Sept. 5, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team is coming off a 2-0 weekend to open the 2007 season and will look to carry that momentum into this weekend's games in the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.
Soonersports.com sat down with OU head coach Randy Evans at Tuesday's practice and discussed last weekend's action and previewed the upcoming weekend against William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth.
In addition, coach Evans talks about the impact of the newcomers and their progression at this point in the season. Five freshmen in that group started the 2007 opener and, overall, 11 played in the 8-0 victory over Alabama A&M.
The Sooners will kick things off in the 2007 Tribe Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7 against host William & Mary at 6 p.m. at Albert-Daly Field. On Sunday, Sept. 9, OU will conclude tournament action against Virginia Commonwealth at 11 a.m.
SCOUTING WILLIAM & MARY (1-1)
The Tribe began the season with a 2-0 loss to UNC Greensboro on Friday but bounced back with a 3-0 victory over N.C. State on Sunday.
The Tribe finished the 2006 season with a 16-1-4 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in school history. That mark ranks third all-time in NCAA history behind North Carolina and Connecticut (24 each). William & Mary has advanced to the postseason in 14 of the last 15 years, including three Sweet 16 appearances and two years in the Elite Eight.
William & Mary returns 19 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2006 team that was 8-0-2 at home. Leading the scoring attack is junior Claire Zimmeck. A 2007 Preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List Honoree, Zimmeck ranked 15th nationally in goals per match (0.74) and 18th in points per match (1.68). The Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Year and All-American (Soccer Buzz) finished 2006 with 14 goals and four assists.
SCOUTING VCU (0-2)
Virginia Commonwealth was 11-6-3 in 2006 and returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from that squad. VCU opened the season last weekend with a pair of defeats to Seton Hall (4-0) and Villanova (3-0).
The Rams did not make the NCAA Tournament in 2006 but advanced to the second round of the postseason in 2005.
VCU was picked to finish sixth in Colonial Athletic Association and has finished in the top three of the CAA standings in each of the past three seasons. The Rams have earned berths in the championship game in two of those years.
The Rams are led by junior midfielders Stephanie Power and Megan Flanagan, the top two returning scorers from last season. Power tallied 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists) and Flanagan contributed two goals and four helpers.