NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team (7-1) will look to tie a school record by extending its winning streak to six games on Friday when the Sooners host Texas State (3-6-0) at John Crain Field. It is the first-ever meeting between the teams. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
The Sooners will conclude the weekend in Norman with the start of Big 12 play against No. 21 Texas (3-3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday’s opponent, Texas State (Southland Conference), has won three out of the last four games after starting the season 0-6. The Sooners and Bobcats share two common opponents in 2005. Texas State lost 3-0 at Oklahoma State and 3-2 at Oral Roberts to begin the season. OU defeated ORU in its last game, 4-1, and will conclude the season at Oklahoma State.
Sophomore forward Jerelyn Lemmie leads the Bobcats in goals (5), points (10) and shots (25). She scored three goals and an assist last season. Junior forward Natalie Holder leads the 2005 Bobcats with four assists.
In the Texas State goal, junior Brittany Beltramini has played a majority of the minutes with 495:00. In that span, Beltramini is 1-5-0 with a 2.73 goals-against average with 37 saves. Junior goalkeeper Page Perriraz has also seen time, starting the last two games for the Bobcats. Perriraz is 2-1 with a 1.21 GAA and 20 saves.
Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at John Crain Field on the corner of Imhoff Road and Chautauqua Avenue. The first 250 fans will receive free OU trucker hats. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more at $3 a ticket. OU students receive free admission with a valid student ID. For more information, contact the ticket office at 800-456-GoOU.
The Sooners will open Big 12 play on Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 21 Texas at John Crain Field. Texas plays at Oklahoma State Friday. Texas leads the all-time series with OU, 5-4. Texas defeated the Sooners, 1-0, last season in Austin, avenging the Sooners 2-1 victory the last time the teams played in Norman (2003). OU is 3-1 at home against Texas.
After starting the season 2-0 with wins over SMU and Auburn, the Longhorns have struggled with a 1-3-1 mark over the last five games. Included in that span are defeats to three teams ranked among the top 25 this week (Michigan, BYU and Portland).
Sophomore forward Kelsey Carpenter is the team leader in goals with three. Carpenter scored the game-tying goal at home against No. 3 Portland Friday before the Pilots took the lead nine minutes later for the 2-1 victory.
Junior Dana Hall and freshman Dianna Pfenninger have split time guarding the Longhorns’ goal this season. Hall (315:00) is 2-1-1 with a 0.86 goals-against average and 20 saves, while Pfenninger (335:00) is 1-2-0 with a 1.07 GAA and 14 saves. The two have combined for three shutouts this season (SMU, Auburn, Michigan State).
Gates will open at noon at John Crain Field and fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with OU’s new mascot (Boomer and Sooner). In addition, one lucky fan will have the chance to win a 20” flat-screen TV.
The OU soccer team defeated Oral Roberts, 4-1, on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla., to conclude the Oklahoma Shootout and record its fifth consecutive victory. The Sooners finished the annual tournament with a 2-0 mark after defeating Tulsa, 3-0, in Norman on Friday. Tenesha Duncan, Jenny Jones and Lauren MacIver were named to the all-tournament team.
The 2005 Sooners (7-1) 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 Sooners extended their season-high winning streak to five games after last weekend’s victories over Tulsa and Oral Roberts. The winning ways started in Iowa (9/4), where OU topped the Hawkeyes, 2-0. During the streak, OU has outscored the opposition 15-3. The five consecutive wins is one game shy of tying the school record set by the 2002 team that opened the season with a perfect 6-0 record.
MACIVER NAMED OFFENSIVE BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior captain Lauren MacIver was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday for games played from Sept. 13-19. It is the second such honor for the Tulsa, Okla., native who earned newcomer honors during her freshman season (2002). Against Tulsa and Oral Roberts last weekend, MacIver recorded five points and was named to the Oklahoma Shootout All-Tournament Team as the Sooners went 2-0 in the annual event.
SOONERS SET TO MAKE FIRST NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCE
For the first time in the program’s history, the Oklahoma soccer team will be seen live on national television as aired on CSTV (College Sports Television). OU will make the appearance when it travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. The game can also be seen in Nebraska on NET Sports. Nebraska is currently ranked fourth in the NSCAA/adidas central region poll. 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).
Lauren MacIver became the first Sooner to score a goal in four consecutive games on Friday versus Tulsa. Only five other players have scored goals in three consecutive games. MacIver did not net a goal on Sunday against Oral Roberts but recorded two assists (ninth time in OU history that a player recorded two assists in a game). MacIver’s three assists over the weekend gives her 15 in her career. That mark is tied for first place on OU’s all-time career assists list with three others. She is also fourth on OU’s career list in points (43) and tied for fourth on the goals’ list with 14. After eight games and with 11 remaining, MacIver has tied three individual season highs with four goals, five assists and 13 points. She posted those bests in 2002, a season where she earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND
After eight regular season games, the Sooners have recorded 23 assists. That total is six more than the mark recorded in 18 games last season by OU. It is also tied for the fourth most assists recorded in a season with the 2003 team that made the NCAA Tournament. The 23 assists only trails the 35 recorded in 1999, 30 in 2002 and 27 in 2001. In addition, 11 different Sooners have contributed assists this season and seven 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 eight games, each Sooner has individually doubled that total. Harris is second on the team in points (9) with three goals and three assists. Duncan is tied for third on the team in points (8) with three goals and two assists.
