Oct. 25, 2007
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (6-7-3 overall and 2-4-1 Big 12) will conclude the home portion of the 2007 regular season schedule this week as they host Colorado (7-6-3, 3-4-0) and Texas (11-2-3, 4-1-2). The Sooners and Buffaloes will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday at John Crain Field. On Sunday, OU will host the Longhorns at 1 p.m. and celebrate "Senior Day."
Live stats will be available for both games this week on SoonerSports.com. In addition, a live web cast of each game will be available on Oklahoma All-Access (paid site).
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Tickets are available this week through the OU Ticket Office online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-4668. Friday's game is Halloween Night at John Crain Field. The first 250 fans will receive glow and the dark necklaces and kids are encouraged to come in costume and trick or treat after the game. The first "Pack the Park" promotion is set for Sunday. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game. The first 250 fans will receive special OU Soccer "White Noise" T-shirts and the next 250 fans will receive OU Soccer Rally Towels.
VIDEO - Oct. 23 PRACTICE REPORT
SoonerSports.com visited practice on Tuesday to discuss the Sooners' past weekend and to preview the upcoming games with OU head coach Randy Evans.
Oklahoma (6-7-3, 2-4-1) vs. Colorado (7-6-3, 3-4-0)
Friday, Oct. 26 - 7 p.m.
Norman, Okla. - John Crain Field
Colorado is 3-3 in its last six games. After posting a season-high, three-game winning streak with wins over Nebraska, Iowa State and Baylor, the Buffaloes have suffered three straight losses to Texas A&M, Kansas and Missouri. Colorado 3-2-2 on the road this season and 1-1 in the Big 12. The Buffaloes head to Oklahoma State on Sunday and play at Texas next weekend.
The Buffaloes are being outscored by their opponents, 11-10, this season and is led by forward Nikki Marshall. The sophomore leads the club with five goals and 11 points.
Colorado returns 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2006 squad that finished 14-6-4 overall and fifth in the Big 12 with a 5-4-1 mark. The Buffaloes were picked to finish third in the 2007 coaches' preseason poll.
Colorado lead the all-time series with OU, 6-4-1, with wins in three of the last four meetings. CU won last year's game in Boulder (2-1) and the 2005 contest in Norman (2-0).
Oklahoma (6-7-3, 2-4-1) vs. No. 8 Texas (11-2-3, 4-1-2)
Sunday, Oct. 28 - 1 p.m.
Norman, Okla. - John Crain Field
Texas enters this weekend ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA coaches' poll. The Longhorns have not suffered a loss in their last three games and most recently tied Kansas (0-0) on Oct. 21. Texas is 3-2-1 on the road this season and 1-1-1 at Big 12 venues. UT will play at Oklahoma State Friday at 7 p.m.
The Longhorns are outscoring their opponents, 32-13, this season. Freshman Niki Arlitt leads Texas with nine goals and 22 points and ranks third with four assists.
Texas returns 13 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2006 team that finished third in the Big 12 with a 18-4-3 overall record and 8-1-1 mark in conference play.
The last meeting in Austin finished in a 3-3 double overtime tie. The series is knotted at 5-5-1 and OU won the last meeting in Norman, 2-0, on Sept. 25, 2005.
Sunday will mark "Senior Day" for seven OU seniors as they are recognized after the Texas game. The contest will mark the final home game of the regular season for Shana All, Tenesha Duncan, Audri Habibi, Lauren Harris, Colleen Keester, Allyson Kucera and Jenny Nichols. The group has combined to start 291 games since 2004.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners played 110 minutes on Friday only to finish the contest in a scoreless tie to visiting Texas Tech. Instead of moving into a tie for sixth place in the Big 12 standings, the tie placed OU in a tie for eighth place. On Sunday, OU stepped out of Big 12 play and fell, 1-0, to visiting Butler at John Crain Field.
OU concludes the regular season in the Ford Bedlam Series on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Sooners and Cowgirls are slated for a 7 p.m. start at the OSU Soccer Complex in Stillwater. OSU leads the all-time series, 9-2-1, and 11 of the 12 meetings have been decided by one goal or ended in a draw.
