Oct. 11, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team (5-5-2 overall, 1-3-0 Big 12) seeks its first Big 12 road win of the season when it travels to No. 12 Missouri on Friday, Oct. 12 and Kansas on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The Sooners and Tigers are slated for a 6:30 p.m. start time at Audrey J. Walton Complex on Friday.
OU and Kansas will tangle on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Live stats will be available for both games this week on SoonerSports.com and a live web cast and audio of Friday's game will be available on mutigers.com.
VIDEO - Oct. 9 PRACTICE REPORT
SoonerSports.com visited practice on Tuesday to discuss the Sooners' past weekend and to preview the upcoming games with OU head coach Randy Evans.
Oklahoma (5-5-2, 1-3-0 Big 12) vs. No. 12 Missouri (9-2, 3-0 Big 12)
Friday, Oct. 12 - 6:30 p.m.
Columbia, Mo. - Audrey J. Walton Complex
Winners of their last five games, the Tigers enter Friday's contest leading the Big 12 with a 3-0 mark in league play. Last weekend, Missouri, ranked No. 12 this week in the coaches' poll (NSCAA/adidas) and as high as No. 5 by Soccer America, topped Baylor, 4-2, and Texas Tech, 2-0, on the road. Missouri is a perfect 5-0 this season at home.
The Tigers are outscoring their opponents, 35-14, and are led sophomore Kristin Andrighetto. The midfielder ranks second in the Big 12 in goals scored (9) and points (24).
Missouri returns 12 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2006 squad that finished 10-9 overall and 10th in the Big 12 with a 2-8 mark. The Tigers were picked to finish eighth in 2007 by the league's coaches in the preseason poll.
The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Sooners, 5-4-2. Each of the last four meetings in the series have been decided by one goal (three OTs) with OU winning the 2006 game in Norman, 3-2. The two tied in 2005, 1-1, in Columbia.
Oklahoma (5-5-2, 1-3-0 Big 12) vs. Kansas (3-8-2, 1-1-1 Big 12)
Sunday, Oct. 14 - 1 p.m.
Lawrence, Kan. - Jayhawk Soccer Complex
After starting the season 0-5-1, the Jayhawks have rebounded to post a 3-3-1 mark in their last seven games. Kansas earned its first Big 12 win last weekend at Texas Tech, 4-1, and also won a non-conference game at Drake, 2-1.
KU (1-4 at home) is being outscored by its opponents, 23-12, in 2007. Sophomore forward Kim Boyer and senior midfielder Nicole Cauzillo lead Kansas with three goals each.
The Jayhawks return 17 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2006 team that finished fourth in the Big 12 with a 11-7-1 overall record and a 6-4 mark in conference play. In the preseason, KU was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12.
Kansas holds an 8-3 advantage in the series with Oklahoma and has won the last five meetings. The Jayhawks came to Norman last season and escaped with a 1-0 win and in 2005, KU topped OU, 3-0, in Lawrence.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners hosted their first Big 12 game on Friday and topped visiting Baylor, 3-1. In Sunday's game against No. 6 Texas A&M, Oklahoma's upset bid came up short in a 1-0 defeat at John Crain Field.
OU returns home to start its longest home stand of the season of four games. The Sooners begin the four-game stretch against Texas Tech on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, OU will play its final non-conference game of the regular season against Butler at 1 p.m.
OU IN THE BIG 12
After two weeks of Big 12 play, Oklahoma is tied for eighth place in the standings with a 1-3 mark. OU's 19 goals and 52 points rank sixth in the conference, while its 14 assists are tied for seventh. Defensively, OU ranks second in saves (69), sixth in goals allowed (11) and goals-against average (0.87) and is tied for sixth in shutouts (4).
SOONERS IN CENTRAL REGION POLLS
For the first time in five weeks, the Sooners did not appear in the central region polls posted by NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz. OU was No. 15 in last week's Soccer Buzz poll and is receiving votes this week. The Sooners were not ranked by the NSCAA/adidas for the second straight week. Refer to page five for this week's complete listings in both polls for the central region and national top 25.
OU TIES LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK AT HOME
OU's string of nine straight games without a loss (8-0-1) ,dating back to Sept. 24, 2006 (L, 1-0 to Kansas), ended against No. 6 Texas A&M on Sunday. In that nine-game span, OU outscored its opponents 29-4, including a 16-2 advantage this season. The nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest all-time at Oklahoma with a 9-0 span set between Oct. 24, 2004 and Oct. 2, 2005. The Sooners were also unbeaten in two, eight-game streaks from Nov. 2, 2001 to Oct. 11, 2002 (7-0-1) and from Sept. 10, 2000 through Oct. 19, 2001 (8-0).
