Tulsa Captures 3-0 Win Over Top-Seeded and 19th-Ranked New Mexico in C-USA Championship Semifinals
Nov. 15, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. -
Tulsa's fifth-seeded men's soccer team captured a 3-0 win over top-seeded and 19th-ranked New Mexico on Friday evening in the Conference USA Championship Semifinals at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C. TU moved to 11-5-3 on the season, while New Mexico fell to 11-5-2 overall.
Tulsa will take on either sixth-seeded Charlotte or seventh-seeded Kentucky in the C-USA Championship on Sunday, Nov. 17th beginning at 12:30 pm Central in Charlotte, N.C. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports.
"I thought we started the game really well," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "We came out and took control of the match early on. The strikers were moving the ball well, and honestly we should have scored two or three more goals in the first half, but we were happy to be up 2-0 at the half. In the second half, New Mexico was obviously pushing the ball more and the game opened up, but we held on defensively. Tony [Rocha] defended very well and Jake [McGuire] came up with some big saves. Jake continues to grow. He has a lot of ability, but he needs to command his area better and I think he did a good job of that today."
Quinton Duncan put the Golden Hurricane on the board at the 22:56 mark as he punched in a rebound attempt that was taken by Akeil Barrett. Tony Rocha found the back of the net just two minutes later off an assist from Cristian Mata to give TU a two-goal cushion at the break.
Omar Mata drilled in a penalty kick taken at the 49:39 mark for the final score of the contest.
Cristian had a team-best six shots, three of which were on goal, while Barrett added three attempts. Jake McGuire logged all 90 minutes between the posts, picked up seven saves and earned his third shutout on the season.
The Lobos had a 17-14 lead in shots, but the Golden Hurricane had a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal, and both teams attempted four corner kicks.
In the nine-year history of the C-USA Men's Soccer Championship, Tulsa has tallied a 15-3-2 overall record in the tournament. The Golden Hurricane won the tournament in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012, and also played in the title game in 2005 and 2010.
Scoring Summary Tulsa 2 1 - 3 New Mexico 0 0 - 0
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