Oct. 23, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (6-7-3 overall and 2-4-1 Big 12) will conclude the home portion of the 2007 regular season schedule this week as they host Colorado (7-6-3, 3-4-0) and Texas (11-2-3, 4-1-2). The Sooners and Buffaloes will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday at John Crain Field. On Sunday, OU will host the Longhorns at 1 p.m. and celebrate "Senior Day."
VIDEO - Oct. 23 PRACTICE REPORT
SoonerSports.com visited practice on Tuesday to discuss the Sooners' past weekend and to preview the upcoming games with OU head coach Randy Evans.
Live stats will be available for both games this week on SoonerSports.com. In addition, a live web cast of each game will be available on Oklahoma All-Access (paid site).
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Tickets are available this week through the OU Ticket Office online at
SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-4668.
Friday's game is Halloween Night at John Crain Field. The first 250 fans will receive glow and the dark neclaces and kids are encouraged to come in costume and trick or treat after the game.
On Sunday, fans are encouraged to "Pack the Park." The first 250 fans will receive special OU Soccer "White Noise" T-shirts and the next 250 fans will receive OU Soccer Rally Towels. Sunday will also mark Senior Day for seven OU seniors as they are recognized at the game.
Colorado is 3-3 in its last six games. After posting a season-high, three-game winning streak with wins over Nebraska, Iowa State and Baylor, the Buffaloes have suffered three straight losses to Texas A&M, Kansas and Missouri. Colorado 3-2-2 on the road this season and 1-1 in the Big 12. The Buffaloes head to Oklahoma State on Sunday and play at Texas next weekend.
Colorado is being outscored by their opponents, 11-10, this season and is led by forward Nikki Marshall. The sophomore leads the club with five goals and 11 points.
The Buffaloes return 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2006 squad that finished 14-6-4 overall and fifth in the Big 12 with a 5-4-1 mark. The Buffaloes were picked to finish third in the 2007 coaches' preseason poll.
Colorado lead the all-time series with OU, 6-4-1, with wins in three of the last four meetings. CU won last year's game in Boulder (2-1) and the 2005 contest in Norman (2-0).
Texas enters this weekend ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA coaches' poll. The Longhorns have not suffered a loss in their last three games and most recently tied Kansas (0-0) on Oct. 21. Texas is 3-2-1 on the road this season and 1-1-1 at Big 12 venues. UT will play at Oklahoma State Friday at 7 p.m.
The Longhorns are outscoring their opponents, 32-13, this season. Freshman Niki Arlitt leads Texas with nine goals and 22 points and ranks third with four assists.
Texas returns 13 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2006 team that finished third in the Big 12 with a 18-4-3 overall record and 8-1-1 mark in conference play.
The last meeting in Austin finished in a 3-3 double overtime tie. The series is knotted at 5-5-1 and OU won the last meeting in Norman, 2-0, on Sept. 25, 2005.