Game 10: Friday, Oct. 1 (7 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Texas
After dropping its Big 12 opener, Oklahoma (4-2-3 overall, 0-1-0 Big 12) will look to rebound with two road contests this weekend. The action starts against Texas (5-4-0 Overall, 1-2 Big 12) on Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium at 7 p.m.
In its last game, OU suffered a double overtime loss, 2-1, to Missouri at John Crain Field on Friday. OU sophomore Savannah Scott scored her third goal of the season on an unassisted flick over the goalkeeper’s reach from 40 yards out. Senior goalkeeper Catherine Wade made six saves for the Sooners and faced 22 shots against the Tigers. A season-high 711 fans were in attendance for the conference opener.
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Texas junior Kelly Wilson ranks second in the Big 12 with 20 points this season. Wilson has recorded a team-leading seven goals and six assists. Freshmen Caitlin Kennedy and Kelsey Carpenter rank second on the team with three goals each. Freshman goalkeeper Dana Hall has recorded the decision in each of the Longhorns’ contests this season. Hall has allowed 14 goals (1.57 goals-against average) while making 20 saves. Texas returns 18 letterwinners and 10 starters from the 2003 squad that finished second in the Big 12 regular season standings. The Longhorns finished the 2003 season with a 12-9-0 overall mark and a 7-3-0 league record.
In eight meetings, the series between Oklahoma and Texas is tied. OU has won three of the last five in the series, including last year’s game in Norman, 2-1. That win propelled OU into the top-25 rankings for the first time in school history. In six of the eight meetings, one of the teams has been held scoreless.
Game 11: Sunday, Oct. 3 (1 p.m.)
Oklahoma at No. 9/13 Texas A&M
The Sooners will face their third ranked opponent of the season when they battle No. 9/13 (NSCAA/Soccer Buzz) Texas A&M (7-3-0 overall, 3-0-0 Big 12) on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Aggie Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.
Aggie freshman Ashlee Pistorius’ seven goals ranks second in the Big 12. She leads her team in that category and in points (14). Senior Cristina Echavarry is second on the team in points (12) with five goals and two assists. Junior goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak has started every game in goal this season for the Aggies. Spisak has a 1.21 goals-against average with 11 goals allowed and 24 saves. In 2003, Texas A&M finished fifth in the Big 12 with a 5-3-2 mark. The Aggies return 19 letterwinners and 10 starters from the 2003 squad that finished 13-6-3 overall.
In nine all-time meetings, the Sooners have never defeated the Aggies. In the most recent meeting, then-No. 3 (NSCAA/adidas) Texas A&M defeated OU in Norman last season, 4-1. In four of the contests between the teams, the game has been decided by one goal. Two of those games took place during the Big 12 Tournament. In 2000, Texas A&M knocked OU out of the second round of the conference tournament by a 1-0 score. And in 2001, the Aggies defeated the Sooners by the same score in the first round of the tournament, but needed overtime to top the Sooners.
Junior 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.
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.
After playing in a school-record nine overtime games last season (3-1-5 record), OU is now 1-2-3 in extra-session games in 2004. Dating back to last season, an amazing 12 of OU’s last 19 games have gone to overtime. In its history, Oklahoma is 7-10-14 in extra time (.452 winning percentage). Under Evans, OU is 6-5-14 in overtime games (.520 winning percentage).
Sophomore Savannah Scott is having an impressive sophomore campaign for the Sooners. The Norman native leads the team in points (7) and is tied for the lead in goals with three tallies. Last season, Scott recorded four assists and four goals, ranking second and third, respectively, on the team.
OU VERSUS THE TOP 25
Oklahoma’s win over then-No. 9 Arizona State on Sept. 19 marked the highest ranked opponent OU has defeated since the 2000 season. On Oct. 15, 2000, in Lincoln, Neb., the Sooners defeated Nebraska, ranked No. 2 in the nation, 2-1. OU is 1-0-1 against the top 25 this year, with a tie against then-No. 21 SMU on Aug. 29. Three more currently ranked opponents remain on OU’s schedule.
