NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (3-5, 0-1 Big 12), coming off a six-game home stand, will travel to Boulder, Colo., for the first Big 12 road game of the season. Friday’s game against No. 11 Colorado (5-1-1, 0-0) at Prentup Field is scheduled for a 5 p.m. central start time. On Sunday, the Sooners return to Norman to host Kansas (5-2, 0-0) at 1 p.m.
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Gates will open one hour before Sunday’s game at John Crain Field on the corner of Imhoff Road and Chautauqua Avenue. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children (K-12). OU students receive free admission with a valid student ID. For more information, including information on group rates, contact the OU ticket office at 800-456-GoOU.
The first 250 fans on Sunday will receive free foam OUs. Sunday is also a “Kid’s Corner” day, featuring sign making, face painting and an inflatable playground.
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Sunday’s games can be seen live on the O-Zone, SoonerSports.com’s premium web site and live stats can also be tracked by clicking the following links (there are no live stats or video for Friday's game at Colorado):
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
Oklahoma and Colorado will be meeting for the tenth time in the series on Friday. The Buffaloes hold a slight advantage with a 5-4-1 mark against the Sooners (3-1 at home). The two met twice last season with OU winning the regular season meeting in Norman, 2-1, and Colorado taking the first round matchup, 2-0, in the Big 12 Championship.
The Buffaloes (5-1-1) have won their last two games (1-0 vs. Denver and 2-1 vs. then-No. 14 Utah) after dropping its only game of the season on Sept. 8 at then-No. 21 BYU. CU is ranked in all four polls and comes in as high as No. 11 this week in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
Freshman goalkeeper Kara Linder (4-1-1) has seen most of the minutes this season in the Colorado goal. Linder has two shutouts and a 0.85 goals-against average. In seven games, she has allowed five goals and made 23 saves.
Another freshman, Nikki Marshall, leads the Buffaloes on the other side of the ball. Marshall is tied for the Big 12 lead with seven goals and her 15 points is tied for second best in the conference.
Colorado finished the 2005 season with a 12-8-4 overall record and a 6-3-1 mark in Big 12 play. The Buffaloes return five starters from last year’s team that lost in the final game of the Big 12 Championship to Texas A&M, 2-1, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling 3-0 to UCLA.
SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS
The Sooners will look to snap a four-game losing streak against Kansas on Sunday in Norman. The Jayhawks have outscored the Sooners 10-1 in the last four meetings and own a 7-3 advantage in the series (1-2 mark in Norman).
Kansas, who plays on Friday against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, enters the weekend with a 5-2 overall mark and is receiving votes in the Soccer Times poll. The Jayhawks were ranked as high as No. 18 last week before falling to Pepperdine last Friday. On Sunday, KU rebounded to defeat Central Florida, 2-0.
Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley, who shut out OU last year in Norman, is 5-2 this season with a 1.42 GAA. Hanley has two shutouts in 2006, but has allowed 10 goals in seven games. Offensively, senior Holly Gault and freshman Monica Dolinsky lead the way with four goals apiece. Gault also leads KU with three assists.
In 2005, Kansas finished 11-7-2 (6-3-1 Big 12) and lost to Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 Championship. Eight starters and 15 letterwinners return this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners managed a weekend split at home last weekend with two in-state rivals. On Friday, OU held a 1-0 halftime lead over Oklahoma State but was unable to hold on as it fell 2-1 in the annual Bedlam game. On Sunday, the Sooners rebounded to score three second half goals against Oral Roberts and cruise to a 3-0 victory. OU recorded season highs in shots (32) and corner kicks (10) to improve to 8-2 all-time against the Golden Eagles.
The Sooners will face arguably the toughest weekend of the season when it travels south across the border to play at Texas A&M on Friday, Sept. 29 and at Texas on Sunday, Oct. 3. The Longhorns are ranked as high as No. 11 in this week’s Soccer America poll and the Aggies are as high as No. 12 in the Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times polls.
ESPNU TO AIR OU-TEXAS GAME
For the second time in the program’s 11-year history, the Oklahoma soccer team will be seen live on national television as aired by ESPNU. OU (2-4 overall, 0-0 Big 12) will make the appearance when it travels to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 14 Longhorns (4-2 overall, 0-0 Big 12) on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. ESPNU is available on DirecTV (ch. 609) and the Dish Network (ch. 148). For more information on ESPNU and its availability, contact your local cable or satellite provider.
The Red River Rivalry is tied at five games apiece, with OU winning two out of the last three meetings, including last year's 2-0 victory in Norman.
The Sooners made their national television debut last year in Lincoln, Neb. College Sports Television (CSTV) aired the Oct. 21 contest that saw Nebraska edge Oklahoma 2-1.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
Besides the trip to Hawai’i that saw OU play on Saturday and Monday, the squad has played each game since on either Friday or Sunday. The Sooners have fared significantly better during the Sunday games compared to the Friday night contests. Below is a look at that comparison:
In the last two Sunday contests against Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts, the Sooners have combined to record 55 shots. Included in that stat is the 32 shots fired against the Golden Eagles on Sept. 17. That mark is the fourth highest total in school history behind the following totals:
52 vs. LSU (2-2) on Oct. 3, 1999
40 vs. Drury (8-1) on Sept. 1, 1997
36 vs. Southeast Louisiana (5-0) on Sept. 22, 2001
SHUTTING OUT THE OPPOSITION
After allowing five goals in the first three games, the Oklahoma defense has rebounded to post three shutouts and limit the opposition to three goals in the last five contests. The Sooners’ goals-against average during the first three games was 1.67 and during the last five contests, it was lowered by more than a point at 0.60.
