NORMAN, Okla. -- For the first time in the program’s history, the Oklahoma soccer team (12-3-1 overall, 4-2-1 Big 12) will be seen live on national television as aired on CSTV, when it travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers 9-5-1, 3-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. The game can also be seen in Nebraska on NET Sports.
CSTV is available on Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610) and DISH Network (Channel 152). Kevin Kugler will call the play-by-play and Tanya Benning will provide the color commentary. Additionally, fans can click here for live video and audio that will be available free of charge on Huskers.com.
OU enters the contest in a three-way tie for second place with 13 points, with Texas A&M and Kansas, and Nebraska is a game behind with 10 points. The Sooners are two points out of first place, trailing two teams they defeated earlier in the season (Colorado and Texas).
Friday’s game is the 10th all-time meeting between OU and Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers leading 7-2. Always a competitive matchup, four of the last five contests have been decided by one goal. Before the Sooners 1-0 victory in Norman last season, the Huskers were enjoying a four-game winning streak in the series. OU’s only other win against Nebraska came in Lincoln during the 2000 season.
Nebraska is 3-2 in its last five games, recording wins over Missouri (3-0) at home and over Baylor (1-0) and Oral Roberts (6-0) on the road. The Huskers two losses in that span came on the road against Texas A&M (4-0) and Texas (1-0 in OT). NU has also tied Kansas (0-0) and defeated Colorado (2-1) in Big 12 play this season.
Junior Brittany Timko, a third-team All-American and the 2004 Big 12 Player of the Year, again leads the Husker offense in 2005. In goal, freshman Jamie Klages has earned the starting nod for NU. Klages has played in 11 games this year, accumulating over a 1000 minutes of action and a 0.79 goals-against average (second in the Big 12). She has a 6-3-1 record, 46 saves and five shutouts.
OU will conclude the weekend in Ames, Iowa to battle Iowa State (8-5-3 overall, 3-3-1 Big 12) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Iowa State hosts Oklahoma State on Friday.
In nine all-time meetings, the Cyclones lead 6-1-2 over OU. Despite Iowa State’s advantage, it has been a tightly contested series, as five of the last six meetings have gone to overtime and all but one game in the series has been decided by one goal. The last and only time OU defeated ISU came during the 1999 season, a 1-0 win in overtime in Norman. The last time they played in Ames (2002), OU and ISU tied at two goals apiece.
After a quick 3-1-1 start in the Big 12, which included wins over Kansas (3-1) and Texas A&M (1-0), Iowa State has dropped its last two contests in conference play to Texas (2-1) and Baylor (2-1). In its Big 12 opener, the Cyclones dropped Texas Tech (6-2) before falling to Colorado (4-0) and tying Missouri (1-1).
Senior Amy Flores leads ISU with eight goals and 17 points. She is one of five Cyclones to post a goal this season. Last year, Flores was tied for the team lead in points (12) with four goals and four assists.
Sophomore Joanna Haig, a member of the 2004 All-Big 12 Newcomer Team, is 8-5-3 in the ISU goal this season. Haig has played all but six minutes and 56 seconds and has recorded 82 saves and five shutouts after 16 games. Her 1.08 goals-against average ranks seventh best in the Big 12.
LAST TIME OUT
The OU soccer team (12-3-1 overall, 4-2-1 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout victory over Baylor (3-11-1, 1-6-0) at John Crain Field. Sunday’s win came after the Sooners suffered a 6-2 loss on Friday against No. 19 Texas A&M in Norman. Below is a look at the update Big 12 standings heading into this weekend's action:
Nine different Sooners have scored goals this season, including five players with five or more goals. In 2004, ten different players managed to score a goal but only four posted two or more goals. In addition, the 2005 Sooner offense has six different players with 10 or more points (program high), besting the 2002 team that featured five Sooners with double-digit points. In 2005, OU has outscored the opposition 30-5 in its 12 wins this season (2.5 goals per game).
WINNING STREAK ENDS
The Sooners were riding a school-record nine-game winning streak before its tie at Missouri on Oct. 7. The ten-game unbeaten streak then ended two days later at the hands of Kansas. The winning streak started in Iowa (9/4) where OU topped the Hawkeyes, 2-0. During the unbeaten streak, OU outscored the opposition 25-5, including five shutouts. This year’s winning streak of nine games broke the mark set by the 2002 team that opened the season with a perfect 6-0 record.
In addition to the school-record nine-game winning streak, the 2005 Sooners (12-3-1) are off to the best start in school history. The previous best was established by the 2001 and 2002 teams, who both started its respective seasons 6-1. The 2005 Sooners have also won more games than any previous OU team in the program’s ten-year history. Before this season, the 2001 and 2002 Sooners held that honor with 11.
