NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma junior soccer player Lauren MacIver, one of the Sooners’ three captains, will miss the remainder of the current campaign due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Oklahoma soccer head coach Randy Evans made the official announcement today.
MacIver sustained the injury in Friday’s Big 12 opener against Missouri at John Crain Field. The Tulsa, Okla., native went down in the first half and was evaluated by a team orthopedic physician. An MRI earlier this week revealed the extent of the injury. A surgery date is yet to be scheduled.
"In football terms, we have lost our starting quarterback and now we have some adjustments to make,” said Evans. “We have 90 minutes of playing time a game to spread out to as many players that want to step up and make the most of this opportunity."
MacIver entered the Missouri game as the Big 12 conference’s leader in shots taken (38) and ranked second on the team in points (5), goals (2) and assists (1). In 2003, she was selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team and Academic All-Big 12 First Team. In her freshman season, MacIver was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer First Team.
MacIver will miss the remainder of the season, she will not be eligible for a medical hardship as the maximum amount of games played (four) was surpassed. She will return in 2005 for her senior season.
OU fell to 4-2-3 (0-1-0, Big 12) after Friday’s game and now prepares for two road contests this weekend against Texas (Oct. 1) and Texas A&M (Oct. 3).