OU will play four of its remaining seven games of the regular season schedule at John Crain Field. Under head coach Randy Evans, the Sooners are 49-22-6 (.675) at home.
TOP 25 COMPETITION CONTINUES
After falling 1-0 to No. 6 Texas A&M in its last outing, three of the Sooners' final seven games will come against teams ranked in this week's top 25 polls, including No. 12 Missouri this weekend. OU will also face No. 4 Texas in Norman on Oct. 7 and No. 23 Oklahoma State on Nov. 1.
* rankings from NSCAA/adidas poll.
After 12 games in 2007, nine different Sooners have contributed to the 19 goal total. In addition, 11 Sooners have tallied assists. In 2006, OU scored 30 goals and had 11 different goal scorers (10 on assists).
SCORING DROUGHT ENDS
After going scoreless for three consecutive games, (Middle Tennessee, Nebraska and Iowa State), the Sooners found the back of the net three times on Friday against Baylor. The output marked the third time this season that the offense scored three or more goals. The last time OU went three straight games without a goal was at the end of the 2003 season (at Oklahoma State, versus Kansas in the Big 12 Championship and vs. Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament).
SCORING THREE OR MORE GOALS
Oklahoma is 3-0 this season when scoring three or more goals with victories over Alabama A&M (8-0), Oral Roberts (4-1) and Baylor (3-1). Under head coach Randy Evans, the Sooners are 32-0-1 when scoring three or more goals. The lone tie in that span came against Texas on Oct. 6, 2006 in Austin.
OVERTIME FOR OKLAHOMA
The Sooners are 0-1-2 in overtime games this season, having faced extra time in three of the last nine contests. The total already surpasses the amount of overtime games OU played last season (1). Of the 213 games in OU history, OU has played 39 of them in overtime with a 10-16-13 record. In the Randy Evans' era, OU is 9-11-13 in overtime, including a 4-2-4 mark in the last 10 OT games.
PALMER MAKING HER MARK
In her first season in Norman, freshman forward Whitney Palmer is already making her mark in the OU record books. After scoring the decisive goal against William and Mary, Palmer was honored by the conference as the Big 12's Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 11, a career first. Palmer's four game-winning goals is tied for the Big 12 lead this season (Missouri - Alysha Bonnick) and is the third best mark for a Sooner in a single season. She also is tied for fifth on OU's career list in the same category. In addition, only three other freshmen in OU history have scored more goals than Palmer's team-leading six this season (Logan Womack - 7 in 2000, Jonette Coquat - 7 in 1998 and Heather Morrison - 8 in 1997). Palmer is tied for sixth in the Big 12 in goals scored and tied for tenth in points (10).
Redshirt freshman Tara Macdonald made her first career start in the Sooners' 1-0 win on Sept. 21 and recorded the shutout. She is the first OU goalie in school history to record a shutout in her first career start. Two days later, the Austin, Texas, native followed that performance by keeping Middle Tennessee scoreless for 110 minutes for her second career shutout. Macdonald has allowed five goals in her seven games played (605 minutes) with a 0.74 goals-against average that is tied for second in the conference.
For the third time in school history, the Sooners were unbeaten after four games in 2007 at 3-0-1. OU started the 2002 season with a 6-0 record and finished 11-8-0. In 2004, OU was 2-0-2 after four games and ended the year at 7-8-3.
OU SOCCER COMPLEX RENOVATIONS
The OU Athletics Department completed Phase II of the OU Soccer Complex, a $4.5 million renovation last season. The addition of a state-of-the-art press box and grandstand, which increases seating capacity to 3,500, is joined by a multi-use building located between the soccer complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center.
Click here to take a tour of the facility with head coach Randy Evans.
ALL -ACCESS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
A live web cast will provided for select games this season and will be available on Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com's paid site. Lives stats will also be available for free for all of OU's home games and a portion of the road contests. Both links can be accessed on soccer's schedule page. The All-Access purchase helps support OU Athletics and memberships are available monthly for $9.95 or annually for $99.95. Below is a look at the remaining schedule:
Friday, Oct. 19
Texas Tech - 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
Colorado - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Texas - 1 p.m.
