NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team (5-1) looks to extend its winning streak to four games on Friday when the Sooners host Tulsa (2-2-2) at John Crain Field. OU leads the all-time series with Tulsa, 4-2, including three straight victories. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. and marks the start of the annual Oklahoma Shootout.
Oklahoma State is the host of this year’s event and the Cowgirls (5-0-2) will kick things off at 6 p.m. on Friday in Stillwater, Okla., against Oral Roberts (3-2).
The Sooners will conclude the weekend at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex against ORU on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Sooners first started participating in the Oklahoma Shootout back in 2000 and they hold a 6-2 overall mark in the event.
Friday’s opponent, Tulsa, is coming off a 4-0 victory over Texas Tech. The Golden Hurricane is undefeated in its last three games with a 3-0 win over Arkansas-Little Rock and a 2-2 tie to Wyoming. Tulsa started off the year with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Arkansas Lady’Backs, a team the Sooners defeated 3-0 in Norman on Aug. 28.
Senior forward Carrie Schnarre is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and is tops in assists (3) and points (9). She also led the Hurricane in goals (9) and points (22) last season. Freshman forward Jennifer Kacegris has also netted three goals this season to accompany her two assists.
Anchoring the Tulsa defense is sophomore Meredith Hart. Hart has seen all but 14 minutes in goal this season after starting three as a freshman. Hart is 2-2-2 in 2005 with a 1.43 goals-against average, 22 saves and one shutout.
Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at John Crain Field on the corner of Imhoff Road and Chautauqua Avenue. The first 250 fans will receive free OU soccer schedule magnets and pom-poms. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more at $3 a ticket. OU students receive free admission with a valid student ID. For more information, contact the OU ticket office at 800-456-GoOU.
The Sooners will battle another intrastate rival on Sunday when it heads north to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oral Roberts. OU leads the all-time series with the Golden Eagles, 6-2. The Sooners had won sixth straight in the series before ORU handed OU a 1-0 defeat in overtime last season.
ORU is on a two-game winning streak after defeating Wyoming, 1-0, on Sunday and Texas Tech, 2-1, on Friday. The Golden Eagles, just like Tulsa, also lost to a 2005 OU opponent this season, Arkansas (3-0).
Senior forward Jessica Kellogg, the 2004 Mid Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Year, again leads the ORU offense in 2005 with three goals and two assists.
Sophomore goalie Stef Gurley is 3-2 this year after recording her loan shutout on Sunday against Wyoming. Gurley has a 2.29 goals-against average and 25 saves. In 2004, Gurley set a single season ORU and Mid-Continent Conference record with nine shutouts en route to earning first team all-conference honors.
OU recorded two more victories over the weekend to improve to 5-1 this season. OU easily defeated Western Michigan at home on Friday by a 4-1 count. On Sunday, the Sooners extended their winning streak to three games with a 2-1 double overtime victory over East Carolina in Norman. Senior captain Lauren MacIver scored a goal in each game to extend the Sooners winning streak to three games (season high).
Senior captain Lauren MacIver continues to serve as one of the team’s best offensive threats. The Tulsa, Okla., native has scored in three consecutive games. When MacIver scored her first goal of the season against Iowa, it marked her first goal since Sept. 3, 2004 (vs. TCU). MacIver missed the final nine games of the 2004 season with a torn ACL. After six games in 2005, she is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and shots on goal (13) and leads all Sooners in points (7) and shots taken (27). The two goals over the weekend puts MacIver into a tie for sixth place on OU’s career goals-scored list with 13. She also ranks fourth in career assists (12), fifth in points (38) and third in game-winning goals (4) and shots taken (195).
SOONERS SET TO MAKE FIRST NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCE
For the first time in the program’s history, the Oklahoma soccer team will be seen live on national television as aired on CSTV (College Sports Television). OU will make the appearance when it travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. The game can also be seen in Nebraska on NET Sports. Nebraska is currently ranked in the top 25 of both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz polls. CSTV is available on Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Adelphia and Insight cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610) and DISH Network (Channel 152).
