Video: Soccer Practice Report

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 17, 2007

Oct. 17, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (6-6-2 overall, 2-4-0 Big 12) will look for back-to-back Big 12 wins this weekend as they host Texas Tech (5-6-1, 3-3-0) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.  Oklahoma posted a 2-1 comeback victory at Kansas in its last outing.  On Sunday, Oct. 21, OU will step out of conference play to host the final non-conference game of the regular season against Butler (5-8-1) at noon.

Live stats will be available for both games this week on and a live web cast of Friday's game will be available on Oklahoma All-Access (paid site).

VIDEO - Oct. 16 PRACTICE REPORT visited practice on Tuesday to discuss the Sooners' past weekend and to preview the upcoming games with OU head coach Randy Evans. 

Tuesday Practice-Report
Video Evans discusses the importance of last weekend's win at Kansas
Video The head coach talks about this weekend and the remainder of the season

The Booter Rooters, the official booster club of the OU soccer program, will host a tailgate party on Friday, Oct. 19, prior to the Sooners' Big 12  game against Texas Tech.  That contest is slated to start at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.

All members are invited and fans interested in joining are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the booster club.  The event will begin an hour prior to the game.

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  The gates will open an hour before the game.

Friday is OU Student, Staff and Faculty Night (students, staff and faculty eligible to win prizes at the game). The first 100 people through the door will receive free OU Crocs. In addition, the first 500 fans will receive OU Pom Pons.

Sunday is Sooner Kid's Club Day. There will be a special activity for Kid's Club Members. In addition, Sunday marks "Kids Eat Free Sunday!"  Each child under 13 receives a coupon for free hot dog, popcorn and a soda.

After dropping three straight conference games (at Texas, vs. Missouri and Kansas at home), the Red Raiders responded last weekend with a pair of home wins over Iowa State, 3-1, and Nebraska, 2-1.  Texas Tech is 1-1 on the road in conference play this year (won at Colorado, 1-0) and 2-3-1 overall.

The Red Raiders are being outscored by their opponents, 17-16, this season (9-7 in Big 12 play) and are led by the play of Zhaleh Rezaie.  The sophomore midfielder leads all Red Raiders with three goals and seven points.

Texas Tech returns 16 letterwinners and 10 starters from a 2006 squad that finished 7-11-2 overall and 11th in the Big 12 with a 2-7-1 mark.  The Red Raiders were picked to finish 10th in 2007 by the league's coaches in the preseason poll. 

OU leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 6-4, after winning the last six meetings.  The Sooners beat the Red Raiders, 1-0, in Lubbock last season and 2-0 in Norman in 2005.

The Butler Bulldogs are 3-2 in their last five games with wins over Valparaiso, Detroit and Wisconsin-Green Bay.  In its last outing, Butler dropping a 1-0 decision at Loyola.  Three of the Bulldogs' five wins this season have come on the road as they are 3-4-1 away from Varsity Field in Indianapolis.

The Bulldogs are being outscored by their opponents, 22-19, this season.  Junior forward Angie Muir leads Butler in goals (7), assists (5) and points (19).

Butler returns 13 letterwinners  and eight starters from the 2006 team that finished sixth in the Horizon League with a 5-11-3 overall record and 2-4-1 mark in conference play.

Sunday's meeting will be the first between OU and Butler.  The Sooners are the only opponent on the Bulldogs' schedule this week.



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