Big 12 Soccer Notes: Week 5

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 26, 2002

Sept. 26, 2002

Friday's loss to SMU snapped an eight-game home winning streak for the Bears. Baylor's last defeat in Waco was a 2-0 loss to then-No. 17 Texas on Oct. 5, 2001. The team is 11-3 at home over the past season and a half. In eight games, the Bears have out shot their opponents by a combined total of 160-55. At 6-2, the Bears have tied the team's best start under head coach Nick Cowell. Baylor's 5-0 start tied the school record for consecutive wins to start a season, matching a mark set in 1996 and tied in 1998.

Colorado improves to 4-3 overall with a 4-1 win over Eastern Illinois and 3-2 victory over Maine to claim its own Colorado Soccer Classic title and end a three-game skid. The Buffs' four goals netted on Friday tied a school record and marked just the fifth time Colorado had gained that much offense in a game, first since the 1998 season and their three-goal advantage at the end of regulation was the most breathing room a CU team has had since a 3-0 blanking of Alabama-Birmingham in '99. With the win over Maine, Colorado has already bettered last year's win column with four on the season. The Buffs' seven goals, from six different players, over the weekend is the most in a single weekend in the program's history.

Iowa State
Iowa State finished 0-1-1 at the UMass Classic, falling to Massachusetts 1-0 and tying Fairfield 1-1. Iowa State out shot UMass and Fairfield by a combined count of 60-23 at the UMass Classic. This season ISU is averaging 18.0 shots per game to its opponents' 9.6. ISU has been out scored 9-8 in 2002. The Cyclones' 35 shots against Fairfield were the most by Iowa State since a school record 37-shot effort in a 9-1 victory over Kent State on Oct. 31, 1997. ISU also fired 37 attempts in an 8-0 win over Western Illinois on Oct. 10, 1997. The 35 shots against Fairfield ranks third in ISU history.

KU soccer defeated Evansville, 2-0, last Thursday and Oakland, 1-0, on Saturday to win the PreRehab Aces Soccer Classic, hosted by Evansville. For their efforts, four Jayhawks: Meghan Miller, Lauren Williams, Holly Ryder and Caroline Smith were named to the All-Tournament team. Miller was named Defensive MVP as she did not allow a goal in two games while notching 11 saves. KU's 6-1-1 record is the best start in the program's history. The Jayhawks are currently in the midst of a five-game winning streak, with all the wins coming on the road. KU has shutout its last three opponents. Freshman Caroline Smith has scored a point in KU's last four games. Sophomore Rachel Gilfillan's three goals this season put her in a tie for fouth place for most career goals at KU. Miller now has a .83 GAA this season and 1.23 career average. The Jayhawks are looking for their first win against Nebraska as they are 0-8 against the Cornhuskers.

The Tigers are 5-2-1, including a Missouri record four overtime games in a single season. The Tigers are consequently 2-2 in overtime, taking both of their season losses in sudden-death play. Mizzou scored three goals within a five minute span to shut down 2001 SEC Western Division Champion Mississippi State. Shea Swoboda, Missy Peabody and Karen Bauer each tallied a goal for Missouri. Goalkeeper Megan Duncan is 5-2-1 on the year playing 787 minutes. She has played four overtime games, allowed nine goals and made 50 saves for a 1.03 goals against average. She also owns two shutout victories. Freshman Jennifer Nobis scored her first collegiate goal against Mississippi. After leading the freshman class in shot attempts throughout the year, Nobis finally found the net scoring the game-tying goal on an assist by Missy Peabody.

The Nebraska soccer team wrapped up the week with a 2-0-1 record. Christine Latham scored the game-winning goal in a 4-0 victory over Drake Tuesday night. Sophomore Jenna Cooper added two assists in the game on Latham's goal as well as a score by Breanna Boyd. Lindsey Ingram contributed her first goal of the season against the Bulldogs and Drake put in a goal for the Huskers to wrap up the team scoring. The Huskers tied in-state foe Creighton, Friday night, 1-1. Freshman forward Nikki Baker scored her first collegiate goal to put Nebraska up 1-0 early in the second half. Outstanding play by Creighton's goalkeeper kept the Huskers from scoring the rest of the game, despite getting off 17 shots. In the Huskers' third game in six days, NU defeated Indiana State 2-0, scoring both goals in the first half. Cooper put in her first career goal for the Huskers to give them the win. Latham also scored her fourth goal of the season to put the Huskers up 2-0. Nebraska travels to Missouri and Kansas this weekend to open Big 12 Conference play.

