NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (5-8-1, 2-4-1) will look to extend their winning streak this weekend with the final road trip of the regular season.
On Friday, Oct. 13, the Sooners will travel to Lubbock, Texas to battle Texas Tech (6-8-1, 1-4) at 7 p.m. at R.P. Fuller Stadium. On Sunday, OU will play Baylor (5-7-1, 2-3) at 1 p.m. in Waco, Texas at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
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SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
Oklahoma holds a 5-4 lead in the all-time series with Texas Tech. After dropping the first four meetings with the Red Raiders (1997-2000), the Sooners have won five straight in the series. OU won last year’s meeting, 2-0, in Norman and topped Texas Tech,2-1, during the last meeting in Lubbock (the Sooners’ only win at R.P. Fuller Stadium).
Since claiming its lone Big 12 victory of the season at Missouri (3-1) on Sept. 29, Texas Tech is 1-3-1. The Red Raiders are coming off a 3-0 shutout of Texas State on Tuesday. Last Sunday, despite holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, Texas Tech dropped a 2-1 decision at Nebraska. The Red Raiders also played South Dakota State last weekend and that game ended in a scoreless tie.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tina Rincon (5-7-1) has seen the majority of minutes in the Red Raiders’ goal this season. Rincon has three shutouts and owns a 1.30 GAA (goals-against average). Rincon has surrendered 17 goals in 14 games and has 58 saves. Offensively, freshman forwardBrittney Harrison is tied for second in the Big 12 with nine goals. In addition, her 17 points rank fourth in the conference.
Texas Tech returns three starters from last year’s team that finished 1-18 overall and 0-10 in Big 12 play (11th place).
SCOUTING THE BEARS
The Sooners are 4-3-2 lifetime against Baylor and have not surrendered a loss in the series in the last four meetings (3-0-1). OU won last year’s meeting, 1-0, in Norman and was also victorious the last time it played in Waco, 2-1. The Bears last defeated the Sooners during the 2001 season, a 3-1 victory in Waco.
Junior goalkeeper Ashley Holder (5-7-1), who ranks second in the Big 12 with 72 saves, has allowed 19 goals this season (1.44 GAA). She is tied for second with four shutouts in the conference, with OU’s Jennifer Nichols, and has started every game in goal.
On the offensive side of the field, senior forward Anna Schuch leads the Bears in goals (5), assists (3), points (13) and shots (30).
In 2005, Baylor finished 4-12-2 overall and 2-7-1 in the Big 12. The Bears return six starters from that squad that finished ninth in the conference standings.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners won back-to-back games for the first time this season with a pair of wins at home over the weekend. On Friday, OU hung on to defeat visiting Missouri, 3-2, in front of 490 fans at John Crain Field. Sunday’s contest proved to be easier, as OU cruised to a 4-0 victory over Iowa State. The win marked the second in the all-time series with Iowa State. OU last defeated the Cyclones during the 1999 season.
Next weekend, Oklahoma will conclude the Big 12 season at home, but not before facing Northern Iowa (0-13) on Friday night at John Crain Field. On Sunday, the Sooners will square off with Nebraska (8-3-3, 3-2-1) at 1 p.m. in Norman.
THREE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK
Since suffering three consecutive losses, OU has rebounded to post a 2-0-1 mark. The Sooners’ current success can be attributed to the offense which has scored 10 of the team’s 21 goals this season in the last three contests. Nine different Sooners have recorded points in that span (six goal scorers) and as a team, OU is averaging 14.33 shots and 5.67 corner kicks per game during the unbeaten streak (5.09 shots and 4.18 corner kicks in the first 11 games of the season). Below is a look at the Sooners’ offense in the last three games compared to the first 11 games of the year.
In its last outing, OU posted a season-high four goals against Iowa State. The game marked the first four-goal game for the Sooners since Sept. 18, 2005 (W, 4-1 vs. Oral Roberts). Additionally, Sunday’s offensive surge marked the 30th time in the Randy Evans’ era that the Sooners scored three or more goals in a game. In those contests, OU is undefeated at 29-0-1 with the only blemish coming in a 3-3 tie against Texas earlier this year.
MOVING UP THE STANDINGS
After going 2-0-1 over the last three games, the Sooners have jumped from 10th place in the Big 12 standings to fifth place this week. OU still has three conference games remaining with Baylor and Texas Tech this weekend and Nebraska at home the following week. Listed below is complete look at this week’s standings and schedule.
Fri., Oct. 13
Sam Houston State at Texas - 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Baylor - 7:00 p.m.
Kansas at Iowa State - 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma at Texas Tech - 7:00 p.m.
Colorado at Missouri - 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Texas A&M - 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 15
Texas at Nebraska - 1:00 p.m.
Kansas at Missouri - 1:00 p.m.
Colorado at Iowa State - 1:00 p.m.
Oklahoma at Baylor - 1:00 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech - 1:00 p.m.
HABIBI EARNS BIG 12 NEWCOMER AWARD
Junior midfielder/forward Audrey Habibi became the second player in OU history to receive the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week award on Tuesday, Oct. 10 (Lauren MacIver Oct. 1, 2002). She is the second Sooner to receive a Big 12 weekly honor this year (Jennifer Nichols - Defense - Sept. 12). Over the weekend, Habibi, who played two years at Central Oklahoma, made her first and second career starts and was one of three Sooners to record five points in the two games. On Friday against Missouri, Habibi scored her second career goal and recorded her first career assist on the Sooners’ game-winning goal. Two days later, Habibi followed the performance with two assists against Iowa State on Sunday. The two-assist game against the Cyclones tied a school record as she became the second player to accomplish the feat this season (Kady Kelly) and 11th in OU history.
NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES
For the second time in the program’s 11-year history, the Oklahoma soccer team was seen live on national television, as aired by ESPNU on Sunday, Oct. 1. The Sooners tied then-No. 10 Texas to improve to 0-1-1 when appearing on television. 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. The Oct. 6 win over Missouri was the first of the season for the Sooners on a Friday. Below is a look at that comparison:
HOME SWEET HOME
Oklahoma, who typically is tough to beat at home, is 5-4 this season but still has three games remaining in 2006 set to be played at John Crain Field. Last year, OU enjoyed its best record at home with a 9-1 mark. OU is 51-30-7 lifetime at home, including a 28-11-4 mark over the last five seasons.
LEADING THE WAY
Oklahoma is 3-0 this season when leading the opposition in shots, holding a 69-30 advantage in the three games against Stephen F. Austin, Oral Roberts and Iowa State. The Sooners are 2-6-1 when the opposition holds the edge in shots, with wins over Michigan State and Missouri and a tie occurring at Texas. In the eight losses this season, OU has been outshot 143-63.
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 seven of the 13 games (4-2-1 record when leading).
The Sooners have faced six teams so far this season that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament. OU is 2-3-1 in those games with a win over Iowa State, Michigan State and losses to Colorado, Purdue and Texas A&M (tied Texas). Nebraska is the lone 2005 NCAA participant remaining on this year’s schedule.
Against Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts, the Sooners 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
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.
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
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.
0 - Tara Macdonald - Goalkeeper from James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas ... Team won district from 2003-05.
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Tied for second in the Big 12 with four shutouts and ranks third with 68 saves ... Recorded shutouts this season against Michigan State, Stephen F. Austin, Oral Roberts and Iowa State ... Moved into a tie for second place on OU's all-time shutouts list, after blanking ISU, with 11 (Jana Cunningham) ... Ranks third all-time with 204 career saves ... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12.
2 - Ashley Farrand - Recorded first points as a Sooner with an assist against Iowa State on Oct. 8 ... Started nine games and has played in 13 games this season ... Has seven shots on the year, with season-high two against Michigan State, Missouri and Iowa State ... Saw first action as a Sooner on Aug. 28 against Hawai’i.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Has played in every game since her arrival on campus last year and has started all 34 games ... In 2005, she was the only freshman to play in every game throughout the season.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Started all 14 games this season on defense ... Named to all-tournament team in Hawai’i ... Senior captain.
9 - Savannah Scott - Tallied five points over the weekend (two goals, assist) against Missouri and Iowa State ... Second on the team with four goals, nine points and 27 shots in 14 games played (12 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 ... Ranks third in OU history in career goals (21) and fourth in points with 50.
10 - Kady Kelly - Tallied five points over the weekend with a goal against Missouri and a goal and an assist against Iowa State ... Recorded goals in each of the last three games (seventh player in school history to do so) and assists in three of the last four games ... Leads the team with six goals, five assists, 17 points and 32 shots ... Ranks in the Big 12’s top ten in goals (6th), assists (T-4th) and points (5th) ... Became the tenth Sooner to record two assists in one game against Oral Roberts, tying a school record ... Has started a team-best 50 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 ... Named to all-tournament team in Hawai’i.
11 - Shana All - Nine starts this season and has seen action in all 14 games ... Scored her second goal of the season (game winner) against Missouri ... 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 - Recorded assists in each of the last two games ... Tied for second on the team with three assists ... Has 10 shots in 14 starts this season ... Scored first goal of the season on a free kick against Colorado ... Recorded first assist of the season (sixth of career) against Stephen F. Austin.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Junior started first career game against Washington this season ... Has three starts this season and has seen time in all 14 games.
15 - Christie Smeal - Played in seven games this season ... Scored first career goal against Oral Roberts ... Made OU debut in 2005 season opener against Arkansas.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Scored first goal of the season against Iowa State, seventh of her career ... Recorded second assist of the season and sixth of her career against Missouri ... Tied for third on the team with 21 shots ... Has eight starts this season and has played in all 14 games ... Recorded first assist of the season against Stephen F. Austin.
17 - Kate Marr - Made first career start against Oral Roberts ... Has played in 12 games this season ... Made OU debut against Washington on Aug 26.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Started every game this season and is tied for thid on OU with 21 shots ... Scored first goal of the season against Oklahoma State ... 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 and started last two games against Missouri (first of career) and Iowa State.
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.
24 - Katie Corbitt - Started 11 games this season (played in 13 games) after coming off the bench in the first two games of the season.
25 - Rebecca Nelson - Recorded first career assist and points against Missouri ... Played in seven of the last eight 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 - Tallied five points over the weekend ... Scored a goal and recorded first career assists against Missouri ... Became the 11th Sooner to record two assists in one game against Iowa State, tying a school record ... Scored first career goal against Texas on Oct. 1 ... Played in eight 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 ... Played in five games this season.
31 - Evelyn Larson - 6-0 goalkeeper from El Paso, Texas ... Played at Franklin High School.
32 - Ashley King - Made season debut against Texas A&M on Sept. 29 ... Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28,2005.
33 - Lauren King - Played in five games this season ... Made first appearance of 2006 against Michigan State .
44 - Traci Dickenson - Started first two games of the season on defense and has seen time in eight games ... Started one game last season.