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Tulsa Men's Soccer Team Drops 2-0 Decision to Kentucky

Mark Pais picked up three saves.
Mark Pais picked up three saves.
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Oct. 27, 2012

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Tulsa's 23rd-ranked men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Kentucky on Saturday night at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU fell to 10-5-1 on the season and 4-2-1 in Conference USA, while the Wildcats moved to 9-6-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the league.

"I thought for the most part we possessed the ball pretty well in the middle and back thirds, but we just weren't very good in the final third," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "Our combination play in the final third was poor and our finishing wasn't good. We created enough chances to score goals, but our movement wasn't good and that cost us. It is a lesson to be learned. Defensively we played well on the night, but we made some mistakes that cost us and gave them the two goals. Overall I am proud of their effort. We battled until the end, but we didn't do well enough with our chances."

Prior to the game, TU honored seniors Matt Boullt, Jake Dobkins, Mark Pais and Jon Wright.

"The seniors have all performed well for us in the course of the season," McIntosh said. "How we rebound from this will be a great opportunity for our seniors to show their leadership, but they've done a great job all year, so I don't' think it will be different."

Matt Lodge put the Wildcats on the board at the 14:10 mark as he punched in a penalty kick after TU was called for a handball in the box, and the score remained 1-0 for the next 60 minutes when Gabriel Conelian scored off a rebound attempt taken by Bryan Celis.

Tulsa had a 15-8 lead in shots, while UK had a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal, and the Golden Hurricane took all five corner kicks in the contest.

Cristian Mata had a team-best six shots, while Bryce Follensbee added three shots, and Stephen Roberson and Abe Matamoros had two shots. Pais logged all 90 minutes in goal and picked up three saves in the contest.

Tulsa will conclude regular season action against FIU on Saturday, November 3rd. Game time is set for 6:00 pm in Miami, Fla.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa		0	0	-	0
Kentucky	1	1	-	2

Individual Scoring Matt Lodge (Kentucky) at 14:10 (penalty kick) Gabriel Conelian (Kentucky) at 74:08 (Bryan Celis)

Goalkeeper Saves Mark Pais (Tulsa) - 3 Jack Van Arsdale (Kentucky) - 3