OU IN THE BIG 12
With two weekends remaining in the Big 12 regular season, Oklahoma sits ninth in the standings with a 2-4-1 mark. The top eight teams qualify for the 2007 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio. The Sooners are guaranteed a spot in the postseason if they win all three remaining games.
OU's 21 goals rank sixth in the conference, while its 15 assists and 57 points ranks ninth and eighth, respectively. Defensively, OU ranks second in the Big 12 in saves (95), ranks fifth in goals allowed (16), and ranks fifth in goals-against average (1.03) and shutouts (4).
The Sooners have played in 10 games this season decided by one goal or less. OU is 3-4-3 in those contests a year after playing in 14 one-goal games. In 2006, the Sooners were 4-9-1 in those games.
RALLYING FROM BEHIND
Three of the Sooners' six wins this season have been in come from behind fashion. In addition, the Sooners have rallied to record both of their road wins this season (William & Mary and Kansas). OU's first comeback victory came at William & Mary on Sept. 7. The Sooners trailed 1-0 for the first 57 minutes of the game before scoring two second-half goals. On Oct. 4, Baylor took an early 1-0 lead but OU countered with goals in the 22nd minute, 68th minute and 85th minute to win 3-1 at home. Most recently, the Sooners mounted a 2-1 comeback victory at Kansas on Oct. 14 after trailing for the first 51 minutes.
OU TIES LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK AT HOME
OU's string of nine straight games without a loss (8-0-1) ,dating back to Sept. 24, 2006 (L, 1-0 to Kansas), ended against then-No. 6 Texas A&M on Oct. 7. In that nine-game span, OU outscored its opponents 29-4, including a 16-2 advantage this season. The nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest all-time at Oklahoma with a 9-0 span set between Oct. 24, 2004 and Oct. 2, 2005. The Sooners were also unbeaten in two, eight-game streaks from Nov. 2, 2001 to Oct. 11, 2002 (7-0-1) and from Sept. 10, 2000 through Oct. 19, 2001 (8-0).
KUCERA HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK
Senior midfielder Allyson Kucera was the recipient of this week's Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Award presented by the Big 12 Conference. Chick-Fil-A and the Big 12 recognize 36 student-athletes each year for their outstanding contributions to community efforts. Kucera will be featured on this week's Big 12 Showcase, aired on Fox Sports Net Southwest (Cox channel 37 in Oklahoma City) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
After 16 games in 2007, 10 different Sooners have contributed to the 21 goal scored. In addition, 11 Sooners have tallied assists. In 2006, OU scored 30 goals and had 11 different scorers (10 on assists).
SCORING THREE OR MORE GOALS
Oklahoma is 3-0 this season when scoring three or more goals with victories over Alabama A&M (8-0), Oral Roberts (4-1) and Baylor (3-1). Under head coach Randy Evans, the Sooners are 32-0-1 when scoring three or more goals. The lone tie in that span came against Texas on Oct. 6, 2006 in Austin.
OVERTIME FOR OKLAHOMA
The Sooners are 0-1-3 in overtime games this season, having played in extra time on four ocassions this season. The total surpasses the amount of overtime games OU played last season (1). Of the 215 games in OU history, OU has played 40 of them in overtime with a 10-16-14 record. In the Randy Evans' era, OU is 9-11-14 in overtime, including a 3-2-5 mark in the last 10 OT games.
PALMER MAKING HER MARK
In her first season in Norman, freshman forward Whitney Palmer has already made her mark in the OU record books. After scoring the decisive goal against William and Mary, Palmer was honored by the conference as the Big 12's Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 11, a career first. Palmer's four game-winning goals ranks second in the Big 12 this season (Missouri - Alysha Bonnick) and is the third best mark for a Sooner in a single season. She also is tied for fifth on OU's career list in the same category. In addition, only three other freshmen in OU history have scored more goals than Palmer's team-leading six this season (Logan Womack - 7 in 2000, Jonette Coquat - 7 in 1998 and Heather Morrison - 8 in 1997).