The Sooners recently ended a five-game stint away from John Crain Field in which they went 3-1-1. OU is 3-1 on the road this season and 0-0-1 at neutral sites. OU returned home to play Missouri last Friday but will play its next four games in Texas (at Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech).
ALL EQUALS ASSISTS
Freshman Shana All leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with five assists. All but one of All’s five assists have come on perfectly placed corner kicks that found fellow Sooners in the box, three for net-finding headers by freshman Allyson Kucera and another by Michelle Enos. All also hooked up with freshman Tenesha Duncan for a goal on a cross against Tulsa. Lauren MacIver led OU in assists with five in 2003 and the all-time mark for assists in a season was set in 2002 by Krissy Dawson (8).
Senior goalkeeper Catherine Wade recorded her second shutout of the season when OU blanked Arizona State. Wade is third in the Big 12 with a 0.59 goals-against average and sixth in saves with 33. OU’s all-time leader in shutouts, she has blanked 17 opponents in her career.
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
OU remained in this week’s NSCAA/adidas Central Region poll at No. 9. The Sooners made their initial appearance in the top 10 of the Central Region poll last week at No. 7. OU came in at No. 11 in this week’s Soccer Buzz Central Region poll. The Sooners have been as high as No. 9 on two occasions this season in the Soccer Buzz Region poll.
With Big 12 play underway, OU concluded the 2004 non-conference portion of its schedule with a 4-1-3 mark. Including this season, the Sooners are 21-6-4 (.742) since 2000 against non-conference opponents.
FRESHMEN CATCHING ON QUICKLY
The 2004 freshman class gained more valuable experience over the weekend with its first home game in six contests. Defender Lauren Harris, defender Allyson Kucera and midfielder Shana All have combined for 26 starts this season while three other frosh have seen significant time. Forward Tenesha Duncan has appeared in every game for the Sooners while goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols and forward Colleen Keester have five games under their belts. As a whole, the freshman class has accounted for 35 percent of OU’s points this season (4 goals, 7 assists).
LAST TIME OUT
Game 9: Sept. 24 vs. Missouri
The Sooners suffered its second loss of the season in double overtime on Friday to Missouri, 2-1, in the Big 12 opener for both teams held at John Crain Field.
An even bigger loss may have come in the first half when junior captain Lauren MacIver was carried off the field after a stoppage of play was signaled early in the game. MacIver suffered a severe injury to her left knee and was taken to the hospital after the game for further examination.
The Sooners got on the board first on a flick from sophomore Savannah Scott in the 59th minute from 35-40 yards out. Scott’s third goal of the season was unassisted and came when the Norman native found herself one-versus-one with Missouri goalkeeper Laura Buehrig. Buehrig had pushed up outside of the penalty box and Scott was able to take advantage and clear the goalie’s reach to find the back of the net.
A Sooner defensive miscue in the 84th minute set up the Missouri corner kick that produced the game-tying goal. The Tigers’ Shea Swoboda headed in the equalizer off a double assist from Elyse Nikonchuk and Erica Pusch.
For the sixth time in nine games this season, OU found itself in an overtime contest. It was at the 105:44 mark that Missouri’s Erica Pusch gave the Tigers’ their second win of the season in overtime. The goal came on an unassisted blast from 35 yards out that snuck just under the crossbar and past senior captain Catherine Wade, who made six saves.A season-high of 711 fans were in attendance for the Big 12 opener on Friday.
GET TO KNOW THE 2004 SOONERS
During the 2004 season, SoonerSports.com will bring you a weekly segment giving fans a inside look at the players on the OU Soccer team. Each week, a different player will be spotlighted answering questions varying from most embarrassing moments to nicknames and superstitions. Click here to access the main page that currently features senior Samantha Faulkner and freshman Tenesha Duncan.
SAMANTHA FAULKNER 2004 JOURNAL
Senior stopper and team captain Samantha Faulkner takes Sooner fans behind the scenes with her online journal as OU plays its 2004 season.