Tulsa's 13th-Ranked Men's Soccer Team Outlasts Hartwick, 3-2, in Overtime
Sept. 15, 2013
Dallas, Texas -
Cristian Mata scored two goals and Omar Mata netted the game-winner to give Tulsa's 13th-ranked men's soccer team a 3-2 overtime win over Hartwick on Sunday afternoon in the SMU Classic at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas. TU moved to 4-1-1 on the season, while Hartwick fell to 0-4-2 overall.
"We obviously started out playing very well and controlled the game in the first half, having the ball 80-percent of the time and scoring two nice goals," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "But Hartwick came out and picked up their tempo a little and we didn't adapt and gave away a couple bad goals. We have to maintain the same tempo throughout the game. I am proud of the guys because most teams will crumble if they give up a two-goal lead and end up losing, and we found a way to win. I give the guys credit for not giving up and getting the winning goal. I am happy with our performances this weekend, but we have a long ways to go. The teams' winning mentality continues to grow, however, and that is important."
Cristian gave TU an early lead, scoring from six yards out off an assist from Kyle Cumings with just 3:05 ticked off the clock. He scored again in the 24th minute, this time off an assist from Akeil Barrett.
Chris Walter put one into the back of the net for Hawks from 18 yards out with 82:58 on the clock, and then in the 87th minute Max Walcott evened the score off an assist from Dean Fowler to force overtime.
Omar scored the game-winning goal at the 98:46 mark off a free kick from 20 yards out in the first overtime period.
Cristian led the Hurricane attack with six shots, four of which were on goal, while Barrett and Tony Rocha had two shots apiece.
Tulsa had a narrow 15-14 lead in shots, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal, and a 4-2 lead in corner kicks.
Tulsa will return to action on Friday, Sept. 20th against Valparaiso. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium on the TU campus.
Scoring Summary Tulsa 2 0 1 - 3 Hartwick 0 2 0 - 2
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