LEADING THE WAY
Oklahoma is 2-0 this season when leading the opposition in shots, holding a 55-19 advantage in the two games against Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts. The Sooners are 1-5 when the opposition holds the edge in shots, with the only win coming over Michigan State, despite trailing 19-17 in that statistical category. In the five losses this season, OU has been outshot 72-40.
Despite the trouble in leading the shot count, OU has had success with holding the advantage in corner kicks in 2006, topping the opponent in five of the eight games (3-2 record when leading). In fact, only Washington and Oklahoma State have held an edge in corner kicks over the Sooners this year (Michigan and OU finished tied at eight apiece).
Kady Kelly’s goal scored with 26 seconds off the clock in the first half on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin was the second fastest goal scored in OU history and just the third scored in the first minute of a game by a Sooner. Below is a look at the top ten fastest goals in OU history:
00:21 Sept. 6, 2002 - Shannon Wing at Drury
00:26 Sept. 10, 2006 - Kady Kelly vs. Stephen F. Austin
00:54 Aug. 29, 2004 - Allyson Kucera vs. SMU
2:24 Sept. 3, 2000 - Jonette Coquat vs. Colorado College
2:52 Aug. 27, 2000 - Jonette Coquat vs. Oral Roberts
2:55 Sept. 4, 2001 - Logan Womack vs. Oral Roberts
3:05 Oct. 4, 2002 - Krissy Dawson vs. TCU
4:38 Sept. 30, 2001 - Logan Womack at Missouri
4:45 Sept. 9, 1998 - Megan Olsen at Stephen F. Austin
5:02 Oct. 1, 1999 - Heather Martinelli vs. Colorado 5:02
HOME SWEET HOME
Despite concluding a six-game home stand last weekend, the Sooners, who have had enjoyed success when playing in Norman, finished with a 3-3 mark. Of the 11 games remaining this season (including this weekend) the Sooners have six games left to be played at John Crain Field. Last year, OU enjoyed its best record at home with a 9-1 mark. OU is 49-29-7 lifetime at home, including a 34-12-5 mark over the last five seasons.
The Sooners have faced two teams so far this season that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament. OU lost 1-0 to Purdue and defeated Michigan State 1-0. OU still has to play five other teams that participated in the 2005 NCAA postseason (Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas, Iowa State and Nebraska). Four of the Sooners’ next five games will be against teams in this week’s top 25 polls (Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas and Missouri. In addition, Kansas and Nebraska are receiving votes in one of the four major polls this week. For a complete listing of the top 25 polls, refer to page 5.
The Sooners have struggled with first-time opponents this season. OU has already faced five teams in 2006 for the first time during regular or postseason play (Washington, Hawai’i, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue) and recorded a 1-4 record against them. The Sooners will have a chance to improve upon that mark with first-time opponents Northern Iowa and Missouri State remaining on the schedule.
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
The Sooners are 3-4 this year against teams outside of the Big 12 and still have Northern Iowa and Missouri State remaining. In 2005, OU posted its best non-conference record (8-1, .889 winning percentage) in program history. 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 eighth season at OU, is 41-20-5 (.660) against non-conference opponents.
NICHOLS EARNS BIG 12 DEFENSIVE HONOR
Junior goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols was named the Big 12 Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for games played from Sept. 7-10. Nichols recorded three saves on Sunday versus Stephen F. Austin en route to her second shutout of the season. The performance also marked the ninth career shutout in the Tulsa, Okla., native’s career, a mark that ranks third all-time at Oklahoma (two shy of second place).
OU SOCCER COMPLEX RENOVATIONS
The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department has completed Phase II of the OU Soccer Complex, a $4.5 million renovation. The addition of a state-of-the-art press box and grandstand is joined by a multi-use building located between the soccer complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center at the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Imhoff Road.
Phase II construction began in November of 2005 and the new facility is comprised of spaces for student-athletes, coaches and fans of both soccer and tennis.
The OU soccer and tennis clubhouse features a training room, locker rooms, video and conference rooms, team facilities, and equipment, laundry and other support services.
The press box is equipped with camera decks and a media level complete with the latest technologies. The attractive conference room/meeting area serves as a versatile location for team meetings and activities, and will be used to host special guests, parents, donors and media.
In addition to increasing the seating capacity to 3,500, the complex also includes concessions, rest rooms and a ticket booth to give fans a complete family atmosphere for watching Division I soccer.
