Game 5: Friday, Sept. 10 (7 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Oral Roberts
Oklahoma (2-0-2) hits the road for the eighth all-time meeting with Oral Roberts on Friday. It marks the first game of the annual Oklahoma Shootout for OU after going 2-0 in last year’s tournament held in Norman.
Friday’s action gets underway at 7 p.m. at the ORU Soccer Complex in Tulsa. The Golden Eagles (3-1-0) have won four straight via shutout after dropping their opener to Texas Tech (6-2). ORU won its last contest (1-0) on Tuesday night over visiting Arkansas.
Junior forward Jessica Kellog has scored seven of ORU’s ten goals this season and five individual Eagles have recorded assists. A pair of goalkeepers have split time for ORU in its first four games. Sophomore Mandy Evans has appeared in two games (135:00) and owns a shutout, a 1.33 goals-against average and nine saves. Freshman Stef Hurley has played in four games (315:00) and is 3-1-0. She allowed all four of her goals in the Texas Tech contest and sports a 1.14 goals-against average with three shutouts and sixteen saves.
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ORU returns 12 letterwinners and six starters from last season’s team that finished second in the Mid-Continent Conference with a 12-6-2 overall mark. After dropping the first game in the series in 1997 in Tulsa (2-1 in 2OT), OU has rattled off six straight wins over ORU. The Sooners defeated ORU 2-0 in Norman last year. The Sooners have outscored the Golden Eagles 18-6 in seven all-time meetings.
Game 6: Sunday, Sept. 12 (7 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Tulsa
The Sooners will play the final game of the Oklahoma Shootout against Tulsa
(1-3-0) on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Hurricane Soccer Stadium. OU defeated Tulsa in the tournament last season, 2-0.
After getting blanked in its first three games, Tulsa scored three goals in its first win of the season over Arkansas State on Sunday. Tulsa opens the Oklahoma Shootout at Hurricane Soccer Stadium with Oklahoma State on Sept. 10.
Tulsa returns 11 letterwinners and seven starters from its 2003 squad that finished seventh in the WAC with an overall record of 5-12-1. Juniors Jamie German and Carrie Schnarre and freshman Kristina Corona each scored in Tulsa’s last game with Arkansas State. Schnarre also recorded an assist in that contest with sophomore Katie Ward contributing the other two assists. Senior Pam Devore (1-1) has seen a majority of the time for Tulsa in goal (270:00 minutes) and has a 0.67 goals-against average, one shutout and seven saves.
OU leads the all-time series with the Golden Hurricane, 3-2. Tulsa last defeated the Sooners in Edmond in 2000 (2-0) and since then OU has shut out the Golden Hurricane in two contests (2-0, 2-0).
RECORD NIGHT AT JOHN CRAIN FIELD
The Sooners’ 5-0 defeat of TCU on Sept. 3 marked a record night for OU soccer. The fifth goal tied the record for the most goals scored at John Crain Field, a mark achieved two other times, the most recent on Sept. 22, 2001, against Southeast Louisiana. The TCU game also marked the most goals scored and the largest margin of victory in 54 games for OU, dating back to that same game on in 2001. OU has scored more than five goals on only two occasions, in 1998 at Tulsa (6-1) and in 1997 against Drury (8-1).
CORNERING THE OPPOSITION
After struggling against the opposition in 2003 in the corner kick category, the 2004 Sooners have taken advantage of the set plays from the corners, scoring four goals in four games, three off of headers. The Sooners have produced 24 corner kicks compared to nine a year ago after four games.
WADE BLANKS ANOTHER
Senior goalkeeper Catherine Wade recorded OU’s first shutout of the season on Friday versus TCU. Wade, OU’s all-time leader in shutouts, has blanked 16 opponents in her career.
Junior Lauren MacIver led OU in shots in her first two seasons and is off to a roaring start in 2004. The captain has ripped 24 shots in four games, with two goals scored and 11 shots on goal. She recorded 61 shots as a freshman and 69 last year. With 14 regular season games remaining, she is on pace to record 108 shots. In 2003, the Sooners had 254 shots as a team.
After four games, the Sooners are off to one of their best starts in school history. This season (2-0-2), OU is one of three undefeated teams in the Big 12. The Sooners started the 2002 season with six straight wins and began 2001 with a 3-1 record.
