Oct. 18, 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 SoonerSports.com and a live web cast of Friday's game will be available on Oklahoma All-Access (paid site).
VIDEO - OCT. 16 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.
BOOTER ROOTERS' TAILGATE
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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma (6-6-2, 2-4-0 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (5-6-1, 3-3-0 Big 12)
Friday, Oct. 19 - 7 p.m.
Norman, Okla. - John Crain Field
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
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.
Oklahoma (6-6-2) vs. Butler (5-8-1)
Sunday, Oct. 21 - noon
Norman, Okla. - John Crain Field
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.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners won their first Big 12 game on the road in 2007 with a 2-1 comeback victory at Kansas on Sunday. On Friday, then-No. 12 Missouri was too much for visiting Oklahoma, as the Sooners fell 3-0.
OU continues its longest home stand of the season by hosting a pair of Big 12 foes next weekend. The Sooners welcome Colorado on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, OU will host No. 6 Texas at 1 p.m.
OU IN THE BIG 12
Halfway through the Big 12 season, Oklahoma sits eighth in the standings with a 2-4 mark. OU's 21 goals rank sixth in the conference, while its 15 assists and 57 points ranks ninth and seventh, respectively. Defensively, OU leads the conference in saves (87), ranks fifth in goals allowed (15), and ranks seventh in goals-against average (1.03) and shutouts (4).
SOONERS IN CENTRAL REGION POLLS
For the second consecutive week, the Sooners did not appear in the central region polls posted by NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz. OU was No. 15 in Soccer Buzz's poll on Oct. 2 and received votes last week. The Sooners were not ranked by the NSCAA/adidas for the fourth straight week. OU was last ranked No. 9 by the NSCAA on Sept. 18. Refer to page five for this week's complete listings of polls on the national and regional levels.
RALLYING FROM BEHIND
Three of the Sooners' six wins this season have been in come from behind fashion. In addition, the Sooners have rallied to record both of their road wins this season (William & Mary and Kansas). OU's first comeback victory came at William & Mary on Sept. 7. The Sooners trailed 1-0 for the first 57 minutes of the game before scoring two second-half goals. On Oct. 4, Baylor took an early 1-0 lead but OU countered with goals in the 22nd minute, 68th minute and 85th minute to win 3-1 at home. Most recently, the Sooners mounted a 2-1 comeback victory at Kansas after trailing for the first 51 minutes.
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.
KUCERA HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK
Senior midfielder Allyson Kucera was the recipient of this week's Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Award presented by the Big 12 Conference. Chick-Fil-A and the Big 12 recognize 36 student-athletes each year for their outstanding contributions to community efforts. Kucera will be featured on this week's Big 12 Showcase, aired on Fox Sports Net Southwest (Cox channel 37 in Oklahoma City) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
After 14 games in 2007, 10 different Sooners have contributed to the 21 goal scored. In addition, 11 Sooners have tallied assists. In 2006, OU scored 30 goals and had 11 different goal scorers (10 on assists).
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 played in extra time on three ocassions this season. The total 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 ranks second in the Big 12 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 seventh in the Big 12 in goals scored.
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 nine goals in her nine games played (735 minutes) with a 1.10 goals-against average that ranks seventh overall 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.
EVANS VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
In his ninth year at OU, head coach Randy Evans is 47-22-7 (.664) against non-conference opponents. The Sooners finished 2006 with a 5-4 mark against teams outside of the Big 12. In 2005, OU posted its best non-conference record (8-1, .889 winning percentage) in program history. The last time OU had a losing non-conference record was during the 1999 season, Evans' first year.
0 - Tara Macdonald - Started last eight games in goal ... Left Kansas game with back injury (day to day) ... 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 nine goals in nine games for a 1.10 GAA ... 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 ... Has six starts and made last appearance in second half of KU game ... 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 14 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 four games and seen time in the last eight contests on defense.
4 - Ashley Bolden - Freshman defender ... One of three freshmen to start the first 14 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 14 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 four contests (played in last six) ... Missed six games with right knee sprain and returned for the start of Big 12 against Nebraska and Iowa State.
7 - Audri Habibi - 13 games played, three starts ... One of three 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 - Second in the Big 12 lead with four game-winning goals ... Leads the team with six goals and is tied for seventh in the Big 12 ... Scored first goal of career against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31 ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game this season (Oral Roberts) ... One of three freshmen to start the first 14 games of the season ... Named to the U-23 U.S. National Select Team in July.
9 - Kelsey Allison - Freshman forward has started 13 games ... Scored first career goal against Alabama A&M (Aug. 31).
11 - Shana All - Played in 13 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 with two assists (Alabama A&M and Kansas) ... Three-year starter with 68 career starts ... 11 career assists tied for 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 13 games ... Redshirted her freshman season at South Carolina.
14 - Kate Leyendecker - Played in 11 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 ninth all-time at OU ... Played in 57 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 ... One of three Sooners to score two goals in a game (Kansas) ... Three-year starter who leads the current roster with 71 career starts and 12 career goals, total ranks eighth 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 68 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 nine 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 51 games played and 40 starts.
25 - Ashley Mumma - Freshman defender made first career start against North Texas and has played in 11 games overall with five starts.
26 - Ashlee Coleman - Redshirt freshman made first appearance in season opener.
44 - Traci Dickenson - Junior has started three games with eight games played overall ... All-Region and All-Big 12 honoree at second base for OU softball in 2007.