Aug. 29, 1999

College Station, Texas - The OU women's soccer team completed its opening weekend of Big 12 play on Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to the 15th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas. The Sooners kept it close until well into the second half when A&M scored three goals during a seven-minute stretch.

"We just ran into a more experienced and talented team today," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "We didn't take advantage of any opportunities and they took advantage of all of them. That is where the experience comes into play."

Texas A&M was only leading 1-0 after the opening half, but OU couldn't manage any offense. The Sooners talllied only five shots (three on goal), while Texas A&M registered 35 shots (20 on goal). Texas A&M was led by Nicky Thrasher, who recorded 10 shots, including the first goal of the game. All five of A&M's goals were scored by different players.

"We had a good weekend despite losing both games," said Evans. "These two games gave us an indication of where we stand with the rest of the conference. Now we know where we need to improve to be successful."

Sophomore forward Jonette Coquat was a bright spot for OU, registering four shots, two on goal. Junior goalkeeper Ayn Toppin only allowed one goal in the first 45 minutes while registering eight saves. Freshman Jana Cunningham recorded seven saves while playing the entire second half in goal for OU.

"Jonette Coquat and Heather Martinelli both had pretty good weekends for us," said Evans.

The Sooners play next at Alabama on Friday, Sept. 3, in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide return eight starters from a team that went 13-7-1 last year.

Team Scoring

Oklahoma      0     0     -     0


Texas A&M 1 4 - 5

Individual Scoring
A&M -- Thrasher from middle of box (21:52)
A&M -- Ragsdale from middle on open net (48:45)
A&M -- Sterns from back post (74:07)
A&M -- Mitchell header off corner kick (78:33)
A&M -- Peters header from middle of box (81:33)

Shots: OU 5, A&M 35
Saves: OU 15, A&M 3
Corner Kicks: OU 2, A&M 6
Fouls: OU 11, A&M 10
Attendance: 1,697