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With two wins this past weekend, OU assures its sixth consecutive winning record in non-conference play. 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 seventh season at OU, is 35-16-5 (.670) against non-conference opponents.
The Sooners extended their season-high winning streak to three games after last weekend’s victories over Western Michigan and East Carolina. The winning ways started in Iowa, where OU topped Iowa 2-0. During the streak, OU has outscored the opposition 8-2. In the program’s history, there have been eight occasions where a Sooner team has won three consecutive games. On only two occasions has that streak extended past three games; six games in 2002 and four games in 2000.
Five of the Sooners 14 assists this season have come out of the defensive backfield. Andrea Hurley leads the team with three helpers and Jenny Jones recorded her first two assists of the season in the 4-1 victory over Western Michigan. The two assists in 2005 for Jones matches her previous career total. Hurley’s three assists is good for a third-place tie in the Big 12.
For the second time in the program’s ten year history, the Sooners have started off a season 5-1. OU also started 5-1 in 2001, a season that saw the program record its best overall record (11-7-1). The 5-1 mark is only second, after six games, to the 2002 team that started off 6-0.
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing three of the first four games of the 2005 slate on the road, OU continues a stretch of home games that includes seven of eight games being played in Norman. That streak started with Western Michigan on Friday and the Sooners will play their third consecutive game at home this Friday against Tulsa in the Oklahoma Shootout. After the annual intrastate tournament, which sees the Sooners play ORU in Stillwater, OU plays its next four games at home (Texas State, Texas, Texas Tech and Colorado). Including this year’s perfect 3-0 mark at home, the Sooners are 40-25-7 (.701) lifetime in Norman.
OU has outshot the competition by a significant margin after six games (104-54). The only game that OU was not ahead of the opposition in the shot count, was the Sooners 2-0 loss to Wisconsin (9-4). In the Sooners last contest, against East Carolina, they recorded the fourth highest shot total (34) in program history. It was the most shots fired by an OU team since the 2001 team tallied 36 against Drury. The school record for shots in a game is 51, recorded against Louisiana State. OU also had 40 shots against Drury in 1997. On the other side of the field, the OU defense limited Arkansas to four shots on Aug. 28, the fewest by an OU opponent since Drury fired four against the Sooners on Sept. 6, 2002.
Sophomore midfielder Allyson Kucera continues to make things happen when she is on the field. She is tied for the team lead in goals (3) with Lauren MacIver. After 24 career games at OU, Kucera already has seven goals (11th in OU history). The Pearland, Texas, native scored two goals in the Sooners win over Arkansas, a single-game high. Kucera’s first goal against Arkansas marked the second game-winning goal in her collegiate career.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
This week’s central region polls have OU ranked No. 8 by the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 10 by Soccer Buzz magazine. The Sooners were No. 15 in last week’s central region poll as released by Soccer Buzz. and No. 8 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
ENOS SCORES AGAIN
In her previous three seasons at OU, Michelle Enos has scored in the first game of the season and finished each year with one goal. In 2005, Enos has already netted two goals to add onto her previous total of three career goals. The senior notched her fifth career goal against Western Michigan on Friday.
Two freshmen, Katie Corbitt and Helen Ajufo, have started every game for OU this season. In addition, Traci Dickenson has seen time in all but one contest. Corbitt scored her first career goal, a game winner, against Saint Louis in overtime in the season opener. Ajufo and Dickenson have both seen action on defense, primarily in the left back position.
ROAD SUCCESS CONTINUES
Dating back to last season the Sooners are 4-2 over the last six away games. The 2005 Sooners are 2-1 so far this season away from John Crain Field. In 2004, OU recorded the only winning record on the road with a 5-4 mark.
FIRST TIME OPPONENTS
OU faces a number of first time opponents on the 2005 slate, five all together. That trend continues on Sept. 30 when OU concludes the non-conference season with Texas State at home. In first-ever meetings, OU has defeated Iowa, Western Michigan and East Carolina this season and suffered the team’s only loss of the season to Wisconsin.