MACIVER JOINS COACHING STAFF
Lauren MacIver joined the OU coaching staff in August for the 2006 season as a student assistant. MacIver (2002-2005) finished her playing career as the program’s all-time assists leader with 18. A senior captain last season, she led all Sooners in 2005 with eight goals and eight assists (single season record) en route to being named to the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-District Second Teams. MacIver’s senior year also produced First Team All-Big 12 honors, marking the second time in school history that a Sooner held that distinction in soccer.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
The Sooners opened the 2006 preseason as one of four teams receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz Central Region Poll. After one week, OU was still receiving votes, but the Sooners have fallen out of the last three polls released. The Sooners also do not appear in the NSCAA/adidas Central Region poll. Texas A&M sits atop the Soccer Buzz Central Region Poll and Colorado is the top Big 12 team (No. 2) in the NSCAA/adidas Central Region poll. For complete rankings from all four of the national polls, please refer to page 5 af the attached PDF.
0 - Tara Macdonald - Goalkeeper from James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas ... Team won district from 2003-05.
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Tied for first in the Big 12 with three shutouts and ranks second with 41 saves ... Recorded shutouts this season against Michigan State, Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts ... One shutout shy of tying second place on OU's all-time list, trailing Jana Cunnigham with 11... Ranks third all-time with 175 career saves.
2 - Ashley Farrand -Started last four games and has played in seven games this season ... Has two shots on the year, both against Michigan State ... Saw first action as a Sooner on Aug. 28 against Hawai’i.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Has started all 28 games she has played in at OU ... In 2005, she was the only freshman to play in every game throughout the season.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Started all eight games this season on defense ... Named to all-tournament team in Hawai’i ... Senior captain.
9 - Savannah Scott - Leads team with 18 shots in eight games played (seven starts) this season ... Came off the bench to tally second goal of the year against Oral Roberts ... Scored first goal of the season against Stephen F. Austin ... After ORU game, moved into sole possession of third place all-time at OU with 19 career goals and is tied for fourth with 45 points.
10 - Kady Kelly - Leads the team with three goals and eight points ... Became the tenth Sooner to record two assists in one game against Oral Roberts, tying a school record ... Has started a team-high 44 consecutive games at OU (dates back to Sept. 3, 2004) ... Recorded first multi-goal game of her career against Stephen F. Austin with two tallies ... Entered 2006 season with three career goals ... Named to all-tournament team in Hawai’i ... Including regular and preseason games in 2006, she has five goals and four assists.
11 - Shana All - Four starts this season and has seen action in all eight games ... Fired a season-high four shots against Oral Roberts ... Scored game-winning goal (second of career) against Michigan State ... Tied her for fifth most in OU history with nine career assists.
12 - Lauren Harris - Has six shots in eight starts this season ... Recorded first assist of the season (sixth of career) against Stephen F. Austin.
13 - Daphne Fitzpatrick - Only freshman to start all eight games this season ... Recorded first career point as a Sooner with an assist against Stephen F. Austin ... Tied a season high with five shots against Oral Roberts (5 vs. SFA) ... Named to the all-tournament team in Hawai’i.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Junior started first career game against Washington this season ... Has three starts this season and has seen time in all eight games ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
15 - Christie Smeal - Played in four games this season ... Scored first career goal against Oral Roberts ... Made OU debut in 2005 season opener against Arkansas.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Tied for third on the team with 15 shots ... Has six starts this season and has played in all eight games ... Recorded first assist of the season and fifth of her career against Stephen F. Austin ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
17 - Kate Marr - Made first career start against Oral Roberts ... Has played in six games this season ... Made Sooner debut against Washington on Aug 26.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Scored first goal of the season against Oklahoma State ... Has 15 shots (six in last two games) in eight starts this season ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Moved into sole possession of eighth place all-time in OU history with 10 career goals.
19 - Colleen Keester - Scored first goal of the season (second of career) against Oral Roberts ... Has played in every game this season ... Member of the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
20 - Charla Baker - Tallied 19 goals and 15 assists at Nolan Catholic H.S. in Colleyville, Texas.
21 - Kasey Hahn - Scored 25 goals and 16 assists at Norman H.S. Older sister, Lindsey, also played at OU.
23 - Savannah Campbell -Saw first and only action of 2006 against Michigan State ... Made first appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28, 2005.
24 - Katie Corbitt - Started five games after coming off the bench in the first two games of the season.
25 - Rebecca Nelson - Played in the last three games ... Made Sooner debut against Stephen F. Austin.
26 - Ashlee Coleman - Tallied six goals and eight assists last year at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M.
27 - Audri Habibi - Played in three games this season ... Junior college transfer that made Sooner debut against Stephen F. Austin ... Fired a season-high three shots against Oral Roberts.
28 - Kate Leyendecker - Freshman made Sooner debut against Hawai’i ... Also saw time against Michigan State Stephen F. Austin.
31 - Evelyn Larson - 6-0 goalkeeper from El Paso, Texas ... Played Franklin High School.
32 - Ashley King - Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28,2005.
33 - Lauren King - Played in three games this season ... Made first appearance of 2006 against Michigan State ... Scored first career goal against Oral Roberts (9/18/05).
44 - Traci Dickenson - Started first two games of the season on defense and has seen time in six games ... Started one game last season as a freshman.