Sept. 26, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team will hit the road for the third time in the last five weekends this Friday to open Big 12 play at Nebraska Sept. 28. The game is slated for 4:30 p.m. at Nebraska Soccer Field.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Sooners will battle Iowa State at 1 p.m. at the ISU Soccer Complex.
SoonerSports.com visited practice on Tuesday to discuss this weekend's opponents with OU head coach Randy Evans.
Live stats will be available for both games this weekend on the opponent's respective web sites.
Nebraska (3-2-3) opens Big 12 play this weekend against the Sooners after tying then-No. 12 Florida, 1-1, and topping Saint Louis, 5-1, last weekend in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers are 3-0-2 at home this season.
Nebraska is outscoring its opponents, 12-8, and is 1-2-1 in the last four contests after starting the year at 2-0-2. Four different Cornhuskers lead the team with four goals apiece, led by juniors Sara Raber and Selenia Iacchelli, who are tied for first with five points each.
The Huskers return nine letterwinners and three starters from a 2006 squad that finished 10-7-3 overall and sixth in the Big 12 with a 4-5-0 mark. Nebraska was picked to finish sixth in 2007 by the league's coaches in the preseason poll ahead of Oklahoma.
Nebraska leads the all-time series, 9-2, and won last year's meeting in Norman, 1-0. Six of the last seven meetings have been decided by one goal, including the Sooners' two wins in the series, Oct. 24, 2004 in Norman (OU 1, NU 0) and Oct. 15, 2000 in Lincoln (OU 2, NU 1).
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
Iowa State (4-1-2) will begin Big 12 play this Friday at home against No. 16 Oklahoma State. The Cyclones defeated Nevada, 2-1, and tied UNLV, 0-0, last weekend in the Rebel Classic. The Cyclones are 2-0 at home this season.
ISU is outscoring its opponents, 10-5, and is led by junior forward Leslie Hil (six points). Sophomore goalie Ann Gleason, who is tied for the Big 12 lead with three shutouts, has held ISU's opposition to three goals in the last five games.
The Cyclones return 10 letterwinners and one starter from last year's team that finished 11th in the Big 12 with a 6-14 overall record and a 2-8 mark in conference play. In the preseason, ISU was picked to finish 11th in the Big 12.
Iowa State lost last year's meeting in Norman, 4-0, but lead the all-time series, 7-2-2. The Sooners have never defeated the Cyclones at home, but posted a 2-2 tie on Oct. 3, 2003.