Sunday’s offensive outburst in the first half against Oral Roberts 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).
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing three of the first four games of the 2005 slate on the road, OU finished its last home stand with a 3-0 mark. OU is set to open a four-game home stand on Friday (Texas State, Texas, Texas Tech and Colorado). OU has outscored the opposition 12-2 at home this season, including an 83-25 advantage in shots. Including this year’s perfect 4-0 mark at home, the Sooners are 41-25-7 (.610) lifetime in Norman.
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With two wins this past weekend and one non-conference game remaining against Texas State, OU will have a chance to record the best non-conference record (8-1) in the program’s history. The 2005 Sooners are currently tied with 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 37-16-5 (.681) against non-conference opponents.
OU has outshot the competition by a significant margin after eight games (146-69). The only game that OU was not ahead of the opposition in the shot count was the Sooners 2-0 loss to Wisconsin (9-4). 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 Tulsa (9/16) and Arkansas to four shots (8/28) this season, the fewest by an OU opponent since Drury fired four against the Sooners on Sept. 6, 2002.
KUCERA IS KEY
Sophomore midfielder Allyson Kucera continues to make things happen when she is on the field. She is tied for the team lead in goals (4) with Lauren MacIver. After 26 career games at OU, Kucera already has eight goals (tied for 10th 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.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
This week’s central region polls have OU ranked No. 8 by the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 10 by Soccer Buzz magazine. The Sooners were No. 10 in last week’s central region poll as released by Soccer Buzz and No. 9 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
Eight different Sooners have scored goals this season, including six players with two or more goals and four with three or more tallies. In 2004, four different players managed to score two or more goals.
Two freshmen, Katie Corbitt and Helen Ajufo, have started every game for OU this season. In addition, Traci Dickenson has seen time in all but one contest. 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.
ROAD SUCCESS CONTINUES
Dating back to last season the Sooners are 4-2 over the last six away games. The 2005 Sooners are 2-1 so far this season away from John Crain Field. In 2004, OU recorded the only winning record on the road in the program’s history with a 5-4 mark.
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 7-1 with 28 saves and a 0.72 goals-against average. She has played every minute in goal this year.
2 - Jenny Jones - Senior defender recorded two assists in 4-1 win over Western Michigan (9/9). Jones helped the OU defense blank Tulsa (9/16), Iowa (9/4) and Arkansas (8/28). 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 start all eight games this season.
4 - Kristin Vesely - Senior forward has seen action in all eight games.
5 - Lauren MacIver - Senior captain has tallied a point in all but two games this season. She became the first Sooner in program history to score a goal in four consecutive games against Tulsa (9/16). She is tied for the team lead in goals (4) and leads all Sooners in assists (5), points (13), shots taken (38) and shots on goal (16).
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 third assist of the season against East Carolina (9/11). Assisted on both of OU’s goals in the overtime win over Saint Louis on Aug. 26. Has started every game for OU this season and is second on the team in assists (3).
8 - Christy Kenkel - Senior captain will miss the 2005 season after suffering a torn ACL in this year’s fall practice.
10 - Kady Kelly - Junior midfielder has started every game this season with two assists. Scored the game-winning goal in the Sooners’ exhibition win over Purdue.
11 - Shana All - Sophomore midfielder has started all eight games this season with two assists. Her eight career assists is tied for sixth most in OU history.
12 - Lauren Harris - Sophomore midfielder is second on the team in assists with three and tied for second 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 started every game for OU.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game and has recorded three shots.
15 - Christie Smeal - Junior newcomer played in first game at OU against Arkansas (8/28). Also logged time against Western Michigan (9/9) and Tulsa (9/16).
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Sophomore forward is tied for second on the team in goals (3) and third in assists (2). Scored first goal of 2005 against East Carolina (9/11). Recorded first point of the season on an assist against Iowa (9/4).
18 - Allyson Kucera - Sophomore midfielder is tied for the team lead in goals (4). Scored two goals against Arkansas (8/28). Her eight career goals is tied for 10th in OU’s history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game and recorded first career assist against Oral Roberts (9/18).
20 - Katie Corbitt - Freshman midfielder is one of two Sooner freshman to start every game this season (Helen Ajufo). 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).
22 - Tally Ward - Freshman defender has not seen action this season due to a sore knee. If healthy, expected to see time on the OU defense this season.
25 - Michelle Enos - Senior forward tallied her second goal of the year against Western Michigan, also had an assist. Scored first goal of the season at Iowa (9/4).
29 - Katherine Hergenrether - Junior midfielder saw first action of the season against Tulsa (9/16).
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) and Tulsa (9/16). 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 one game this season.
88 - Hollee Fink - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.