Oklahoma failed to score against two of the top teams in the country and suffered consecutive shutouts at the Stanford Nike Invitational this weekend. No. 2 Stanford defeated OU, 4-0, on Friday night and defending national champion and No. 10-ranked Santa Clara blanked the Sooners by a 4-0 score on Sunday. "We learned that you can't get away with making mistakes at this level," said head coach Randy Evans. "It was great for us to experience the speed displayed by some of the top teams in the country. This will really help us now that we are set to begin Big 12 play. Again, we can take a lot of confidence away from our performance this weekend." Oklahoma returns to Norman to open conference play against Baylor at John Crain Field on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State
At 8-0, Oklahoma State has matched its win total from one year ago and enters the first week of conference play undefeated for the first time in program history. Last week the Cowgirls defeated Northeastern State and Drury at home, both by a 2-0 score. In the win over Drury on Sunday, two Cowgirls registered their first goal of the season. Sophomore Leah Carr scored the game winner and junior Joanne Edwards added an insurance goal nine minutes later. Senior goalkeeper Kat Doud picked up a shutout in both contests last week to up her career total to 12 and give her sole possession of the top spot in the record books.

With their two wins this past week, the Longhorns have opened the 2002 season with four straight wins at home - three of which have been shutouts. On the strength of back-to-back shutouts opposite Vanderbilt and Rice, the Texas defense has not allowed a goal since the 52nd minute of its match against No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 15 (a span of 218 minutes and two seconds). Of note, UT has allowed only six goals through seven matches - which is the second fewest scores allowed to date among Big 12 teams. The Longhorns' backfield has accounted for six points over the last six matches with two assists from Laura Kram and a pair of goals from Michelle Wickwire. Texas ranks second in the Big 12 in points scored (59) and first in assists (23), while having its three top point scorers (Kelly McDonald, Kati McBain & Kylee Wosnuk) rank among the top 10 league point leaders. Both UT goalkeepers posted shutouts over the past week as Darci Carruthers went the distance against Vanderbilt and Alex Gagarin turned the trick opposite Rice. Texas' 7-0 win over Rice saw seven different UT players tally goals and marked the Longhorns' largest goal output for a single game since a 9-0 victory over Oklahoma on Sept. 26, 1997, in Austin. Sophomore Kelly McDonald set individual-game career bests for points (5) and assists (3) during UT's 7-0 triumph over Rice.

Texas A&M
Of the six matches this season, A&M has played four nationally-ranked opponents and has a record of 1-3 against them. All three of the losses were outside the friendly confines of the Aggie Soccer Complex. In all but one match this season the Aggies have allowed one goal or fewer. The only exception was against No. 1 North Carolina when the Tar Heels scored four times. 35 of A&M's 56 points this season have come from a freshman or sophomore. That is not hard to believe when you realize that 16 of the 23 players on the roster are freshmen or sophomores. Senior midfielder Heather Ragsdale is on fire. Ragsdale missed the first four matches of the season due to injury but has been impressive in the four matches she has played in with two goals and three assists. The A&M defense has been outstanding the last three matches. Last weekend, the Aggie back line allowed just five shots in wins over Florida Atlantic and Idaho State. In the last three matches Texas A&M has out shot its opponents, 84-13. For the season, the A&M defense has allowed just 8.375 shots per game and only 4.5 shots on goal per contest.

Texas Tech
The six game losing streak ties the longest in school history. Texas Tech also lost six straight matches during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Red Raiders have scored nine goals this season and have only one player (Catie Arsenault) with more than one goal this season. The Red Raiders also have three players (Frilot, Campbell, Arsenault) tied for the team lead in points with four. For the third year in a row, the Red Raiders have only two wins before starting conference play. Texas Tech has been out shot 64 to 41 in the second half of games this season. TTU has played eight freshmen in matches this season.



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