Oct. 13, 1999

This Weekend

Baylor at Oklahoma

Friday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., CDT

Texas Tech at Oklahoma

Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m., CDT

Sooners Prepare for Huge Home Weekend
With five games left on its regular season schedule, the Oklahoma soccer team plays its next four at home, two this weekend. The Sooners host Baylor Friday at 6 p.m. and Texas Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Norman North High School.

U.S. World Cup Starter Cindy Parlow in Norman Sunday
Sunday's game versus Texas Tech could be the most heavily attended contest in OU soccer history as United States World Cup team member Cindy Parlow will be on hand. Parlow, one of the most successful U.S. soccer players in the history of the sport, will meet fans, sign autographs and participate in a question and answer session.

The forward was the youngest member of the gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics and appeared in the 1998 Goodwill Games. Parlow already ranks among the top 10 goal scorers in U.S. women's national team history.

"This will be great for the community," said OU Head Coach Randy Evans. "Norman already is a vibrant soccer community and this will do nothing but help enhance it. Cindy's presence alone should inspire kids to try harder."

About the Opponents
Baylor enters Friday's game with a 9-5 overall record and a 3-3 (tied for fourth place) Big 12 mark. The Bears have been ranked in the top-25 for much of the season, but have lost three of their last five games. Coached by first-year mentor Nick Cowell, Baylor is led in scoring by senior forward Courtney Saunders. Saunders has scored 10 goals and registered seven assists for a total of 27 points. Goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse has played all but 26 minutes this season and sports a 1.07 goals-against average.

Texas Tech is on a roll, winning four of its last five contests, including home games versus Texas (3-0) and Texas A&M (1-0) last weekend. The Red Raiders are 7-6-1 overall and, like Baylor, 3-3 in the Big 12. Sophomore forward Carrie Graham leads the team with 15 points (seven goals and one assist). Sophomore Brittney Peese has started in all 11 of her appearances and owns a 1.22 goals-against average.

OU's Goal Production Down
Though the Sooners have outshot numerous opponents on the season, the team has only two wins to show for it efforts. Oklahoma is averaging 0.8 shots per game, compared to last season's 1.8 per-game average. Four of OU's 11 goals this year have been scored by sophomore forward Jonette Coquat (she ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 3.92 shots per game) while another three have come off the foot of redshirt-freshman forward Heather Martinelli. Two other Sooner scores were own-goals by opponents, the most recent against Kansas last Sunday.

Sooners Remain Optimistic
Despite the team's 2-10-1 record, Head Coach Randy Evans said his squad continues to work extremely hard and, though the task will be difficult, is still trying to advance to the Big 12 Tournament.

"I have been extremely impressed with this team's resolve," said Evans. "Our intensity has not dropped off a bit. The girls are practicing and playing as hard now as at any point in the season. We don't get flustered and we don't give up.

"This weekend will be tough for us, but we feel confident. We feel good about the way we match up with Baylor. We think we can still make the postseason tournament by winning three of our last four conference games. All four are at home, so we've got a shot. We just have to keep playing hard and find ways to get the ball in the back of the net."