Feb. 19, 2003
Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma soccer head coach Randy Evans announced the Sooners' 2003 schedule Wednesday afternoon.
OU hosts regional rival Arkansas in Norman on August 29 at John Crain Field to open the season. The Lady Razorbacks finished 7-12-1 last season and 3-5-1 in the rugged SEC. The Sooners blanked Arkansas, 3-0, in Fayetteville last season with Krissy Dawson (2 goals) and Logan Womack scoring for Oklahoma. OU has never lost to UA with a 4-0 lead in the all-time series.
The Sooners take on New Mexico on August 31, resuming a series last played in the fall of 2000. The Lobos, 12-8-1 last year, reached the Mountain West Conference women's soccer championship game before falling to BYU, 5-1. The all-time series between Oklahoma and New Mexico is tied at 1-1.
OU hits the road for its next four games with trips to South Bend, Ind., to play Notre Dame on Sept. 5 and Rutgers on Sept. 7, then across the Red River to the metroplex to battle SMU on Sept. 12 and TCU on Sept. 14 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Oklahoma and the Fighting Irish have never met on the soccer field. Notre Dame went 13-8-0 last season and fell to top-ranked Stanford, 1-0, in the third round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament to end its campaign. The Sooners have also never played Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights compiled a 10-8-2 season in 2002. Rutgers lost to West Virginia, 3-2, in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament to end its season.
OU's game against regional rival SMU will mark the fifth game in the series between the two schools. Last year, senior Heather Martinelli scored in the ninth minute and Oklahoma played defense the rest of the way as the Sooners upended then-No. 18 SMU for their first win the series (3-1 SMU). The Mustangs finished the 2002 campaign on a strong note, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament and compiling a 13-6-4 record.
Oklahoma also has a long history with TCU. The Sooners lead the all-time series 4-2 after putting together a 2-0 win over the Horned Frogs in Norman last fall. TCU finished 2-13-5 and 1-7-2 in Conference USA action.
OU returns to Norman to play Oral Roberts on Sept. 19. Oklahoma is 5-1 all-time against ORU and won a 2-1 decision over the Golden Eagles in its second game of the 2002 season on Sept. 1 in Tulsa.
The Sooners continue their weekend against T-town on Sept. 21 with a game against the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa at John Crain Field. OU blanked TU, 2-0, in its opening game of the 2002 season and is 2-2 in the all-time series. Tulsa bowed out of the WAC tournament with an opening-round loss to Fresno State, finishing 7-8-4 on the season.
Oklahoma then turns its attention to the Big 12 race, opening conference action in Norman against Texas A&M on Sept. 26. The Aggies used a late goal by Emma Smith in the 85th minute to break a scoreless game and escape from Norman with a 1-0 win at John Crain Field last year. The Sooners have never beaten A&M in eight tries. Texas A&M claimed the 2002 Big 12 regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before falling 3-0 to then-No. 2 North Carolina.
A tilt with conference rival Texas ends the weekend on Sept. 28. The Longhorns pinned a 3-0 loss on the Sooners last year to increase their lead in the series to 4-2. Texas finished 15-5-1 last year with an opening-round loss to SMU in the NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma then travels to Iowa State on Oct. 3 and Missouri on Oct. 5. ISU holds a 5-1-1 series lead on the Sooners and handed OU a heartbreaking loss last year. Cyclone midfielder Kelly Burke knocked in the loose ball off a free kick in the second overtime and the Cyclones upended Oklahoma, 2-1, in Ames. Iowa State finished 7-11-1 last year and 4-6 in the Big 12.
Missouri is 4-2 all-time against the Sooners but Oklahoma dropped the Tigers, 2-0, in Norman last year. MU finished 11-7-2 and 5-5-1 in conference play.
Oklahoma faces Nebraska in Lincoln on Oct. 10. The Huskers beat OU, 1-0, last fall. Nebraska wrapped up its season with a 16-6-3 record and a 3-2 loss to Santa Clara University in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The Colorado Buffaloes await OU on their return to John Crain Field on Oct. 12. The Sooners lost a 2-1 decision to the Buffs in Boulder in 2002. Colorado was 10-8-2 last season. The series between OU and CU is tied, 3-3.
OU host two more Big 12 rivals to wrap up its home schedule for 2003. The Sooners play Texas Tech on Oct. 17 and Baylor on Oct. 19. OU defeated both teams last year. Tech finished 2-17 in 2002 and didn't win a Big 12 game, going 0-10 in conference. Baylor was 8-9-2 overall and 2-6-2 in the Big 12 last season.
Oklahoma travels to Lawrence, Kan., for a game against the Jayhawks on Oct. 24. This will be the third consecutive year the Sooners will play at Kansas. The series is tied 3-3 with KU going 11-7-2 overall last year.
The Bedlam game with Oklahoma State will wrap up the regular season for the Sooners for the fourth straight season. Last year, Oklahoma's regular season came to a stunning close in Stillwater in a 3-2 Bedlam loss to the Cowgirls. The loss denied OU a trip to the Big 12 tournament in San Antonio, Texas.
2003 Oklahoma Soccer Schedule
|8/31/03||New Mexico||Norman, Okla.|
|9/05/03||Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.|
|9/07/03||Rutgers||South Bend, Ind.|
|9/12/03||SMU||Ft. Worth, Texas|
|9/14/03||TCU||Ft. Worth, Texas|
|9/19/03||Oral Roberts||Norman, Okla.|
|9/26/03||Texas A&M||Norman, Okla.|
|10/3/03||Iowa State||Ames, Iowa|
|10/17/03||Texas Tech||Norman, Okla.|
|10/26/03||Oklahoma State||Stillwater, Okla.|