Sept. 14, 1999

COMING UP
*Oklahoma at SMU
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. CST
*Oklahoma at TCU
Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. CST

SOONERS HEAD SOUTH FOR WEEKEND
The OU women's soccer team closes out its early season road stretch with two games this weekend at SMU and TCU. The Sooners look to rebound from the two losses they suffered over the weekend at the hands of 30th-ranked San Diego State (2-0) and San Diego (3-0).

Oklahoma attempts to gain some momentum heading into the Big 12 Conference season. OU heads to Dallas on Thursday to take on the Mustangs who return nine starters from a squad that went 9-10 a year ago.

"They are really strong," said OU head coach Randy Evans. "They have a well established program and a lot of team speed. Their only two losses this season are to top-10 teams."

The Sooners will then head to Fort Worth to play TCU on Sunday. The series between the two teams is tied, while OU won last year's contest, 3-2, in Norman. The Horned Frogs return 10 starters from a team that went 9-11 last year.

"They are coming off a big win over UMass, who is a traditional national power," said Evans. "Things aren't getting any easier when you talk about playing TCU."

OU LOSES TO 30TH-RANKED SAN DIEGO STATE AND SAN DIEGO
The Sooner women's soccer team returned home from San Diego, Calif., with two losses to move their record to 1-5 on the season. OU lost to 30th-ranked San Diego State, 2-0, and San Diego, 3-0. Oklahoma continued to struggle on offense, managing only four shots between the two games.

"It's kind of frustrating because I feel like we are playing well," said Evans. "Our defense is playing pretty well."

The Sooners allowed an early goal against San Diego State, which set the tone.

"The early goal was the key to that game," said Evans. "We settled down after that."

OU recorded only one shot the entire game against San Diego. The Toreros were opportunistic, registering goals on all three of their shots on goal.

"They punished us for our mistakes," said Evans. "They capitalized on every mistake and scored three great goals."

OKLAHOMA ON THE DEFENSIVE
The Sooners headed into their road games against San Diego State and San Diego with two goals on the season, both of which came in a 2-1 win at Oral Roberts. OU continued its lack of offensive production with four shots and no goals in two games, while allowing 29 shots and five goals. Oklahoma's defense continues to play well despite the constant pressure.

"Our defense knows that it can't give up more than a goal right now," said Evans. "There is still so much that we have yet to work on that will improve our offensive attack. I am not discouraged yet."

HOME, SWEET HOME
OU is looking forward to its first home game, which is on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Norman North High School against Oklahoma State. The Sooners will end a season-opening eight-game road stretch this weekend.

"I think that the team is a little road weary," said Evans. "Playing on the road really hurts your practice time."