KUCERA IS KEY
Despite her solid efforts on defense for OU, freshman Allyson Kucera is getting more attention on offense as she leads the team in goals. On three occasions, Kucera has pushed up on offense to contribute goals on Sooner corner kicks. She ranks third in the Big 12 in goals and holds the record for most goals scored by an OU defender besting Sheri Whatley’s two tallies in 1996.
GET TO KNOW THE 2004 SOONERS
During the 2004 season, SoonerSports.com will bring you a weekly segment giving fans a inside look at the players on the OU Soccer team. Each week, a different player will be spotlighted answering questions varying from most embarrassing moments to nicknames and superstitions. Click here to access the main page that currently features senior Samantha Faulkner and freshman Tenesha Duncan.
SAMANTHA FAULKNER 2004 JOURNAL
Senior stopper and team captain Samantha Faulkner takes Sooner fans behind the scenes with her online journal as OU plays its 2004 season.
SOONERS CONTINUE ON THE ROAD
The Sooners brought home a win in its first road game of the season at Arkansas. OU will hit the road for eight of its next nine contests. The next trip is to Tulsa, Okla., for games against ORU and Tulsa and is followed by trips to Tempe, Ariz., and four stops in Texas (Austin, College Station, Waco and Lubbock). The one home game during the span will come on Sept. 24 when OU opens Big 12 play with Missouri.
With an assist against TCU, junior Lauren MacIver is in sole possession of fourth place on OU’s career assists list with 10. The top spot is held by three former Sooners (Krissy Dawson, Shannon Wing and Jonette Coquat) with 15 assists.
LAST TIME OUT
Game 3: Sept. 3 vs. TCU
at John Crain Field (Norman, Okla.)
Oklahoma soccer team waited till its third game of the year to record its first win, but won in impressive fashion on Friday with a 5-0 victory over visiting TCU. Two first half goals from freshman Allyson Kucera and junior Christy Kenkel was all the Sooners needed for the victory.
The Sooners dominated the statistics with 28 shots to TCU’s 7, including a 12-4 advantage at halftime. OU also continued its recent trend of creating scoring chances on corner kicks. OU’s first goal came from a corner kick off the foot of freshman Shana All for her team leading third assist that found Kucera in the box. Kucera proceeded to head the goal in for her second tally of the year at the 23:08 mark.
OU’s second goal came in the 36th minute and featured a nice combination of passes in the TCU box between junior Lauren MacIver and freshman Tenesha Duncan. MacIver and Duncan combined to find Kenkel with precision passes that opened up Kenkel on the right side of the box. Kenkel scored her first goal of the season with a blast to the upper right corner that found the back of the net beating TCU goalkeeper Ashley Pierret.
In front of senior goalkeeper Catherine Wade who made five saves, the Sooner defense recorded its first shutout of the season. The game was scoreless in the second session until the 68:03 mark, when freshman Savannah Scott scored an unassisted goal off a deflection in the box. MacIver made it 4-0 over a minute later after she scored an unassisted goal that she flicked over Pierret after a TCU turnover in its defensive end. Becky Nelson scored the Sooners’ fifth and final goal.
Game 4: Sept. 5 vs. Arkansas
Lady'Back Field (Fayetteville, Ark.)
OU played its first road game of 2004 in Fayetteville, Ark., and came away with a 2-1 win over Arkansas on Sunday for its second consecutive victory. After a slow first half, the Sooners rebounded to score two second half goals, one from freshman Allyson Kucera and the other from sophomore Andrea Hurley, to defeat the Lady Razorbacks and improve the series record to 6-0.
Arkansas (2-2-0) held OU scoreless in the first half two days after the Sooners scored five goals against TCU. The momentum was clearly in OU’s favor to start off the second half, as it pressured the opposition with a flurry of shots. That pressure eventually broke through the Arkansas defense 3:36 into the second session. For the third time this season on a corner kick, the dynamic freshman duo of Shana All and Kucera hooked up for the score to beat Arkansas goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver. Junior Jenny Jones was also credited for her first assist of 2004 on the play. The score resulted in All’s team-leading fourth assist this season and Kucera’s team-leading third goal of the young season.
With just under 15 minutes left in the contest, the Lady Razorbacks knotted the game at one when Katie Stauffer recorded her first goal of the season that got past Nichols off a free kick. The OU offense quickly countered less than a minute later with Hurley’s goal, assisted by junior Becky Nelson and sophomore Savannah Scott. Hurley’s first collegiate goal at the 75:58 mark could not have come at a better time as it proved to be the game winner. The double assist, a solid display of passing between Nelson and Scott, set up Hurley for the one-on-one that she used to put away the game.