Big 12 Soccer Notes: Week 4

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 18, 2002

Sept. 18, 2002

The Bears, rolling along with a 6-1 record, have tied their best start under head coach Nick Cowell. The 1999 squad, Cowell's first team at Baylor, also started the season 6-1 and finished the year 14-7-1 overall. Junior transfer Monica Housden became the second Bear this season (third in school history) to record a shutout in her first start at Baylor. Freshman Tanya Sena blanked Louisiana-Lafayette on opening day. One day after earning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors last week, senior defender Tamura Crawley was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. With their loss Friday night to Arizona State, the Bears fell one win shy of the longest win streak in program history, a six-game streak, from Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 1998.

A New Hampshire goal in the fifth minute of overtime Friday halted the Buffs' home win streak at two and CU's 3-0 loss to Ole Miss on Sunday drops the Buffs to 2-3 overall, below the .500 mark for the first time this season. Sophomore transfer Nicholle Taylor netted the Buffs' lone goal of the weekend when she scored in the eighth minute of play against UNH. The Buffs have five days to regroup before they host the first Colorado Women's Soccer Challenge Friday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 22 at the Pleasant View Soccer Complex. Denver will play Maine at 2 p.m., followed by Colorado/Eastern Illinois at 4 on Friday. Sunday's match times were changed to 10 a.m. MT (Denver/Eastern Illinois) and noon MT (Colorado/Maine).

Iowa State
Iowa State fell 1-0, Sept. 13, to Minnesota for the second consecutive time. The Gophers topped the Cyclones in double overtime in Ames in 2001. ISU faces three Big Ten foes this season (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa). Iowa State goalkeeper Beth Chapman recorded a season-high six saves against Minnesota. The Cyclones take their 2-0 record away from home to the UMass Classic. ISU faces Massachusetts Friday and Fairfield Sunday. Both games will be the first in their respective series.

Kansas defeated both Arkansas and Tulsa for the first time in school history. Freshman Caroline Smith leads the Jayhawks with six goals scored. Smith scored four goals over the weekend including the game-winners in both matches. She scored the game winning goal against Arkansas with 2:40 remaining in regulation. Freshman Holly Ryder scored her first career goal as a Jayhawk against Tulsa. Junior Carmel Kaplinger scored her first goal of the season for KU against Arkansas. Sophomore Meghan Miller recorded her first shutout of the season and now has a 1.09 GAA. Seven of the 12 goals scored this year by KU have come from freshmen. The Jayhawks are 3-1 on the road this year. Kansas is 0-2 all-time against Evansville. The Jayhawks will be playing Oakland for the first time.

The Tigers are 4-1-1 owning two wins and a tie over Top 25 opponents. Missouri won both the Florida State and Ohio State Invitationals. Goalkeeper Megan Duncan earned her second shutout victory against Bowling Green. She made three saves against the Falcons. Missouri's all-time season assist leader Adriene Davis continues to add to her tally, she dished out two assists to help the Tigers defeat Ohio State and Bowling Green. She leads the team with four assists on the year and owns 21 career assists. Midfielder Kristen Heil scored her first goal of 2002 against Ohio State capitalizing on a deflected shot by a Buckeye defender that she was able to rebound back into the OSU net. Megan Duncan has played 606 minutes allowing six goals for a 0.89 goals against average. The junior has also made 40 saves and owns a 4-1-1 season record.

Nebraska wrapped up its season-opening five games that included three against 2001 College Cup competitors with a 2-2-1 record. The Huskers dropped their only game last weekend to Portland, 4-0. The Pilots were too much for Nebraska in Portland, as the Huskers were outshot 15-7. Christine Latham led NU with two shots on goal for the game. Nebraska will play three games in Lincoln over the next six days, facing Drake Tuesday, Creighton on Friday, and Indiana State on Sunday.

Oklahoma (6-0-0) extended its school-record winning streak to six games with a 2-0 victory over previously undefeated Arizona on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners began the weekend by defeating then-No. 18 SMU on Friday night, 1-0. With the 2-0 win over Arizona, the Sooners recorded their fourth straight shutout of the season and fifth in the six games. Oklahoma has outscored its opponents 13-1 and taken 50 more shots (101 to 51.) OU will travel to California to play two of the top teams in the country next weekend. Oklahoma plays at No. 2 Stanford on Friday and then meets defending national champion and No. 10 Santa Clara on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Sooners return home to open up conference play against Baylor on Friday, Sept. 27.

Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State improved to 6-0 over the weekend, defeating Western Kentucky, 4-1, on Thursday and Arkansas, 2-1, on Sunday. The game at Arkansas marked the first time this season that the Cowgirls have been outshot by an opponent. The Lady'Backs registered 14 shots to OSU's 9. Oklahoma State has outscored its opponents 18-4, and has yet to allow more than one goal in a game. Senior goalkeeper Kat Doud has registered 11 shutouts during her career and shares the top spot in the record books with Chrystal Emerson.

Texas' forward line of Kelly Wilson, Kelly McDonald and Kylee Wosnuk continues to produce as they accounted for both UT goals against No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 15 and have combined to account for 17 of the Longhorns' 32 points (53 percent) through five matches in 2002. Sophomore defender Laura Kram has assisted on two of the Horns' last five goals to lead all UT defenders in scoring to date. With her goal against No. 1 North Carolina, junior Kylee Wosnuk now has 18 goals and 50 points during her career, which places her in a tie for fifth on those school career lists. Kelly Wilson has now scored at least one goal in 12 of her 23 career games and recorded at least one point in 15 of her 23 career tilts.

Texas A&M
When the Aggies lost to North Carolina on Friday night, Coach G. Guerrieri had witnessed something he had never seen in his ten seasons at the helm of the Aggie soccer program: a three-game losing streak. Since the program's inception in 1993, no Aggie team has lost three-consecutive games. Only four times have the Aggies lost two matches in a row. Of the six matches this season, A&M has played four nationally-ranked opponents and has a record of 1-3 against them. All three of the losses were outside the friendly confines of the Aggie Soccer Complex. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Jo Spisak earned the first shutout of her career on Sunday when the Aggies defeated TCU, 3-0. In all but one match this season the Aggies have allowed one goal or fewer. The only exception was against No. 1 North Carolina when the Tar Heels scored four times.

Texas Tech
The loss to the Miners on Friday night was the first time that UTEP had beaten the Red Raiders in the school's history. The all-time series now stands at 5-1-0. After the team's 2-0 start, the Red Raiders have been in a scoring drought. In the last four games Tech has posted only two goals and been out- scored by a margin of 8-2.The team's youth movement was obvious during the 2-1 loss to the New Mexico Lobos, as the Red Raiders used seven freshmen (Lippert, Stephens, Knauss, Horn, Jones, Gutknecht, and Marla Roberts).



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