goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols, who played every minute in the net in 2005.
The Tuesday afternoon matchup with TCU is the first of two games in the preseason for the Sooners. OU will conclude the preseason against North Texas on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. in Denton.
Oklahoma will open the regular season in Hawai’i against Washington on Aug. 26 and will also face host Hawai'i on Aug. 28 before returning to Norman for the home opener on Sept. 1 versus Michigan. Click here to view the latest gallery of the construction at the OU Soccer Complex.