NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team (9-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12), ranked No. 25 (Soccer America), will look to win its eighth consecutive game on Friday against Texas Tech (1-8 overall, 0-1 Big 12) at John Crain Field. It is the ninth all-time meeting between the teams, with the series tied 4-4 and OU coming away victorious in the last four meetings. Friday’s game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
The Sooners will conclude the weekend in Norman against Colorado (4-4-2 overall, 1-1-0 Big 12) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday’s opponent, Texas Tech, has lost its last six games after winning its lone game of the year at Sam Houston State (3-2 in OT). Neil McGuire is in his first season at the helm of the Red Raiders’ program and takes over a team that went 3-16 (0-10 in Big 12 play) last season.
Tech, 0-1 in Big 12 play, lost its conference opener last weekend, a 6-3 defeat at home to Iowa State.
Senior forward Kimmie Davis has provided Texas Tech with six of the team’s 10 goals. Davis missed last season with the Red Raiders due to injury. She played her previous two years at Brigham Young.
In the Texas Tech goal, seniors Beth Lippert and Megan Knauss have split time. Lippert is 0-3 with a 3.21 goals-against average with 27 saves in 420:55. Knauss has played 392:47 and is 1-5 with a 3.67 GAA and 19 saves.
Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at John Crain Field on the corner of Imhoff Road and Chautauqua Avenue. The first 250 fans will receive free OU foam fingers and will also have the opportunity to take a photo with one of OU’s newest mascots, Boomer and Sooner. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more at $3 a ticket. OU students receive free admission with a valid student ID. For more information, contact the ticket office at 800-456-GoOU.
The Sooners will face Colorado (4-4-2 overall, 1-1 Big 12) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buffaloes lead the all-time series, 4-3-1, with OU winning four of the last six meetings. OU is 2-1-1 against Colorado at home.
The Buffaloes started 2005 with a 1-3-2 mark, suffering defeats to then-No. 2 North Carolina and then-No. 3 UCLA. The other two losses on CU’s slate this year have come against teams that were ranked at one point in the top 25 (USC and Nebraska).
Colorado split last weekend in Big 12 play with a 2-1 loss against Nebraska and a 4-0 win over Iowa State (both at home).
Three-time First Team All-Big 12 member, Fran Munnelly, leads the CU offense this season with four goals and two assists.
In goal, senior Jessica Keller has played all but 13 minutes for CU. Keller is 4-3-2 with a 1.26 goals-against average, 36 saves and two shutouts this season.
Gates will open at noon at John Crain Field and first 200 fans will receive a 2005 OU soccer team photo. The game will be followed by a team autograph session and soccer clinic. In addition, fans that present their OU football ticket stub vs. Kansas State will receive $3 admission at the gate.
The OU soccer team (9-1-0) extended its winning streak to a school-record seven games on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over No. 21 Texas (3-5-1) at John Crain Field. Sunday was the Big 12 opener for OU, who won 3-0 on Friday over Texas State to conclude the non-conference season with an 8-1-0 mark (best in program history).
NEBRASKA GAME ON NATIONAL TV
For the first time in the program’s history, the Oklahoma soccer team will be seen live on national television as aired on CSTV (College Sports Television). OU will make the appearance when it travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. The game can also be seen in Nebraska on NET Sports. CSTV is available on Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610) and DISH Network (Channel 152).
MORE ON THE SERIES WITH TEXAS
The Sooners’ 2-0 win on Sunday evened the all-time series with Texas at five games apiece. OU is also 4-1 lifetime at home against Texas and has shut out the Longhorns on four occasions.
The 2005 Sooners (9-1) are off to the best start in school history. The previous best was established by the 2001 and 2002 teams, who both started its respective seasons 6-1. OU has outscored the opposition 25-4 in its nine wins this season.
The Sooners are riding a school-record seven-game winning streak. The winning ways started in Iowa (9/4), where OU topped the Hawkeyes, 2-0. During the streak, OU has outscored the opposition 20-3, including four shutouts. This year’s streak broke the mark set by the 2002 team that opened the season with a perfect 6-0 record.
SCOTT NAMED OFFENSIVE BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Savannah Scott was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after her three-goal performance last weekend. In addition, Scott was selected to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week as selected by Soccer Buzz magazine. It is the first time that the publication has honored the Norman native.It is however the second time that the junior was selected to a soccer magazine’s weekly team after OU defeated Texas. In 2003, Scott scored the game-winning goal against the Longhorns and was selected to Soccer America’s Team of the Week. Scott is the third Sooner this season to be honored by the conference (Lauren MacIver and Jennifer Nichols).
Lauren MacIver became the first Sooner to score a goal in four consecutive games on Friday, Sept. 16 versus Tulsa. Only five other players have scored goals in three consecutive games. MacIver did not net a goal on Sunday, Sept. 18 against Oral Roberts but recorded two assists (ninth time in OU history that a player recorded two assists in a game). MacIver netted an assist last weekend against Texas and is the all-time career leader at OU with 16 assists. She is also fourth on OU’s career list in points (43) and tied for fourth on the goals’ list with 14. After ten games and with nine remaining, MacIver has tied topped two individual season highs, six assists and 14 points and tied another in goals with four. The last time MacIver posted those type of stats (2002), she earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore.
