Sept. 18, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team will look to bounce back from last weekend's 0-2 performance as it returns home to host the Sooner Invitational on Sept. 21 and 23.
Soonersports.com sat down with OU head coach Randy Evans at Tuesday's practice to discuss this weekend's opponents and recap last weekend in California.
Middle Tennessee and Long Beach State kick off the tournament on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Sooners hosting North Texas at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, North Texas and Long Beach State will play at 11 a.m. while the Sooners and Middle Tennessee are slated to start at 1 p.m. at John Crain Field.
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Seats to this weekend's game are available for $7 (adult), $5 (youth) and $3 for groups of ten or more at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and at SoonerSports.com. The gates will open an hour before the game. The first 500 fans through the gates for OU's game on Friday will receive free OU pom pons. On Sunday, the team will provide a free kids soccer clinic. Also, "Kids Eat FREE Sunday," each child under 13 will receive one coupon for a free hot dog, popcorn and soda.
Live stats will be available for every game of the Sooner Invitational this weekend on SoonerSports.com.
SCOUTING NORTH TEXAS
The Mean Green enter this weekend at 6-0 overall, their best start in school history. Last weekend, North Texas handed Texas State a 5-0 defeat and Grambling State a 4-0 defeat.
North Texas is outscoring its opponents 25-4 and have only allowed one goal in the last four contests. Junior midfielder Brittany Cleveland leads the offense with seven goals and 15 points. She is one five players on the roster with two or more goals scored in 2007.
The Mean Green return 15 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2006 squad that finished 15-5-2 overall and third with a 9-2 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. North Texas was picked to finish second in the conference along with Middle Tennessee.
OU trails the all-time series, 3-0, with North Texas with the two teams last meeting on Sept. 5, 1998 in Plano (UNT 3, OU 1). They also played on Sept. 12, 1997 in Norman (UNT 1, OU 0) and Sept. 14, 1996 in Plano (UNT 2, OU 0).
SCOUTING MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Middle Tennessee (3-2-1) enters the Sooner Invitational with a split in last weekend's action. The Blue Raiders lost 2-1 at Alabama on Friday but bounced back with a 2-0 win at Alabama A&M. MTSU will play Long Beach State in the opening game of this weekend's tournament.
After six games, the Blue Raiders have outscored their opponents, 12-9, and are led by sophomore forward Jen Threlkel with five goals.
The Blue Raiders return 14 letterwinners and six starters from last year's team that finished second in the Sun Belt Conference with a 17-4 overall record and a 10-1 mark in conference play. In the preseason, Middle Tennessee was picked to finish second in the Sun Belt with North Texas.
Sunday's meeting will be the first between Oklahoma and Middle Tennessee.