0 - Tara Macdonald - Started eight games in goal ... Left Kansas game with back injury (day to day) ... Redshirt freshman shut out North Texas in first career start and blanked Middle Tennessee in second start ... Allowed first goal against Nebraska on Sept. 28 after holding the opposition scoreless for 249 consecutive minutes this season ... Allowed 10 goals in 10 games (1.19 GAA) ... Made first career appearance during the season opener and combined with Jenny Nichols for the first shutout of the season.
1 - Jenny Nichols - Started season opener at goalkeeper ... Has eight starts overall and has started the last three games ... Recorded her 16th career shutout against Texas Tech ... Also blanked VCU ... Combined with Tara Macdonald for the first shutout of the season vs. Alabama A&M ... Recorded season-high eight saves against VCU and Long Beach State ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11, 2007 (third of career) ... Second all-time at OU with 16 career shutouts.
2 - Ashley Farrand - Started first 10 games of the 2007 season and has played in all 16 games ... Ranked fourth on the club with three assists in 2006 ... Made 13 starts.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Made first appearance of the season against North Texas ... Has started five of the last six games and has played in 10 games overall.
4 - Ashley Bolden - Freshman defender ... One of two freshmen (Tiana Dickson) to start every game this season.
5 - Tiana Dickson - Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 and first assist against Baylor ... One of two freshmen (Ashley Bolden) to start every game this season ... Sister of former OU softball All-American Norelle Dickson.
6 - Lauren Alkek - Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July ... Started first two games of the season and missed six games with right knee sprain ... Returned for the start of Big 12 against Nebraska and Iowa State ... Scored first career goal against Baylor.
7 - Audri Habibi - 15 games played, four starts ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Alabama A&M) ... Recorded five points (two goals and an assist) against Alabama A&M ... Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 10, 2006.
8 - Whitney Palmer - Second in the Big 12 lead with four game-winning goals ... Leads the team with six goals and is tied for ninth in the Big 12 ... Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Oral Roberts) ... Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July.
9 - Kelsey Allison - Freshman forward has started 13 games ... Scored first career goal against Alabama A&M (Aug. 31).
11 - Shana All - Played in 15 games with 11 starts ... Leads OU with three assists in 2007 along with Colleen Keester ... Three-year starter who ranks fifth in OU history with 13 assists and fifth with four game-winning goals.
12 - Lauren Harris - Senior captain ... Started every game of the 2007 season with two assists (Alabama A&M and Kansas) ... Three-year starter with 70 career starts ... 11 career assists tied for sixth in OU history.
13 - Caitlin Stojkovic - Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... Made first start against William & Mary and has played in 15 games ... Redshirted her freshman season at South Carolina.
14 - Kate Leyendecker - Played in 11 games ... Tied for third on the team with five points and two goals ... Scored a goal off the bench in each of the first two games ... Recorded first career assist against Alabama A&M.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Second on the team with four goals scored ... Has come off the bench in 15 games (started against Butler) ... Senior's 11 career goals leads current roster and ranks ninth all-time at OU ... Played in 59 career games (18 starts) but limited in 2006 and 2004 with injuries (knee and concussion).
17 - Kate Marr - Came off the bench in season opener ... Made two starts and played in 16 games in 2006.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Started every game of the 2007 season ... Senior captain ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game (Kansas) ... Three-year starter who leads the current roster with 73 career starts and 12 career goals, total ranks eighth in OU history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Started first game of 2007 against Nebraska ... Second on the team with two assists ... Recorded the 12th two-assist game in program history in season opener, tying a school record ... Senior has seen time in every game this season and has 70 career games played.
20 - Charla Baker - Sophomore scored first career goal against Alabama A&M and saw time vs. Middle Tennessee.
21 - Brianne Frost - Freshman with 10 games played off the bench in 2007.
22 - Claire West - Freshman defender came off the bench against Alabama A&M, VCU and Middle Tennessee.
24 - Katie Corbitt - Started every game in 2007 ... Two-year starter with 53 games played and 42 starts.
25 - Ashley Mumma - Freshman defender made first career start against North Texas and has played in 13 games overall with six starts.
26 - Ashlee Coleman - Redshirt freshman made first appearance in season opener and also played against Butler.fi
44 - Traci Dickenson - Junior has started five games with 10 games played overall ... All-Region and All-Big 12 honoree at second base for OU softball in 2007.