With three goals (six points) over the weekend, Savannah Scott currently leads all Sooners with five goals this season (second in points with 11). Scott also led OU in goals scored a season ago, with six tallies. In the last three games, the junior has connected on four of her five total shots (.800 shooting percentage). Scott is the second Sooner this season to score a goal in three consecutive games and the seventh player in OU history.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND
After nine regular season games, the Sooners have recorded 29 assists (2.9 per game). That total is 12 more than the mark recorded in 18 games last season by OU. It is also the third highest total recorded in a season. The 29 assists only trails the 35 recorded in 1999 and the 30 posted in 2002. In addition, 14 different Sooners have contributed assists this season and seven players have recorded two or more assists.
EVANS VS. NON-CONF. OPPONENTS
With a 3-0 victory over Texas State, OU has 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.
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).
Eight different Sooners have scored goals this season, including six players with three or more goals and four with four or more tallies. In 2004, four different players managed to score two or more goals.
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing three of the first four games of the 2005 slate on the road, OU finished its last home stand with a 3-0 mark. OU is in the middle of a four-game home stand that continues this weekend with Texas Tech and Colorado. OU has outscored the opposition 17-2 at home this season, including an 124-42 advantage in shots. Including this year’s perfect 6-0 mark at home, the Sooners are 43-25-7 (.620) lifetime in Norman.
OU has outshot the competition by a significant margin after 10 games (187-86). The Sooners have only trailed in the shot column in two games this season (Wisconsin and Texas). 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 the second on the team in goals (4) with Lauren MacIver and Tenesha Duncan. She recorded her first career assist last Friday against Texas State. After 28 career games at OU, Kucera already has eight goals (tied for 10th 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.
MACIVER NAMED OFFENSIVE BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior captain Lauren MacIver was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Sept. 28 for games played from Sept. 13-19. It is the second such honor for the Tulsa, Okla., native who earned newcomer honors during her freshman season (2002). Against Tulsa and Oral Roberts on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively, MacIver recorded five points and was named to the Oklahoma Shootout All-Tournament Team as the Sooners went 2-0 in the annual event.
ROAD SUCCESS CONTINUES
Dating back to last season the Sooners are 4-2 over the last six away games. The 2005 Sooners are 2-1 so far this season away from John Crain Field. In 2004, OU recorded the only winning record on the road in the program’s history with a 5-4 mark.
Two freshmen, Katie Corbitt and Helen Ajufo, have combined for 19 starts this season for OU. Ajufo has started every contest. In addition, Traci Dickenson has seen time in all but one contest. 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.
NICHOLS EARNS BIG 12 HONOR
OU sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week after shutting out Arkansas (8/28) and limiting Saint Louis to one goal (8/26). The shutout against Arkansas marked the first in Nichols’ collegiate career as the sophomore made two saves in the contest. It marked first such honor for Nichols who has played every minute in the Sooners’ goal this season and has a 0.72 goals-against average.
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 9-1 with 30 saves and a 0.58 goals-against average (second lowest in the Big 12). She has played every minute in goal this year.
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 ten games. Recorded first assist of 2005 against Texas State (9/23).
5 - Lauren MacIver - Senior captain has tallied a point in all but three games this season. She became the first Sooner in program history to score a goal in four consecutive games against Tulsa (9/16). She is tied for second on the team in goals (4) and leads all Sooners in assists (6), points (14), shots taken (50) and shots on goal (20).
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 third assist of the season against East Carolina (9/11). 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 third on the team in assists (3).
8 - Christy Kenkel - Senior captain will miss the 2005 season after suffering a torn ACL in this year’s fall practice.
9 - Savannah Scott - Junior forward scored her first goal of the year in 3-0 victory over Arkansas. Has scored a goal in the last three games. Her 15 career goals ranks in a tie for third most in OU history.
10 - Kady Kelly - Junior midfielder has started every game this season with three assists (did not record an assist before the 2005 season). Scored the game-winning goal in the Sooners’ exhibition win over Purdue.
12 - Lauren Harris - Sophomore midfielder is second on the team in assists with four and tied for second in goals with four. Scored first career goal in OU’s 2-1 overtime victory against Saint Louis (8/26). The Tulsa, Okla., native has missed only one start for OU this season.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game 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). Also logged time against Western Michigan (9/9), Tulsa (9/16) and Texas (9/25).
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Sophomore forward is tied for second on the team in goals (4) and tied for third in points (10). 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 second on the team in goals (4). Scored two goals against Arkansas (8/28). Her eight career goals is tied for 10th in OU history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game and recorded first career assist against Oral Roberts (9/18).
20 - Katie Corbitt - Freshman midfielder has seen time in all ten games, starting nine. 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) and Texas (9/25).
22 - Tally Ward - Freshman defender has not seen action this season due to a sore knee. .
25 - Michelle Enos - Senior forward tallied her third goal of the year against Texas State (9/23). 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) and Texas (9/25). 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 two 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 one game this season.
88 - Hollee Fink - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.