Sept. 12, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team is unbeaten in 2007 at 3-0-1 and will take that record out west to California this weekend to battle Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton.
Soonersports.com sat down with OU head coach Randy Evans and senior captain Allyson Kucera at Wednesday's practice to discuss this weekend's opponents and recap last weekend at the Tribe Invitational.
In addition, coach Evans talks about senior goalkeeper Jenny Nichols and freshman forward Whitney Palmer, who were both honored this week by the Big 12 Conference for their performances over the weekend against William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth.
Nichols was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career and Palmer collected her first accolade after being tabbed the newcomer of the week. Click here to read more about the two Sooners' performances.
Oklahoma returns to action this weekend on Friday, Sept. 14 at Long Beach State. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. CT and marks the first meeting in the series between the Sooners and the 49ers.
On Sunday, OU will play another first time opponent, Cal State Fullerton, at 2 p.m. CT.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE (2-3)
The 49ers, ranked No. 23 last week, are looking to end their three-game losing streak this weekend at home. LBSU is 1-0 at home this season with a 1-0 overtime win over Utah. Since that victory, the 49ers have suffered losses to three top 25 teams in Wake Forest (No. 24), Clemson (No. 20) and most recently on Tuesday, Brigham Young (No. 24).
LBSU is outscoting its' opponents 7-4 in 2007 and is led by freshman forward Nikki Myers with three goals.
The 49ers return 16 letterwinners and nine starters from a squad that finished the 2006 season at 14-5-1 overall and won the Big West regular season title at 5-1-1. Long Beach was picked to win the conference again this season by the league's coaches.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON (1-2-1)
Cal State Fullerton is coming off a successful weekend that saw it defeat Washington, 3-1, and almost upset No. 1 Portland before falling 2-1. The Titans also split during their opening weekend, with a tie against Idaho State and a loss to UNLV.
Senior midfielder Stacey Thompson and junior defender Jenae Gibbens lead the Titan offense with two goals apiece. Cal State Fullerton has been outscored, 6-5, in its four games this season while splitting time between goalkeepers Shannon Simpson and Shayla Sabin.
After winning the Big West Tournament and making their second-straight NCAA appearance in 2006 - and third overall in the history of the program - the Titans were picked to finish fourth in the league. CSF returns 14 letterwinners and six starters from the 2006 team that finished 12-8-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big West.