NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma senior midfielder Samantha Faulkner will script her own online journal at SoonerSports.com for the 2004 season. Faulkner will share her experiences with Sooner fans as she captains the OU soccer team this season.
The Sooners (7-7-3 overall, 3-6-0 Big 12) close out the regular season on Friday with a must-win game against Oklahoma State (11-5-2 overall, 3-5-1 Big 12). The Bedlam Series presented by the Bank of Oklahoma and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers will get underway at 7 p.m. (CDT) at John Crain Field. The game will mark the first time in three years that the teams will battle in Norman.
Because Oklahoma defeated Nebraska (1-0) and Oklahoma State lost to Colorado (1-0) on Sunday, the annual rivalry will be even more competitive. The winner of the annual Bedlam Series game will advance to the Big 12 Tournament while the loser’s season will end. If a tie occurs, OSU will advance with 11 points over OU’s 10 points. This marks the third time in the last four years that the Bedlam game will decide a spot in the annual conference tournament.
This is the ninth installment of Samantha's journal. There is a link at the bottom of the page so you can submit questions for Samantha to reply to in her next entry.
Journal No. 9- Oct. 28, 2004
Our win against Nebraska was the biggest thing that happened this past weekend. It was a huge victory and it kept our chances alive in making it to the Big 12 Tournament. Since last Friday, we have been in single elimination games. It’s like we already started the tournament. Since we won our last game, we get to keep going. We are going to have to have the same mentality for this Friday. It’s going to be a big game already since we are playing Oklahoma State. There are a lot of stakes at hand and we’re getting really pumped up for the game.
You said in an earlier journal that you wanted to help out with the team after you graduated and go to graduate school. What do you plan to study and could you see yourself as a coach someday?
Matthew from Enid, Okla.
I can definitely see myself as a coach one day. With being a captain, I have gotten a taste for what it is like to lead a group of girls. I’ve thought about it for a long time and I would love to coach on the side. I’m going to go to graduate school for social work hopefully. Getting my masters under my belt is not the only thing I want to do. I hope to add of few things to my resume, like a teaching certificate, coaching and anything else that comes my way.
Hi Samantha! I have a three-part question. With what’s on the line Friday, is this the biggest and most important Bedlam game you have played in? How does it feel to know that Friday is your last game against OSU? Is the Bedlam rivalry the best rivalry for OU athletics?
Terri from Norman
That is a definite yes, this is the biggest Bedlam game for me. It’s my senior year and there is so much riding on it. It’s weird that it’s my last game against OSU, but I’m excited. I’m picturing a lot of tears whether we win or lose. It’s a little bitter sweet to be done playing on our home field. I would say the Bedlam rivalry is the best rivalry especially in our region and definitely in our state. I think within each sport there is another big rivalry. Obviously, with football there is the Texas game. Even though Texas is a big game for us, I think there’s something about playing OSU that just gives us that extra drive and we know we have to win that game.
Of the very few movies made about the sport of soccer or that involve something about soccer, what is your favorite and why?
Mark from Shawnee
You are right, there really aren’t that many movies about soccer our there. I would have to say “The Big Green”. It’s so cute.
My 14 year-old daughter is a great soccer player but I can’t get her on a select team, so she has been playing on a recreational team. The state tournament is coming up again in Dallas in November and our team is the Comets from Tri-county U-16. Our coach says she is college Division I material and she wants to play college soccer. Is there anything that I could do for her to get her looked at by college coaches or recuits?
Charles Woodall from Malakoff, Texas
Always try sending in a resume or questionnaire to colleges she is looking at. Videos are also a great way for coaches to look at players. If she is not going to be in a big tournament where coaches are watching players, I would say send a video and explain your situation telling the coach why she can’t be at the tournaments. Be persistent. Don’t just send it and wait for a reply. Follow up on everything you send to the coaches.
Hope to see you on Friday for Bedlam. Thanks for the support!