Soccer Team Christens New Complex Friday Versus SMU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 06, 2000

Sept. 6, 2000

The Arrival
The first game at the new OU Soccer Complex is finally here. OU plays this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against SMU in the home opener. The game's starting time has been pushed back 30 minutes.

The facility is located at the corner of Imhoff Road and Chatauqua Avenue, directly west of Lloyd Noble Center.

The SMU game also starts a six-game homestand for the Sooners. OU does not hit the road again until Sept. 29, when it travels to Lubbock, Texas, for a Big 12 game against Texas Tech.

Coach Evans to Miss SMU Game
Unfortunately for OU, Head Coach Randy Evans will be unable to roam the sidelines during Friday's game due to a red card he received in the second half of the Colorado College game Sunday.

Assistant Coach Matt Granstrand will take over the head coaching duties for the SMU game.

Split Even (Again)
It was another weekend tournament and another split for the Oklahoma Sooners. Last weekend, at the Hampton Inn Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., OU defeated New Mexico, 1-0, on Friday and lost to Colorado College, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday.

In Friday's game, Heather Martinelli scored the lone goal for the Sooners and goalkeepers Jana Cunningham and Ayn Toppin combined on the shutout.

On Sunday, OU owned a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Jonette Coquat in the first half, but Colorado College rallied for scores late in the second half and in the second overtime to down Oklahoma, 2-1.

"Overall, I'm proud of the effort this weekend," said Oklahoma Head Coach Randy Evans Sunday. "We never stopped, and, considering the heat and elevation, I thought we played pretty well."

Speaking Of Coquat
After Sunday's game, Jonette Coquat, a junior forward from Carrollton, Texas, became OU's career leader in goals scored (15) and overall points (39).

Coquat's goal against Colorado College helped her surpass former Sooner Heather Morrison in both categories.

About SMU
The Mustangs come to Norman with a 3-1 record and a No. 20 ranking (NSCAA) nationally.

SMU suffered its first loss of the season last Friday to North Texas, a 3-2 overtime defeat in Waco, Texas. SMU led 2-0 late in the second half before North Texas rallied with three goals. The last two North Texas scores came on penalty kicks.

However, SMU bounced back on Sunday with a 4-0 triumph over Arkansas, also in Waco, behind goalkeeper Rachel Slocum's shutout.

The Mustangs, who have been ranked as high as 15th, are led by Susan Harvey. The junior forward has registered six goals and two assists for SMU in just six games.

SMU and Oklahoma have met once before. Last year, the Mustangs topped OU in overtime, 3-2, on Sept. 16, in Dallas.

About Alabama
The Crimson Tide, like SMU, are 3-1 after four games. Over the weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., they defeated Jacksonville State, 3-1, on Friday before losing to Miami, 1-0, on Sunday.

Through four contests, Katie Holtzapfel leads Alabama in scoring (nine points) and goals scored (four).

Alabama leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 1-0. The two teams played last year on Sept. 3, with the Crimson Tide beating the Sooners, 1-0, in overtime on a penalty kick in Tuscaloosa.

OU Offensive Leaders

       G     A     P

Jonette Coquat       2     2     6

Heather Martinelli     2     1     5



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