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Four Preseason Top 30 Teams, Nine Home Games Highlight Tulsa Men's Soccer Slate

TU senior Giancarlo Barzotti and the Golden Hurricane will Face a Challenging Slate in 2001.
TU senior Giancarlo Barzotti and the Golden Hurricane will Face a Challenging Slate in 2001.
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Aug. 22, 2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The 2001 University of Tulsa men's soccer team will face four 2001 preseason top-30 teams, including two of the nation's top-4 squads, and the Hurricane will play nine home games at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex. These games highlight the 2001 schedule as announced today by Tulsa Head Coach Tom McIntosh.

Tulsa's slate features nine home games, including a four-team tournament to begin the season, dates against four teams fresh off NCAA Tournament appearances, including national runner-up Creighton and SMU, who also reached the Final Four, NCAA Tournament participant Bradley and an always competitive Missouri Valley Conference slate. The Golden Hurricane also begins its first full season at its new on-campus facility, the Donna J. Hardesty Complex

Tulsa opens the season as host of the Microtel Inn & Suites/Golden Hurricane Classic. Tulsa kicks off the season at home on Aug. 31 in a first-time meeting with Cal-State Northridge. A day later, TU squares off against UNLV (Sept. 1).

The Hurricane makes the first of three trips to Springfield, Mo., to participate in the Southwest Missouri State Tournament. In the first game on Sept. 7, TU squares off against Western Illinois. Two days later, Tulsa and Georgia Southern tangle in a first time meeting on Sept. 9. Less than a week later, the Hurricane invades the "Show-Me-State" again to face UMKC on Sept. 15.

The air is always tense when cross-town rivals Tulsa and Oral Roberts hook up at the Hardesty Sports Complex in the annual Mazzio's T-Town Shootout on Sept. 18.

TU begins a three-game road trip in New Haven, Conn., against Yale on Sept. 21 in the first game of the Yale Tournament. The Hurricane faces a stiff test when it sets its sights on the Brown Bears on Sept. 22. The Bears, who enter the season ranked No. 20 in the College Soccer News preseason poll, fell one game short of the 2000 NCAA Final Four a year ago. Both contests mark first time meetings for Tulsa.

Tulsa remains on the road in late September as the Hurricane makes its second trip of the month to Springfield, Mo., where TU meets Drury on Sept. 27.

The Golden Hurricane closes out the month at home against Metropolitan State on Sept. 30.

Tulsa opens MVC play with back-to-back road games at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5) and Western Kentucky (Oct. 7).

TU begins a season-long five-game homestand against preseason No. 4 ranked Creighton on Oct. 12. Tulsa follows that game with home dates against Drake (Oct. 14), preseason No. 1 SMU (Oct. 20), Bradley (Oct. 26) and Eastern Illinois (Oct. 28).

The Hurricane closes out the 2001 regular season with consecutive road games. Tulsa plays at Evansville on Nov. 2 and meets Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., on Nov. 4.

The 2001 MVC Tournament will be held in St. Louis, Mo., for the second straight season, Nov. 16-18.

"The conference race will be wide open. I think SMU, Creighton, Bradley, Southwest Missouri State, Vanderbilt and Tulsa all have a good chance of taking home the conference championship, but with this league there are no easy games.

"I think from top to bottom, this is the toughest conference in the nation," McIntosh said.