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Cristian Mata Scores Both Goals in 2-0 Win Over #11 Creighton

Tulsa celebrates after Cristian Mata goal.
Tulsa celebrates after Cristian Mata goal.
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Sept. 25, 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma -

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Cristian Mata put two into the back of the net to give Tulsa a 2-0 win over 11th-ranked Creighton on Tuesday night at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU moved to 6-3 on the season, while the Bluejays fell to 5-3-1 overall. This was TU's second win on the year over a top-11 ranked opponent as the Hurricane earned a 2-1 win over #3 New Mexico on August 31st.

"I thought we played a very good team in the mid-field," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "They are a very dynamic group of players in their front six guys, so we were going to have to be good in the back. I thought our organization was good in the back, our possession was good in the back, and I thought we did a good job connecting off our strikers and creating chances. In the second half we got better wide play, which was what we wanted to do."

Mata scored his first goal at the 55:17 mark as Bryce Follensbee fed him the ball up the middle and he punched it in from 10 yards out. His second goal came in the 85th minute as he scored from 15 yards out off a flicked ball from Kyle Cumings.

Mata has attempted 22 shots, 14 of which were on goal and eight of them were goals, including four game-winners to lead Tulsa with 17 points.

"Both goals were taken exceptionally well," McIntosh said. "The second goal was a great flick by Kyle and we obviously have a lot of confidence when Cristian gets in front of the goal. I think all three of our strikers are doing an excellent job for us and we are really pleased with the work they are putting in in both possession, as well as off the ball, and defensively."

Mata and Akeil Barrett each had three attempts, while Follensbee added two shots. Mark Pais logged all 90 minutes in goal, recorded five saves and earned his fourth shutout on the year.

Creighton had an 11-9 lead in shots, while both teams had five shots on goal, and the Bluejays had a 9-4 lead in corner kicks.

Tulsa will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 29th against Marshall. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Hurricane Stadium.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa	        0	2	-	2
Creighton	0	0	-	0

Individual Scoring Cristian Mata (Tulsa) at 55:17 (Bryce Follensbee) Cristian Mata (Tulsa) at 84:01 (Kyle Cumings)

Goalkeeper Saves Mark Pais (Tulsa) - 5 Alex Bolowich (Creighton) - 3