Tulsa Falls to 8th-Ranked Maryland, 2-1
Oct. 1, 2013
College Park, Md. -
Tony Rocha put Tulsa's 12th-ranked men's soccer team on the board, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Hurricane dropped a 2-1 decision to eighth-ranked Maryland on Tuesday night at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. TU fell to 5-3-1 on the season, while the Terrapins moved to 4-2-3 overall.
"It took us a while to get into the game, but as the first half went on, even though we were a goal down, we were playing pretty well," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "We created a couple chances in the second half and controlled a lot of the play, but the penalty kick was unfortunate. In the last 30 minutes of the game we were all over them, but we just couldn't get a bounce to go our way to get the second goal. We have to get better around the goal, take our chances better and be better with our possession. This was certainly a performance we can learn from and grow as a team."
Maryland took a 1-0 lead at the 23:49 mark as TU knocked the ball into its own net for an own goal, and then in the 54th minute Patrick Mullins scored off a penalty kick for a two-goal cushion for the Terrapins.
Rocha scored his third goal of the season at the 63:25 mark off a free kick to get a goal back, but Tulsa wasn't able to get a second goal and fell 2-1.
Maryland took a 16-11 lead in shots, while both teams had five shots on goal, and the Terrapins had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.
"Bryce started the game and created a lot of chances today, but he couldn't get a bounce to go his way," McIntosh said. "He played exceptionally well, which is great for us as we move forward. I also thought Jake [McGuire] played well today and made some big saves, particularly in the first half."
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, Oct. 6th against South Carolina. Game time is set for 12 noon at the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Scoring Summary Tulsa 0 1 - 1 Maryland 1 1 - 2
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