0 - Tara Macdonald - Started last six games in goal ... Redshirt freshman shut out North Texas in first career start and blanked Middle Tennessee in second start ... Allowed first goal against Nebraska on Sept. 28 after holding the opposition scoreless for 249 consecutive minutes this season ... Allowed five goals in seven games for a 0.74 GAA (tied for second best in Big 12) ... Made first career appearance during the season opener and combined with Jenny Nichols for the first shutout of the season.
1 - Jenny Nichols - Started season opener at goalkeeper ... Recorded her 15th career shutout against VCU ... Combined with Tara Macdonald for the first shutout of the season vs. Alabama A&M ... Recorded season-high eight saves against VCU and Long Beach State ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11, 2007 (third of career) ... Second all-time at OU with 15 career shutouts.
2 - Ashley Farrand - Started first 10 games of the 2007 season and has played in all 12 games ... Made the most starts (13) than any other freshman last season ... Ranked fourth on the club with three assists in 2006.
3 - Helen Ajufo - Made first appearance of the season against North Texas ... Has started the last two games and seen time in the last six contests on defense.
4 - Ashley Bolden - Freshman defender ... One of three freshmen to start the first 12 games of the season.
5 - Tiana Dickson - Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 and first assist against Baylor ... One of three freshmen to start the first 12 games of the season ... Sister of former OU softball All-American Norelle Dickson.
6 - Lauren Alkek - Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July ... Started first two games of the season and the last two contests (played in six) ... Missed six games with right knee sprain and returned for the start of Big 12 against Nebraska and Iowa State.
7 - Audri Habibi - 12 games played, three starts ... One of two Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Alabama A&M) ... Recorded five points (two goals and an assist) against Alabama A&M ... Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 10, 2006.
8 - Whitney Palmer - Tied for the Big 12 lead with four game-winning goals ... Leads the team with six goals and is tied for sixth in the Big 12 ... Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... One of two Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Oral Roberts) ... One of three freshmen to start the first 12 games of the season ... Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July.
9 - Kelsey Allison - Freshman forward has started 11 games ... Scored first career goal against Alabama A&M (Aug. 31).
11 - Shana All - Played in 11 games with 10 starts ... Leads OU with three assists in 2007 along with Colleen Keester
... Three-year starter who ranks fifth in OU history with 13 assists and fifth with four game-winning goals.
12 - Lauren Harris - Senior captain ... Started every game of the 2007 season and assisted on first goal of the year against Alabama A&M ... Three-year starter with 66 career starts ... 10 career assists ranks sixth in OU history.
13 - Caitlin Stojkovic - Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... Made first start against William & Mary and has played in every game ... Redshirted her freshman season at South Carolina.
14 - Kate Leyendecker - Played in nine games ... Tied for third on the team with five points and two goals ... Scored a goal off the bench in each of the first two games ... Recorded first career assist against Alabama A&M.
16 - Tenesha Duncan - Second on the team with four goals scored ... Has come off the bench in every game ... Senior's 11 career goals leads current roster and ranks eighth all-time at OU ... Played in 55 career games (17 starts) but limited in 2006 and 2004 with injuries (knee and concussion).
17 - Kate Marr - Came off the bench in season opener ... Made two starts and played in 16 games in 2006.
18 - Allyson Kucera - Started every game of the 2007 season ... Senior captain ... Three-year starter who leads the current roster with 69 career starts and ranks second with 10 career goals, total ranks ninth in OU history.
19 - Colleen Keester - Started first game of 2007 against Nebraska ... Second on the team with two assists ... Recorded the 12th two-assist game in program history in season opener, tying a school record ... Senior has seen time in every game this season and has 66 career games played.
20 - Charla Baker - Sophomore scored first career goal against Alabama A&M and saw time vs. Middle Tennessee.
21 - Brianne Frost - Freshman with seven games played off the bench in 2007.
22 - Claire West - Freshman defender came off the bench against Alabama A&M, VCU and Middle Tennessee.
24 - Katie Corbitt - Started every game in 2007 ... Two-year starter with 49 games played and 38 starts.
25 - Ashley Mumma - Freshman defender made first career start against North Texas and has played in nine games overall with four starts.
26 - Ashlee Coleman - Redshirt freshman made first appearance in season opener.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Junior has started last two games with six games played overall ... All-Region and All-Big 12 honoree at second base for OU softball in 2007.