Senior captain Lauren MacIver continues to add onto her career year after topping all of her previous highs at the midpoint of the season. With an assist on Friday versus Texas A&M, MacIver tied the single season assist record held by Krissy Dawson with eight helpers. MacIver, OU’s career leader in assists with 18, also leads this year’s team in points with 20 (first Sooner to score 20 points since 2002) and is tied for the team lead in goals with six. On Friday, Sept. 16, she became the first Sooner to score a goal in four consecutive games after OU defeated Tulsa. Only six other players have scored goals in three consecutive games in school history. She is also third on OU’s career list in points (50) and tied for third on the goals’ list with 16.
Junior Savannah Scott currently is tied for the team lead with six goals this season and ranks second in points with 14. Scott also led OU in goals scored a season ago, with six tallies. Scott has recorded 11 points in the last nine games. The Norman, Okla., native is tied for third on OU’s all-time goals scored list (16) and she also ranks sixth in all-time points (39).
ENOS SCORES AGAIN
After posting three goals and one assist in her first three seasons at OU, senior Michelle Enos is enjoying career highs in her final year. With a goal on Friday against Texas A&M, Enos is tied for second on the team in goals with five. Enos also has an assist this season and is fifth on the team in points with 11.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
This week’s central region polls have OU ranked No. 10 by the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 9 by Soccer Buzz magazine. The Sooners were No. 6 in last week’s central region poll as released by Soccer Buzz and NSCAA/adidas.
NICHOLS SHUTTING OUT THE OPPOSITION
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing three of the first four games of the 2005 slate on the road, OU finished the home portion of the 2005 schedule with a school-record 9-1 mark. The Sooners’ lone blemish of the home season came against then-No. 19 Texas A&M. OU outscored the opposition 24-9 at home this season, including a 201-103 advantage in shots. Including this year’s 9-1 mark at home, the Sooners are 46-26-7 (.627) lifetime in Norman.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND
After 16 regular season games, the Sooners have recorded 38 assists. That total is more than double the 17 assists recorded in 18 games all of last season by OU. The 38 helpers is also a school record for assists recorded in a season by an OU team (topping the 35 set it 1998). In addition, 14 different Sooners have contributed assists this season and nine players have recorded two or more assists.
In 2004, then-freshmen Lauren Harris (assist) and Tenesha Duncan (goal and assist), each regulars on the field, combined for four points. In 2005 after 16 games, the two have combined for 23 points. Duncan is third on the team in points (13) and tied for second in goals (5). Harris’ 10 points are good for sixth best on the team and she is tied for third on the team in assists (4) and third in goals (3).
CORNERING THE OPPOSITION
The Sooners have taken 90 corner kicks this season (5.6 per game), opposite the 52 taken by their opponents. OU is 9-2 when leading a game in corner kicks, 2-1-1 when trailing and 1-0 when tied with the opposition.
OU has outshot the competition by a significant margin after 16 games (292-194) and is 10-0 when recording more shots than the opposition. The Sooners have only trailed in the shot column in six games this season (Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas and Texas A&M) and they are 2-3-1 in those contests. Against East Carolina (9/11), OU recorded the fourth highest shot total (34) in program history. It was the most shots fired by an OU team since the 2001 team tallied 36 against Drury. The school record for shots in a game is 51, recorded against Louisiana State (1999). OU also had 40 shots against Drury in 1997. On the other side of the field, the OU defense limited Texas State (9/23) to three shots, the fewest by an OU opponent since Drury fired two against the Sooners on Sept. 7, 2001. OU also held Oral Roberts to two shots in the previous game that same season.
Sophomore midfielder Allyson Kucera continues to make things happen when she is on the field. She is tied for second on the team in goals with five and fourth in points with 12. She recorded her first career assist against Texas State (9/23). After 33 career games at OU, Kucera already has nine goals (tied for 9th in OU history). The Pearland, Texas, native scored two goals in the Sooners win over Arkansas, a single-game high. Kucera’s first goal against Arkansas marked the second game-winning goal in her collegiate career.
Two freshmen, Katie Corbitt and Helen Ajufo, have combined for 26 starts this season for OU. Ajufo has started every contest and Corbitt has missed just four starts. In addition, Traci Dickenson has seen time in all but three contests. Corbitt, a midfielder, scored her first career goal, a game winner, against Saint Louis in overtime in the season opener and recorded her first career assist against Western Michigan (9/9). Ajufo and Dickenson have both seen action on defense, primarily in the left back position.
