Tulsa Men's Soccer Team Defeats 49ers in Overtime, 3-2
Oct. 13, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Omar Mata, Akeil Barrett and Cristian Mata each scored a goal to give Tulsa a 3-2 overtime win over Charlotte on Sunday evening at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU moved to 7-4-1 on the season and 2-2 in Conference USA, while the 49ers fell to 4-5-3 overall and 0-3-2 in the league.
"I thought we started the game in the first eight minutes really well, but we did the one thing we didn't want to do, which was give away the counter," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "They set out with only one striker and five midfield players and they were looking for a counter attack, and unfortunately they did a great job. It made it tough on us for the rest of the first half. We didn't really generate any other chances and they were very well organized. In the second half we challenged our guys to get forward a little more and to try and do a better job of covering in midfield, and our guys did a good job of that. Once we did that we got control of the game, got two good goals and unfortunately we gave one up in the last 90 seconds off a corner kick to force overtime. I am proud of our guys to come back in overtime. They showed a lot of character tonight against a very good team and we are excited to get that win."
Kyle Parker put Charlotte on the board first as he headed in a goal from three yards out on the right side with just 8:24 ticked off the clock.
In the second half, Cristian fed the ball through the middle and Omar punched it in from 12 yards out in the 47th minute to even the score. Barrett tallied the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick at the 58:12 mark, but Luke Waechter headed in a free ball that was put into the box on a corner kick to tie the game with less than two minutes to play and forced overtime.
Cristian scored the game-winner off a pass from Barrett as he drilled in the shot from 18 yards out. This was Cristian's eighth goal on the season.
The 49ers had a 13-7 lead in shots, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal, and a 9-1 lead in corner kicks.
Tulsa will return to action on Saturday, October 19th against UAB. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Hurricane Stadium.
Scoring Summary Tulsa 0 2 1 - 3 Charlotte 1 1 0 - 2
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