Tulsa Advances to C-USA Men's Soccer Semifinals with 3-1 Win Over South Carolina
Nov. 13, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. -
Tulsa's fifth-seeded men's soccer team earned a 3-1 win over fourth-seeded South Carolina on Wednesday afternoon in the Conference USA Championship Quarterfinals at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C. TU moved to 10-5-3 on the season, while USC fell to 7-7-5 overall.
"I am proud of the guys, they did a good job today," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "We talked about needing to be better in our overall performance and we got that today. The forwards held the ball better, we controlled a majority of the possession and guys came up big defensively. We had to play more dangerous today, but we were able to connect on a couple of crosses to get the goals."
J.P. Rafferty gave the Gamecocks an early 1-0 lead as he scored from inside the box in the ninth minute and South Carolina took that advantage into the break.
With just 3:02 ticked off the clock in the second half, USC had an own goal to tie the game at 1-1. Abé Matamoros gave TU a two-goal cushion just under six minutes later as he punched in a cross taken by Byron Knowles-Ramirez. Akeil Barrett made it 3-1 in the 89th minute as he tallied a goal off a pass from Bryce Follensbee for the final score.
Barrett had a team-best five shots, four of which were on goal, while Cristian Mata had three attempts and Bradley Bourgeois had two shots. Jake McGuire logged all 90 minutes in goal and picked up three saves.
Tulsa had a 15-13 lead in shots, including a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal, while South Carolina had a 9-7 lead in corner kicks.
The Golden Hurricane will take on top-seeded and 19th-ranked New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 15th beginning at 4:00 pm Central. During the regular season, TU dropped a 1-0 decision to the Lobos.
Scoring Summary Tulsa 0 3 - 3 South Carolina 1 0 - 1
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