OU’s offensive outburst in the first half against Oral Roberts (9/28) marked the fifth time in school history that an OU team had tallied four scores in a half (last was Sept. 27, 2002 vs. Baylor in Norman).
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With a 3-0 victory over Texas State, OU posted its best non-conference record (8-1, .889 winning percentage) in program history. The previous best was set by the 2001 team that went 7-1 (.875). The last time OU had a losing non-conference record during a season was in 1999, current head coach Randy Evans first year. Evans, now in his seventh season at OU, is 38-16-5 (.686) against non-conference opponents.
2005 OU BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jennifer Nichols - Defensive - 8/30
Lauren MacIver - Offensive - 9/20
Savannah Scott - Offensive - 9/27
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Sophomore goalkeeper recorded her first career shutout against Arkansas on Aug. 28 and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 28. The Tulsa, Okla., native is 12-3-1 with 66 saves and a 1.02 goals-against average (fifth lowest in the Big 12). She has played every minute in goal this year and leads the Big 12 with seven shutouts (school record).
2 - Jenny Jones - Senior defender recorded two assists in 4-1 win over Western Michigan (9/9). The Denton, Texas, native has started every game for OU this season.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Freshman defender has started every game for OU this season. The Southlake, Texas, native is one of two freshman (Katie Corbitt) to play in every game this season.
4 - Kristin Vesely - Senior forward has seen action in all 16 games. Recorded first and only assist of 2005 against Texas State (9/23).
6 - Becky Nelson - Senior forward will miss the 2005 season, recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the 2004 Bedlam game.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Junior midfielder recorded her fourth assist of the season against Colorado (10/2). Assisted on both of OU’s goals in the overtime win over Saint Louis on Aug. 26. Has started all but one game for OU this season and is tied for third on the team in assists (4).
8 - Christy Kenkel - Senior captain will miss the 2005 season after suffering a torn ACL in this year’s fall practice.
9 - Savannah Scott - Junior forward scored her first goal of the year in 3-0 victory over Arkansas. Scored a goal in three consecutive games (second time in her career). She is tied for the team lead in goals this season with six. Her 16 career goals ranks third in OU history.
10 - Kady Kelly - Junior midfielder has started every game this season with five assists (did not record an assist before the 2005 season). Scored the game-winning goal in the Sooners’ exhibition win over Purdue.
11 - Shana All - Sophomore midfielder has started all 16 games this season with three assists (tied for fourth on the team). Scored first collegiate goal (game winner) against Baylor (10/16). Led all Sooners in 2004 with six assists. Her nine career assists is tied for fifth most in OU history.
12 - Lauren Harris - Sophomore midfielder is tied for third on the team in assists with four and is third in goals with three. Scored first career goal in OU’s 2-1 overtime victory against Saint Louis (8/26). The Tulsa, Okla., native has missed only two starts for OU this season.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in 15 games and tallied first career assist against then-No. 21 Texas. She has recorded four shots this season.
15 - Christie Smeal - Junior newcomer played in first game at OU against Arkansas (8/28). Has played in six games this season.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Sophomore midfielder is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and fourth in points (12). Scored two goals against Arkansas (8/28). Her nine career goals is tied for ninth in OU history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game (five shots) and recorded first career assist against Oral Roberts (9/18).
20 - Katie Corbitt - Freshman midfielder has seen time in all 16 games, starting 10. Scored the game winner (first career goal) at Saint Louis (8/26) with 25 seconds remaining in overtime. Recorded first assist in an OU uniform against Western Michigan (9/9).
21 - Savannah Campbell - Freshman midfielder made first appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also appeared against Western Michigan (9/9), Texas (9/25) and Texas A&M (10/14).
22 - Tally Ward - Freshman defender saw first action of the season in a start at Kansas on Oct. 9 after rehabilitating an injured knee for most of the season. Recorded two shots. Has played in four games this season.
25 - Michelle Enos - Senior forward tallied her fifth goal of the year against Texas A&M (10/14). Tied for second on the team in goals scored. Scored first goal of the season at Iowa (9/4). Had three career goals before 2005.
29 - Katherine Hergenrether - Junior midfielder saw first action of the season against Tulsa (9/16) and also logged minutes against Texas (9/25).
32 - Ashley King - Sophomore who redshirted her first season and did not see time in 2004. Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also saw time against Western Michigan (9/9), Tulsa (9/16) Texas (9/25) and Texas A&M (10/14). Twin sister Lauren also plays for OU.
37 - Lindsey Pulat - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Freshman defender has seen time in all but three games this season.
88 - Hollee Fink - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.