April 18, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The Sooner soccer team ended its spring schedule with a tie and a win in Edmond on Saturday, April 15th as the city played host to the state's four Division I teams.
OU played a scoreless draw against Oral Roberts in the first contest, a game that was dominated by the wind. Although the conditions made it difficult for either team to develop consistent play, the Sooners created the better scoring opportunities. With a couple of minutes left, OU forwards Megan Olsen and Melanie Brosnahan combined on a play that sent Olsen in alone on goal. The Golden Eagles' keeper came off her line to make a great save to preserve the tie.
The winds calmed down for the afternoon game against Tulsa that saw the Sooners prevail 2-1 thanks to goals from Olsen and Jonette Coquat. Both OU goals were tallied in the first half and the Sooner defense held Tulsa scoreless until the last minute of the game.
The soccer team ended the spring season with five wins, one loss and three draws. The one defeat came to a strong North Texas team at the height of OU's injury woes. The defense continued its strong play from the fall, allowing only five goals in the nine games played. The play from the offensive side was inconsistent, yet showed a lot of promise. OU was shut out three times but still managed to score 26 goals.
"I have to admit, there was a lot of frustration with the spring season," commented OU Head Coach Randy Evans. "I have never even heard stories about a team having as many injuries as we've had this year. At one time, we had 13 of our available 22 out due to injury. With that many injuries, it definitely hinders the progress you can make as a team and as individuals. I do have to give a tremendous amount of credit to the players that were able to play this spring. They did a great job of maintaining a high level of team play and quite a few of those players made huge strides in their individual development. They have created a lot of optimism going into next fall."
The Sooners open their 2000 regular season Friday, August 25 versus Tulsa at 8 p.m. in Edmond and then face Oral Roberts Sunday, August 27 at 7 p.m., also in Edmond. OU's first home game is slated for Friday, Sept. 8 against SMU at 7 p.m.