Samantha Faulkner Online Journal No. 6

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 07, 2004

OU senior midfielder Samantha Faulkner will script her own online journal at for the 2004 season. Faulkner will share her experiences with Sooner fans as she captains the OU soccer team this season.

Oklahoma (4-4-3 overall, 0-3-0 Big 12) will look to snap its recent three-game skid and win its first Big 12 game of the season with two conference contests on the road this weekend.  Friday’s action against Baylor (4-6-1 overall, 1-3 Big 12) will start at 7 p.m. in Waco at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.  The Sooners will then battle Texas Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last weekend, OU suffered two defeats by one goal each against Texas (1-0) on Friday and Texas A&M (2-1) on Sunday.  OU sophomore Savannah Scott scored her fourth goal of the season in the 70th minute on an unassisted blast in the Texas A&M game.  Scott’s tally ended the Aggies’ bid for a fifth consecutive shutout with the first goal of the first of the game. 

This is the sixth installment of Samantha's journal.  There is a link at the bottom of the page so you can submit questions for Samantha to reply to in her next entry. 
Samantha Faulkner
Journal No. 6 - Oct. 7, 2004

Our team probably played the best soccer that it has played in a long time last weekend against Texas and Texas A&M.  We played well enough to win each game and we were in good positions to win both games, especially in the Texas A&M game.  We were leading the Aggies, with a man down, until the last four minutes of the game.  It hurts worse to lose that way then to lose to a team that outplayed us.  At least we know we can play with the best teams in our conference.  So here we are, 0-3 in the conference, and in a must win situation this weekend.  We have to win every game that we have left.  It might be a good thing if the other team sees that we are 0-3 and then we can come out and surprise them. This team has the mentality that we have to buckle down and win. 

This weekend we are playing Baylor and Texas Tech.  They both have had good games against Texas.  It’s going to be another tough weekend.  We know that if we play as well as we did our last time out we should be able to walk away with two wins. 

Do you enjoy answering these questions as much as I enjoy reading them?
Becky Nelson from Norman (OU soccer team)
I do.  I especially like questions that come from my friends.  The fact that people are actually reading the journals is kind of cool.  And I like answering the questions.  It’s neat to see that people from all over the country are writing in and that they have some interest in OU women’s soccer.

If you could be famous for a day who would you be and why?
Jackie Smith from Norman
I would like to be Katie Holmes.  She is beautiful, rich and well known.  She even has a really hot fianc.  She can buy whatever she wants and when she’s not working she can travel to different places.

With 11 games under your belt this season, what do you feel was your best overall game so far and why?
Patrick from Norman
I would have to say the Texas A&M game.  Seeing all my teammates play with so much heart, made me work even harder.  I always feel the proudest if I have worked my hardest and I know that I have nothing left at the end of the game.  Even if I didn’t produce scoring chances, which I would have liked to have done, I still worked my hardest. 

You guys have played a really tough schedule and have come so close in so many games. How do you get over the hump of winning that first Big 12 game? Does anything in the game plan at this point in the season change?
Jason from Tulsa, Okla.
As far as where we are at as a team, we have lost some players and have lost some games.  What it comes down to now is playing with our hearts.  If we don’t win and we are playing as hard as we can, then we know the other team was just better.  We can’t do anything else other than to try our hardest.  To get over the hump, everyone is going to have to contribute and play as hard as they can.  The other obvious thing is we have to do is put points on the board.  We have to score in order to win.

That's all for this week, time to hit the road for one of the last couple times this regular season.  Thanks for your support!  We hope to see you next weekend when we host Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 15 and No. 9/10 Kansas on Sunday.

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