April 3, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - After scoring 10 goals in the first two games this spring, the Sooners have had trouble finding the back of the net since. The team has been shut out in its last two games. The latest was against the '82 Royals from Oklahoma City. The good news is the defense remained strong and was able to preserve the 0-0 score. Head coach Randy Evans praised the play of goalkeeper Ayn Toppin and defenders Christen Secrest and Bridgette Smith.

When asked about the scoring drought, Coach Evans commented, "We intended to concentrate a lot this spring on improving our attack. The task was made a bit difficult because of some lingering injuries from the fall that kept some of our frontline players out of training. The players available for training were making great strides as evidenced by not just the number of goals we scored during the first weekend, but in the quality of the goals scored. Starting that first weekend, we quickly started losing more of our frontline players to injury, which has made it virtually impossible to design sessions to work on the attack. We've adjusted our focus to improving our flank midfield play and ball movement all over the field. It's certainly work that will make us better as a team, but it's not necessarily going to create any goals."

Next up for Sooner soccer are games against the '83 Norman Fury and the '83 Edmond Premier on Saturday, April 8. The games have been changed to an eight-a-side format due to the number of injuries to the OU team.