NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma senior midfielder Samantha Faulkner will script her own online journal at SoonerSports.com for the 2004 season. Faulkner will share her experiences with Sooner fans as she captains the OU soccer team this season.
Oklahoma (6-4-3 overall, 2-3-0 Big 12) returns home for the first time in five games to host Iowa State (6-7-0 overall, 3-2-0 Big 12) on Friday at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field. It will mark the first time the Cyclones have played in Norman since 2001.
The Sooners will play their fourth ranked opponent of the year when they meet No. 6/9 (Soccer Buzz/NSCAA) Kansas (12-2-0 overall, 4-1-0 Big 12) on Sunday at John Crain Field at 1 p.m. The Jayhawks play at Oklahoma State on Friday.
This is the seventh installment of Samantha's journal. There is a link at the bottom of the page so you can submit questions for Samantha to reply to in her next entry.
Journal No. 7 - Oct. 14, 2004
Last week we had two good wins against Baylor and Texas Tech. They were must win games and now we are back home to host a couple this weekend. We are getting ready for Iowa State on Friday and Kansas on Sunday. Iowa State is another must win for us to possibly ensure us a spot in the Big 12 Tournament. We’ve started to scout for these teams. Kansas is ranked No. 9 in the nation right now and it would give us a big boost if we beat them. We are comparing them to our Texas A&M and Arizona State games. Both of those teams were ranked No. 9 and we played well enough to beat them, so we are pretty optimistic. However, we are still taking the season one game at a time.
If there were a movie about your life, who would play you? What would the title of the movie be?
Debbie from Dallas, Texas
Wow, that’s tough. I guess I’d have to say Sandra Bullock because she’s kind of corky like me sometimes. She’s kind of tomboyish. She seems like she’d be able to play me pretty well. I don’t really know what the title would be.
What is your favorite moment in a game?
David from Denton, Texas
If I go in for a tackle, come up with the ball and the other person flies by me, it is kind of empowering. If we are winning a game, it is a great feeling when the final whistle sounds because we know we won.
With the loss of the great Lauren MacIver for the season what is the team doing (offensively and defensively) to offset her absence? It will be good see her back next season.
Perry Ramon from Alameda, Cal.
Offensively, we are trying to stress to all of our forwards and midfielders on the field that they have to step up and score goals and be an offensive threat. We don’t compare anybody to anyone, we just say that someone has to get the job done. We definitely have had some younger girls show some leadership on the field. They have the mentality that says, “we’re going to win because I’m going to score.” Defensively nothing has really changed. We are still solid.
How does it feel to be a senior? Have you thought about what you will do when the season is over?
Kelly from Tulsa, Okla.
It’s kind of bitter sweet because I’m never going to play competitive soccer again. College life is coming to an end and I feel like I’m supposed to grow up and get ready for the real world. I’m postponing that by trying to get into graduate school at OU. Hopefully, I can still be an extended part of the team as far as helping coach or something like that. I don’t want to cut off all ties because I’m not ready to be done with soccer yet.
That's all for this week, hope to see everyone out at the games this weekend. Thanks for the support!