Oct. 2, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team (4-4-2 overall, 0-2 Big 12) will look to snap its two-game losing streak this week as it returns to the friendly confines of John Crain Field to host Baylor (6-3-2, 0-1-1) and No. 6 Texas A&M (7-2-1, 1-1).
The Sooners and Bears are slated for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday, Oct. 4. On Sunday, Oct. 7, the Sooners will face the Aggies at 1 p.m.
SoonerSports.com sat down with head coach Randy Evans on Tuesday to discuss this week's opponents. Below is a transcript from this afternoon:
Evans on Baylor
"Baylor traditionally is an energetic team and a very tough team to beat. They bring a lot of energy and its going to be a physical game. Our ability to match that energy and that physical play will be key to our result."
On having an extra day off between games
"To have them at home is a great opportunity for us esp. since we look as healthy as we have been in weeks, so we look to regain our form.
"Our sport is not designed to play two games in three days. Its designed to play one game a week and having an extra day between games should be great for us, esp. with how injured we are right now."
On playing No. 10 Texas A&M
"That's why people choose to play in the Big 12, to have the opportunity to play against teams like Texas A&M."
On making adjustments to the team's recent struggles
"The most obvious answer is to get our best forwards back healthy and on the field. While we are waiting for that to happen, we are just going to change what we are doing. The system we are playing in was designed for the people who aren't on the field. So we are going to shift some things around. We defintely need to secure the defense in the midfield and give our attacking players more opporuntities.
"Just like any other sport, the best defense is a good offense and we are putting too much pressure on our defense to perform by not having a better output on the offensive end."
Live stats will be available for both games this week on SoonerSports.com and a live web cast of Thursday's game will be available on Oklahoma All-Access (paid site).
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Tickets are available this weekend through the OU Athletics Ticket Office online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-4668. Thursday's game marks $.50 hot dog and coke night and the first 250 fans will receive a free OU rally towel. On Sunday, free team photos will be available for a post-game autograph session.
Baylor opened Big 12 play at home last weekend and came away with a 0-1-1 mark. On Friday, the Bears tied visiting Kansas, 2-2, and then suffered its first home loss of the season against Missouri, 4-2, on Sunday. BU is 2-2-1 on the road in 2007.
The Bears are outscoring their opponents, 28-17, and are led by senior Megan Sherrell, who leads the team with six goals and seven assists. Sherrell is tied for third in the Big 12 conference with 19 points and her six goals is tied for sixth.
The Bears return 22 letterwinners and 10 starters from a 2006 squad that finished 6-12-1 overall and eighth in the Big 12 with a 3-7-0 mark. Baylor was picked to finish ninth in 2007 by the league's coaches in the preseason poll.
The series between OU and BU is tied at 4-4-2. The home team has won each of the last two games with the Bears winning the 2006 meeting in Waco, 2-1, and the Sooners claiming victory in the 2005 meeting in Norman, 1-0.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The then-No. 3 Aggies suffered a 3-2 loss in double overtime at then-No. 16 Missouri in Friday's Big 12 opener. Texas A&M bounced back on Sunday with a 5-1 win over Kansas in College Station. The Aggies are 2-2-1 away from home in 2007.
Texas A&M, ranked as high as No. 6 in this week's NSCAA/adidas poll, is outscoring its opponents, 28-8, and is led by senior forward Ashlee Pistorius. The three-time All-American leads the Big 12 with 12 goals and 26 points.
The Aggies return 15 letterwinners and 11 starters from last year's team that finished first in the Big 12 with a 17-6-1 overall record and a 9-1 mark in conference play. In the preseason, Texas A&M was again picked to win the conference.
Texas A&M has dominated the series with the Sooners by winning all 12 meetings. The Aggies won last year's contest in College Station, 6-1, and also controlled the last game played in Norman with a 6-2 victory.