Game 12: Friday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Baylor
Oklahoma (4-4-3 overall, 0-3-0 Big 12) will look to snap its recent three-game skid and win its first Big 12 game of the season with two conference contests on the road this weekend. Friday’s action against Baylor (4-6-1 overall, 1-3 Big 12) will start at 7 p.m. in Waco at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
Last weekend, OU suffered two defeats by one goal each against Texas (1-0) on Friday and Texas A&M (2-1) on Sunday. OU sophomore Savannah Scott scored her fourth goal of the season in the 70th minute on an unassisted blast in the Texas A&M game. Scott’s tally ended the Aggies’ bid for a fifth consecutive shutout with the first goal of the first of the game. Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols, in her second career start, held the Aggies scoreless until the 85th minute before Texas A&M mounted its comeback. Nichols made eight saves in Sunday’s defeat and recorded a season-high nine saves in Friday’s contest at Texas.
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Baylor, also on a losing streak, dropped its last two games to then-No. 12 Kansas (3-0) and Iowa State (2-1, 2OT). The Bears’ lone Big 12 triumph this season came against then-No. 22 Texas at home, 2-1 in overtime. Sophomore Anna Schuch leads the Bears in points (12), assists (4) and goals (tied with 4). Junior Tiffany Boshers also has four goals for Baylor and two of her scores have occurred in conference play. In goal, junior Kristin Weegar might make her first start of the season as the usual Baylor starting goalkeeper, Ashley Holder, will be out after a receiving a red card in the Bears’ last game against Texas. Weegar has seen limited action this year. She has allowed three goals and has made three saves in 53-plus minutes of action. Holder and Weegar are the only Bears listed as goalkeepers on the Baylor roster.
In 2003, Baylor finished tied for ninth place in the conference with a 7-9-2 overall mark and a 2-6-6 record in Big 12 action. It returns 13 letterwinners and seven starters from last year’s squad. In seven all-time meetings, Baylor leads the series with OU, 3-2-2. The two battled to a 1-1 tie last year in Norman, and OU was victorious the last time they met in Waco (2002), 4-2.
Game 13: Sunday, Oct. 10 (1 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Texas Tech
The Sooners will play on the road Sunday for the ninth time in 10 games when they meet Texas Tech (3-9-0 overall, 0-4-0 Big 12) at the R.P. Fuller Track & Soccer Field at 1 p.m. The Red Raiders will host Oklahoma State on Friday.
Texas Tech has lost seven consecutive games and has been outscored 14-2 in its four Big 12 contests. Freshman Priscilla Esquivel leads Texas Tech with seven goals and 14 points. Another freshman, Jenifer Thomas, tops all Red Raiders with four assists and has also recorded two goals. A platoon of goalies has been used throughout the season for Texas Tech. Junior Beth Lippert has seen a majority of the time with a 2-2 record and a 2.38 goals-against average. Freshman Tina Rincon has also seen time recently in the Red Raiders’ net. She is 0-5 on the season with a 3.74 goals-against average.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series 4-3, but OU has won the past three meetings, outscoring the Red Raiders 11-3 in those contests.
Sophomore Savannah Scott is having an impressive sophomore campaign for the Sooners. The Norman native leads the team in points (9) and in goals (4), two scored in Big 12 play. Scott also has an assist this season. Last year, Scott recorded four assists and four goals, ranking her second and third, respectively, on the team.
FIRST HALF IS BEST HALF FOR DEFENSE
In their 11 games this season, the Sooners have only allowed one first-half goal (vs. SMU). On the other side of the ball, the OU offense has scored six of its 16 goals in the first 45 minutes of play.
Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols made her first career start over the weekend at Texas. The former high school All-American was solid in making a season-high nine saves and allowing one goal against the Longhorns. On Sunday, Nichols started against another tough opponent, then-No. 9/13 (NSCAA/Soccer Buzz) Texas A&M, and held it scoreless in the first 85 minutes of the game before the OU defense (with a man down) gave up two goals. Nichols made eight saves against the Aggies.
The Sooners have played seven of the last eight games away from John Crain Field and will play two more this weekend at Baylor and Texas Tech. OU is 3-3 on the road this season and 0-0-1 at neutral sites. OU last played at home against Missouri on Sept. 24 and will finish the season with four of its last five at home.
OU VERSUS THE TOP 25
Oklahoma’s win over then-No. 9 Arizona State on Sept. 19 marked the highest ranked opponent OU has defeated since the 2000 season. On Oct. 15, 2000, in Lincoln, Neb., the Sooners defeated Nebraska, ranked No. 2 in the nation, 2-1. OU is 1-1-1 against the top 25 this year, with a loss against then-No. 9 Texas A&M on Sunday and a tie against then-No. 21 SMU on Aug. 29. Two currently ranked opponents remain on OU’s schedule (Kansas and Nebraska).
CENTRAL REGION POLLS
Despite recording losses in its last two outings, OU moved up one spot in this week’s NSCAA/adidas Central Region poll to No. 8. The Sooners made their initial appearance in the top 10 of the Central Region poll two weeks ago at No. 7. OU remained at No. 11 in this week’s Soccer Buzz Central Region poll. The Sooners have been as high as No. 9 on two occasions this season in the Soccer Buzz poll.
ALL EQUALS ASSISTS
Freshman Shana All leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with five assists. Four of All’s five assists have come on perfectly placed corner kicks that found fellow Sooners in the box, three for net-finding headers by freshman Allyson Kucera and another by Michelle Enos. All also hooked up with freshman Tenesha Duncan for a goal on a cross against Tulsa. Lauren MacIver led OU in assists with five in 2003 and the all-time mark for assists in a season was set in 2002 by Krissy Dawson (8).
MACIVER OUT FOR THE SEASON
Junior Lauren MacIver, one of the Sooners’ three captains, will miss the remainder of the current campaign due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
MacIver sustained the injury in the Big 12 opener against Missouri (Sept. 24) at John Crain Field. The Tulsa, Okla., native went down in the first half and was evaluated by a team orthopedic physician. An MRI last week revealed the extent of the injury. A surgery date has yet to be scheduled.
MacIver entered the Missouri game as the Big 12 conference’s leader in shots taken (38) and ranked second on the team in points (5), goals (2) and assists (1). In 2003, she was selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team and Academic All-Big 12 First Team. In her freshman season, MacIver was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer First Team.
MacIver will return in 2005 for her senior season.
GET TO KNOW THE 2004 SOONERS
During the 2004 season, SoonerSports.com will bring you a weekly segment giving fans a inside look at the players on the OU Soccer team. Each week, a different player will be spotlighted answering questions varying from most embarrassing moments to nicknames and superstitions. Click here to access the main page that currently features senior Samantha Faulkner and freshman Tenesha Duncan.
SAMANTHA FAULKNER 2004 JOURNAL
Senior stopper and team captain Samantha Faulkner takes Sooner fans behind the scenes with her online journal as OU plays its 2004 season.