Three Postseason, Top-25 Squads Highlight Tulsa Men's Soccer Slate
The 2000 University of Tulsa men's soccer team will battle three 1999 NCAA Tournament teams, three preseason top-25 squads and will play the 2000 campaign as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. These games highlight the 2000 schedule as announced today by Tulsa Head Coach Tom McIntosh.
The Tulsa men's soccer team enters its first season of the new millennium by traveling back to the past. The Hurricane begins its second tour of duty as a member of the MVC in 2000. TU returns to the Valley after spending the last four seasons as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Tulsa was an original member of the MVC from 1991-95.
Tulsa will battle three 1999 NCAA Tournament and preseason top-25 teams (#13 Southwest Missouri State, #14 SMU and #21 Creighton) and will square off against five teams who finished among the Central Region's top-10 teams (Bradley, Creighton, SMU, Southwest Missouri State and Vanderbilt). With the additions of SMU, TCU and Tulsa to a conference already stacked with top-25 programs, the Valley should be one of the elite conferences in the nation in 2000.
For the first time in four years, Tulsa opens the season at home. On Sept. 1, TU will host Pac-10 Conference member Oregon State. A week later, TU journeys to Las Vegas to participate in the UNLV Tournament. Tulsa opens the two-day event against an up-and-coming Loyola Marymount team on Sept. 8. Two days later, the Hurricane meets Jacksonville for the first time in school history.
Tulsa travels south of the Red River to Dallas, Texas, to play in the SMU Tournament. TU opens against George Mason (9/15) in a first-time meeting before facing former WAC foe UNLV a day later (9/16).
After a one-year hiatus, Tulsa and cross-town rival Oral Roberts renews its rivalry in the Mazzio's T-Town Shootout at the ORU Soccer Field on Sept. 21. TU then closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule at home against Drury on Sept. 24. Tulsa opens conference play at home against Drake on Sept. 29 before hosting an always-tough Creighton squad on Oct. 1.
Tulsa travels to the metroplex for dates against TCU (10/6) and SMU (10/8). Tulsa begins a four-game homestand, its longest of the season, against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 13. Tulsa then hosts Bradley (10/15), Western Kentucky (10/20) and Evansville (10/22).
The Hurricane invades Music City, U.S.A, in late October to battle Belmont (10/27) and Vanderbilt (10/29) in Nashville, Tenn. TU will then conclude the regular season in Springfield, Mo., on Nov. 2, against defending MVC champion Southwest Missouri State. The MVC Tournament will be played in St. Louis, Mo. (Nov. 10-12).
"Every game will be key for us. With all the great teams, each game will be a battle. During the conference season, we will play two games a week for five straight weeks. The last team standing will probably win the MVC title," McIntosh said.
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