OU senior midfielder Samantha Faulkner will script her own online journal at SoonerSports.com for the 2004 season. Faulkner will share her experiences with Sooner fans as she captains the OU soccer team that is currently 4-2-3 on the season.
After dropping its Big 12 opener, Oklahoma (4-2-3 overall, 0-1-0 Big 12) will look to rebound with two road contests this weekend. The action starts against Texas (5-4-0 Overall, 1-2 Big 12) on Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium at 7 p.m. The Sooners will face their third ranked opponent of the season when they battle No. 9/13 (NSCAA/Soccer Buzz) Texas A&M (7-3-0 overall, 3-0-0 Big 12) on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Aggie Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.
This is the fifth 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.
Journal No. 5 - Sept. 30, 2004
Friday’s game against Missouri (Game Recap) was a hard fought game. After Lauren (MacIver) went down with the injury, we were all fired up to win even more than before the game. It turned into a really physical contest, which helped keep the adrenaline flowing. Missouri’s winning shot was an unstoppable one. I don’t know if she could have hit that same shot twice. There wasn’t anything we could really do about it.
This week is a tough weekend because we play Texas and Texas A&M. They are both really good teams and good games for us. We are trying to figure out who can step in and help us to come out with a win. I think we are ready and optimistic about the games. We are ready to be the underdog because we like being in a position where people don’t expect much from us and we can surprise them with how good we are.
What adjustments do you feel are going to have to be made after the recent and unfortunate injury of Lauren MacIver?
John from Norman, Okla.
We need someone to fill her position and we have a lot of people on this team who can really help out. You can’t replace Lauren’s talent or her heart, but we definitly have tons of talented players to get the job done. It’s going to be a transition for our team to come together and not let it get us down. We are just going to have to prove people wrong if they think this is going to pull us down. We’re going to keep pounding away and finish the season strong.
Hey Sammy! It's weird you're a senior at OU now because I can remember watching you play your senior year at Booker T. What is the biggest difference between playing in high school and playing in college?
Nicki from Tulsa, Okla.
Hi Nicki! The biggest difference is the speed of the game. There is a lot of anticipation you have to do on the field. You have to know where the ball needs to go next before it even gets to your feet. In high school, you didn’t have to be fast to be successful, you could just be a good player and have good skills. In college you have to think faster on a different level.
Do you like Ben Faulkner as much as I respect him as my lawyer? Be sure to tell him this question.
Walter Brown from Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Yes, I like Ben Faulkner. In fact I love him. He’s a pretty tough lawyer and I respect him for what he does and he’s a great dad.
What other OU teams do you like to go out and support and why?
Chris from Dallas, Texas
I love going to the football games and seeing how the guys refuse to lose. Whether they lose players or lose a game, they can bounce back and still be as good as they ever were. They are so mentally tough and it’s very inspiring. They are my favorite team.
What does someone need to do to get more noticed by a college coach or by Coach Evans? What types of traits does he look for in a player?
Rachel from Tulsa, Okla.
To get noticed you can send in your information, your bio, a soccer resume if you want to call it that and let them know where you will be playing so they can come watch. As for Coach Evans, it depends on what kind of year it is and what he’s looking for to complete the team. He’s really into fitness. If you’re in shape, you can always work on and improve your skills. If you can’t be in shape for college soccer, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. Try to develop a really good work ethic and get yourself in the best shape possible. Being a versatile player is also important, everyone moves around a lot at different positions. Don’t be so close-minded to say “I am a ...” and fill in the blank with one position.
That's all for this week. I look forward to answering more of your questions next week when we return from the road. Thanks for your support!