College Cup Finalists Highlight Tulsa Men's Soccer Schedule
May 28, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Seven NCAA Tournament teams from the 2012 season, including College Cup teams Creighton and Maryland, highlight the 2013 men's soccer schedule, as announced today by Head Coach Tom McIntosh. The Hurricane schedule features nine teams that posted double-digit wins and four teams that concluded the season ranked in the NSCAA top-25 poll a year ago.
"Obviously we are excited as we look forward to another challenging schedule," McIntosh said. "We always play one of the tougher schedules in the country, and certainly this year won't be any different. We play a very strong non-conference schedule that features two College Cup teams, as well as Ohio State and SIU-Edwardsville in our Hurricane Classic, which will help prepare us for a very good Conference USA slate. C-USA is ranked among the top three leagues in the country, and when you look at the league, everyone is good. We want to play a schedule that if we do well, will help us get a seed in the NCAA Tournament."
The Golden Hurricane finished last season ranked #14 in the final NSCAA poll, won the Conference USA tournament title and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Championship. Tulsa outscored its opponents 48-23 and recorded eight shutouts.
TU will begin the season on the road against Creighton on Aug. 30th. The Bluejays advanced to the semifinals of the College Cup, claimed the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, finished the 2012 season ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA poll and posted a 17-4-3 mark. Tulsa posted a 2-0 victory at home against Creighton last season.
The Hurricane will continue its road stand on Sept. 1st versus Drake. Tulsa has a 10-4-2 lead in the series against the Bulldogs.
Up next for TU is the Annual Hurricane Classic, featuring Ohio State, SIU-Edwardsville, SMU and Tulsa. The Hurricane will take on Ohio State on Sept. 6th and SIUE on Sept. 8th at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. The Buckeyes won six games, while the Cougars recorded 13 victories last season. TU has a 2-1 lead in the series with OSU, while SIUE has a 4-1 advantage in the series with the Hurricane.
Tulsa will take to the road for the SMU Classic to face UMKC on Sept. 13th and Hartwick on Sept. 15th. TU has a 10-1-1 lead in the series with the Kangaroos, while this will be the first meeting between the Hurricane and the Hawks.
Tulsa returns home to host Valparaiso on Sept. 20th before opening up Conference USA play against Old Dominion on Sept. 28th. The Crusaders had just six wins last season, while the Monarchs tallied 11 victories, including five wins in the Colonial Athletic Association, and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be TU's first meeting with both teams.
The Hurricane will take on Maryland for the first time in school history on Oct. 1st. The Terps advanced to the semifinals of the College Cup, won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, finished the year ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA poll and tallied a 20-1-3 overall record last year.
Tulsa returns to league action at South Carolina on Oct. 6th, before returning home to host New Mexico on Oct. 9th, Charlotte on Oct. 13th and UAB on Oct. 19th. The Lobos advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship, finished as the runner-up in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, ended the season ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA poll and tallied 17 wins last season. The 49ers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, claimed the Atlantic 10 regular season championship, finished the year ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA poll and earned 15 victories a year ago, while UAB played in the NCAA Championship first round and had 10 wins last season. The Hurricane has a 6-5-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Gamecocks, trails New Mexico 6-5-1 and has a 10-2-1 lead in the series with the Blazers. This will be Tulsa's first-ever meeting with Charlotte.
TU will take on Kentucky and Marshall on Oct. 23rd and Oct. 26th, respectively, on the road. The Wildcats had 10 wins and advanced to the NCAA Championship first round, while the Thundering Herd tallied 11 victories. The series between the Hurricane and Kentucky is tied 6-6-1, while Tulsa has a 7-2-1 advantage against Marshall.
TU closes out the home slate against FIU on Nov. 2nd and then ends the regular season at Florida Atlantic on Nov. 8th. The Hurricane has dominated the series with FIU, 9-0-1, while this will be the first meeting against FAU.
Charlotte will host the Conference USA Championship, Nov. 13-17, in Charlotte, N.C.
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