Sept. 27, 1999
COMING UP Oklahoma State at Oklahoma Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., CDT Colorado at Oklahoma Friday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., CDT LSU at Oklahoma Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., CDT
Sooners Finally Come Home
After opening the season by playing its first eight games on the road, the Oklahoma soccer team plays its first home match Tuesday versus rival Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. The Sooners, who despite playing in a number of close contests, are 1-7 on the year and 0-2 in the Big 12. OSU has also struggled and owns 1-8 overall and 0-2 conference marks.
Tuesday marks Team Uniform Night at the OU/OSU game. Each youth soccer team repersented in uniform will be eligible to win OU soccer equipment for their team's practices. Autographed posters will also be given to the first 50 kids who arrive at the game.
OU also hosts Colorado on Friday at 6 p.m. and Southeastern Conference opponent LSU on Sunday at 1 p.m. Seven of Oklahoma's final 10 regular season games are in Norman.
All of the Sooners' home games will be played at Norman North High School at 1809 Stubbeman Rd. From I-35, exit east on Robinson Street and proceed approximately two miles. Take a left on Stubbeman at the first light past the railroad tracks. The high school is approximately one-third of a mile ahead.
About the Opponents
Oklahoma State finished 7-8-3 last year overall and 1-6-3 in the Big 12 (tied for ninth). This season, the Cowgirls are led in points by three players: senior Missy Moss and juniors Andi Lute and Andrea Larsen. All three have five points (Moss and Lute have two goals each while Larsen has one). As a team, OSU has been outscored 31-7. The Cowgirls, coached by Karen Hancock, have won all three previous meetings against OU, including last year's 2-1 overtime decision in Stillwater.
Colorado enters the week with a 7-3 overall mark and a 1-1 Big 12 record. Last year CU finished with 5-12-3 and 2-6-2 (eighth place) records. Junior Melissa Cartmell leads this year's Buffs squad with six goals and two assists (14 points). Coached by Austin Daniels, Colorado owns a 2-0 mark against OU and won last year in Boulder, 3-0.
In the midst of a four-game losing streak at the start of the week, LSU is 4-7 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. The Tigers have lost their last two games by a combined 19-1 margin (8-1 at South Carolina Sunday and 11-0 at Florida Friday). Coached by Greg Boggs, LSU finished 8-11-2 last year. The Tigers won their only previous meeting against the Sooners, 2-0 in Baton Rouge in 1996.
Close Games Deemed a Positive
First-year head coach Randy Evans and his Sooners have come up just short in more than one contest this season. Four of OU's seven losses have been by one goal, two in overtime. The Sooners' lone victory was also a one-goal decision (2-1 at Oral Roberts).
"Hopefully those games will pay off for us down the road," said Evans. "Our team has been in a lot of tight games, all away from home. I definitely think it can be viewed as a positive."
Coquat On the Offensive
Sophomore forward Jonette Coquat, OU's leading scorer last year with 19 points (seven goals and five assists), once again leads the team in the scoring department. The Carrollton, Texas, product has scored three of OU's four goals this year and ranks first on the squad in shots (24) and shots on goal (12). She scored both of the Sooners' goals in a 3-2 overtime loss at SMU Sept. 16 and netted another in OU's 2-1 win at Oral Roberts Sept. 7.
Assistant Granstrand Weds
Matt Granstrand, in his first year as an assistant coach at OU, married the former Jennifer Burchett on Saturday in Franklin, Tenn. Sooner head coach Randy Evans, a teammate of Granstrand's at Maryville College in 1988, was the best man.