Tulsa Captures Hurricane Classic Trophy in 2-0 Shutout Over SIU-Edwardsville
Sep 8, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Tulsa's ninth-ranked men's soccer team captured a 2-0 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Holiday Inn City Center Golden Hurricane Classic at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU won the tournament as they also defeated Ohio State on Friday (4-1), while SIUE and Ohio State each went 1-1, and SMU posted a 0-2 mark. The Golden Hurricane moved to 3-1 on the season, while SIUE fell to 3-1 overall.
"Throughout the course of the year we have trophies we want to play for and this was the first opportunity to win a trophy," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "I think it is important to create that habit. We are pleased with getting both wins and getting a shutout today against a very good team. The first half was a little back-and-forth, but then in the second half I thought we really started to control the game."
The first 54 minutes of the contest ticked off the clock scoreless, but Cristian Mata tallied the game-winner at the 54:21 mark. Omar Mata, Cristian's brother, passed him the ball and he chipped it into the back of the net over the goalkeeper from eight yards out.
Kyle Cumings put the game out of reach for the Cougars as he picked up a pass from Cristian and beat the goalkeeper with a shot to the left side in the 85th minute.
Cristian had seven shots, four of which were on goal, while Tony Rocha and Abe Matamoros added two attempts. Cody Mumma logged all 90 minutes between the posts, had four saves and captured his second shutout on the year.
Both teams had 13 shots, while Tulsa had an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 6-5 lead in corner kicks.
For their efforts, Cristian was named as the tournament MVP, while Mumma, Omar and Cumings were also tabbed to the all-tournament team.
"Cristian's work rate was tremendous," McIntosh said. "He does a tremendous amount of work for us defensively, as well as creating chances for others and himself. He got himself a couple goals and a couple assists this weekend, and he was really good from start to finish in both games. He did a really good job of leading the team."
Tulsa will return to action on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 15th, against UMKC and Hartwick, respectively, in the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas.
Scoring Summary Tulsa 0 2 - 2 SIUE 0 0 - 0
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