Sooners Finish Successful Spring

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 26, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- OU traveled south of the Red River to play North Texas and SMU to wrap up the spring season. The Sooners defeated North Texas, 3-2, and tied SMU, 0-0, to finish the spring with an undefeated record of 6-0-3, including a record of 2-0-2 against teams that went to the NCAA tournament in 2004.

The first game of the day was at 10 a.m. on Saturday versus North Texas.  The opening few minutes saw both teams move the ball up the field and creating chances.  Around the ten minute mark, the Sooners with the help of a strong wind starting taking over the game.  Allyson Kucera hit a rocket from 22 yards out that found the side netting to put the Sooners up 1-0. 

Minutes later, Savannah Scott scored from close range on an assist from Tenesha Duncan.  OU continued the pressure and got a third goal from Kady Kelly on a shot from the right side over the head of the keeper and OU headed into halftime with a 3-0 lead. 

“At halftime I was thrilled with what we were doing offensively and the opportunities we were creating," said head coach Randy Evans. "But the defensive side of the ball was a bit shaky and I thought we were fortunate to hold the shutout at halftime.”

In the second session, North Texas had the wind at their backs to try and catch up.  The opposition rallied by scoring two goals to narrow the lead to one goal.  With ten minutes to go, an OU player is red carded and it forced the Sooners to play a man down but still held on to win 3-2.

“The defense that has been so good the last couple of weeks but we had an off day,"  said Evans.  "The good thing for us was the offense was able to elevate to make up for it.  It had been the other way around for a lot of this spring.”

For the second game, OU traveled to SMU for a 3:00 p.m. start and despite the fact that neither team scored in the contest, it was highly competitive with solid defense by both teams. 

“This was an exciting and entertaining game," commented Evans.  "It was very similar to the last time we played them in the fall.  You could see both teams try to move the ball to create chances and you could see a competitive edge to the game.  It was fun to watch.  The game ended 0-0 but it could have been 4-4.  Jenny Nichols was spectacular in goal for us, probably her best performance I’ve seen.

"This has been a great spring for us.  We have learned a lot about this team both on and off the field.  The most exciting thing to learn is that we have the chance to be really good in the fall.”

The following is a look at the statistics and results from the Sooners' spring schedule:

Name Goals     Assists     Points
Allyson Kucera   6 1 13
Kady Kelly 4 2 10
Savannah Scott 4 2 10
Lauren Harris 2 2 6
Shana All 1 1 3
Tenesha Duncan     1 1 3
Michelle Enos 1 0 2
Jenny Jones 0 2 2

OU's 2005 Spring Results

Date Time/Result Opponent Location
Feb. 26 W, 2-0 Rice Austin, Texas
Feb. 26 Canc. Region 3 ODP Austin, Texas
April 2 T, 1-1 New Mexico

College Station, Texas

April 2 T, 3-3 Texas A&M

College Station, Texas

April 9 W, 2-0 TCU Allen, Texas
April 9 W, 1-0 Air Force Allen, Texas
April 16 W, 3-0 Longhorns '88 Norman, Okla.
April 16 W, 3-0 OK ODP '88 Norman, Okla.
April 23 W, 3-2 North Texas Dallas, Texas
April 23 T, 0-0 SMU Dallas, Texas



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