NICHOLS EARNS BIG 12 DEFENSIVE HONOR
OU sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week after shutting out Arkansas on Sunday and limiting Saint Louis to one goal Friday. The shutout marked the first in Nichols’ collegiate career as the sophomore made two saves in the contest. It is the first such honor for Nichols who has a 0.47 goals-against average with 12 saves on the season.
1 - Jennifer Nichols - Sophomore goalkeeper recorded her first shutout against Arkansas on Aug. 28 and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 28. The Tulsa, Okla., native is 5-1 with 24 saves and a 0.79 goals-against average. She has played every minute in goal this year.
2 - Jenny Jones - Senior defender recorded two assists in 4-1 win over Western Michigan (9/9). Jones helped the OU defense blank Iowa (9/4) and helped limit Arkansas to four shots on Aug. 28 to record the first shutout of the year. The Denton, Texas, native has started every game for OU this season.
4 - Kristin Vesely - Senior forward has seen action in all six games.
5 - Lauren MacIver - Senior captain has scored in three consecutive games. She is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and shots on goal (13) and leads all Sooners in points (7) and shots taken (27).
6 - Becky Nelson - Senior forward will miss the 2005 season, recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the 2004 Bedlam game.
7 - Andrea Hurley - Junior midfielder recorded her third assist against East Carolina (9/11). Assisted on both of OU’s goals in the overtime win over Saint Louis on Aug. 26. Leads the team in assists.
8 - Christy Kenkel - Senior captain will miss the 2005 season after suffering a torn ACL in this year’s fall practice.
9 - Savannah Scott - Junior forward scored her first goal of the year in 3-0 victory over Arkansas. Her 11 career goals ranks eighth all-time in OU history.
10 - Kady Kelly - Junior midfielder has started every game. Scored the game-winning goal in the Sooners’ exhibition win over Purdue.
11 - Shana All - Sophomore midfielder recorded an assist in 3-0 win over Arkansas (8/28). Started all four games this season. Her eight career assists is tied for sixth on OU’s all-time list.
12 - Lauren Harris - Sophomore midfielder scored second goal of the season in win over Western Michigan (9/9) and assisted on the game winning goal against East Carolina (9/11). Scored first career goal in OU’s 2-1 overtime victory against Saint Louis (8/26). The Tulsa, Okla., native has started every game for OU.
14 - Jayme Seetin - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game and has recorded two shots.
15 - Christie Smeal - Junior newcomer played in first game at OU against Arkansas (8/28). Also logged time against Western Michigan (9/9).
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Sophomore forward recorded an assist against Western Michigan (9/9) and first goal of 2005 against East Carolina (9/11). She scored first point of the season on an assist against Iowa on Sunday. She has logged five shots in two games.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Sophomore midfielder tallied third goal of the season against Western Michigan (9/9). She scored two goals against Arkansas (8/28). Tied for the team lead in goals (3). Her seven career goals ranks 11th in OU’s history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Sophomore midfielder has seen time in every game with one shot.
21 - Savannah Campbell - Freshman midfielder made first appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Also appeared against Western Michigan (9/9).
22 - Tally Ward - Freshman defender has not seen action this season due to a sore knee. Expected to see time on the OU defense this season. May see first action this weekend in Oklahoma Shootout.
25 - Michelle Enos - Senior forward tallied her second goal of the year against Western Michigan. Scored first goal of the season at Iowa (9/4).
29 - Katherine Hergenrether - Junior midfielder has not seen time this season.
32 - Ashley King - Sophomore who redshirted her first season and did not see time in 2004. Made first career appearance as a Sooner against Arkansas on Aug. 28. Twin sister Lauren also plays for OU.
33 - Lauren King - Sophomore has seen time in four games this season. Redshirted her freshman season. Twin sister Ashley also plays for OU.
37 - Lindsey Pulat - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Freshman defender has seen time in all but one game this season.
88 - Hollee Fink - Senior goalkeeper has not seen action this season.