Oct. 6, 1997
Red Raiders Play Final Home Game of Season
Texas Tech will host Texas A&M on Friday at 4 p.m. It will be the final home game of the 1997 season. Tech enters the contest with an overall mark of 5-8 and a Big 12 record of 4-4. The #3 Aggies come to Lubbock with an 11-1 overall record and an unblemished 7-0 in conference action.
The Aggies are led by senior midfielder Bryn Blalack, who has 11 goals and one assist on the season. Freshman Alison Peters has six goals, and five assists for a total of 17 points. Sonia Ibanez and Sharon Pickering also have a team high five assists.
Goalkeeper Melanie Wilson has 38 saves, and six goals against and a goals against average of .60. Rebecca Stewart has started in goal twice for the Aggies. She has seven saves, two goals against and a goals against average of 2.00.
It took two overtime periods for the Aggies to defeat #18 SMU on Sunday. Texas A&M captured a 1-0 shutout victory. Last Thursday, A&M took home a 4-1 win over Texas. The Aggies are currently ranked in the top five in all four soccer polls. They are third in Soccer America, NSCAA/Umbro Top 25, and Soccer News. They are picked fourth in the Soccer Buzz poll.
In their last meeting, the Red Raiders were defeated 2-8 in College Station. Texas A&M scored their first goal 36 seconds into the game. They led 7-0 at half. Lizzy Biles scored the Red Raiders first goal off an assist by Stacy Livingston at the 45:17 mark. Amaris Smith scored the second goal in the 53rd minute of play. Kristy Frantz assisted.
Seniors prepare for final home game: It's a first for the Texas Tech soccer program. On Friday, the team will honor the seniors of 1997. For Julie Clement and Raney Terrell it will be historic. The two will become the first four-year letterwinners to come out of the Texas Tech soccer program.
An Occupational Therapy major, Clement started in nine games this season. She took 18 shots and recorded one assist. A knee injury suffered in the closing minutes of Tech's game against Iowa State has put Clement on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
As a freshman, Clement finished with the second most assists on the team, four. During her sophomore season, she was fifth in points with 17 and goals with six. She recorded five assists, which was the third best mark on the team.
Last season, Clement was third on the team in goals with five and assists with four. She recorded the third highest point total with 14.
Raney Terell is a English major who wants to work as a high school teacher. This season she has played in four games and taken one shot on goal. Last season, she took four shots on goal. Terrell received the Fighting Heart Award from her team and was on the Commisssioner's Honor Roll.
As a sophomore, Terrell scored twice and assisted on two other goals. She was named to the GTE/SWC Academic Soccer team and the Dean's List. She also received the Fighting Heart Award.
In her freshman season, she finished the season with two goals and two assists.
Did you know: Sophomore defender Stephenie McCoy has already earned a letter as a Texas Tech athlete. McCoy played softball for Texas Tech last season.
McCoy spent most of the season in the outfield but also saw time as catcher. In her 30 game appearances, she had an overall batting average of .259 in 54 at bats. She had three RBIs and 16 putouts.
McCoy plays defender for the soccer team. She played high school soccer at Albuquerque's La Cueva High. That team holds the national record for most consecutive state championships (seven).
Big 12 Soccer Championship: The 1997 Big 12 Conference Soccer Championship will be held November 6, 7, 9 at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The top six teams based on regular season results will qualify for the tournament. A point system used throughout the season will determine those teams and their respective seedings.
The bracketing will be as follows:
Big 12 Standings W-L-T Percent Points Texas A&M 7-0-0 1.00 21 Texas 6-2-0 .750 18 Nebraska 6-2-0 .750 18 Baylor 5-2-0 .714 15 Texas Tech 4-4-0 .500 12 Colorado 3-3-0 .500 9 Iowa State 3-5-0 .375 9 Kansas 1-4-0 .200 3 Oklahoma 1-4-0 .200 3 Oklahoma St 1-4-0 .200 3 Missouri 1-6-0 .143 3
Head Coach Felix Oskam: This season will mark a new beginning for Felix Oskam and the Texas Tech women's soccer program. Oskam, who served as an assistant for two years, took over the program this season.
Prior to coming to Tech in 1995, Oskam served for three years as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of Tulsa. During the 1993 season, the Tulsa women's program finished ranked 18th in the nation. In 1991, the Tulsa men's team achieved a national ranking of 17. Oskam is currently a staff coach and instructor for North Texas Soccer Association, a Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach and the Director of Coaching for the girls competitive team, the Lubbock Elite Soccer Club. He has also worked as a staff coach for the ODP in Oklahoma and coached the Blackwatch '80 girls select team in Tulsa.
Oskam played 12 years of club soccer in the Netherlands before attending the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, he helped guide the Eagles to their first national ranking and was twice chosen as a Texas Collegiate Soccer League All-Star. Oskam holds a United States Soccer Federation National "A" license and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.