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Tulsa Men's Soccer Weekly Release #1

Kyle Smith is one of four Tulsa seniors ready to lead the Hurricane into the 2000 season.
Kyle Smith is one of four Tulsa seniors ready to lead the Hurricane into the 2000 season.
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Aug. 29, 2000

Tulsa Begins 20th season of Men's Soccer Back in the Valley:
The Tulsa men's soccer team enters its first season of the new millennium by traveling back to the past. The Hurricane, which begins its 20th season of men's soccer, enters its second tour of duty as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2000. TU returns to the MVC after spending the last four seasons as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Tulsa was an original member of the Valley from 1991-95.

This Week:
For the first time in four years, Tulsa will open up the season at home. The Hurricane hosts Pac-10 Conference member Oregon State at 7:35 p.m. this Friday (9/1) at McAuliffe Field (6501 S. Garnett). The game also marks the season opener for the Beavers.

TU Picked to Finish Sixth in Preseason Coaches Poll:
The Golden Hurricane has been picked to finish sixth in the 12-team MVC in 2000. The SMU Mustangs received nine first-place votes, followed by Creighton with two votes and Southwest Missouri State in third place with one first place vote. The two teams ranked above Tulsa are Bradley and Evansville at the No. 4 and 5 spots, respectively.

Tulsa Blanks St. Gregory's in Preseason Action:
Senior Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas) scored two first-half goals and added one more score in the second-half to lead the Hurricane to a 3-1 exhibition victory over St. Gregory's at McAuliffe Field on Aug. 20. The Hurricane outshot the Crusaders 18-8, and sophomore goalkeeper Brent Salter (Conway, Ark.) collected five saves in 83 minutes before giving way to freshman Terry Boss (Philomath, Ore.).

Aristodemo Begins Final Season Ranked Ninth for Assists:
Tulsa senior midfielder Robbie Aristodemo (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) enters his final season as the Hurricane's ninth all-time assists leader. Aristodemo, who missed the 1999 campaign with an injury, needs just one more assist to move into a three-way tie with former Hurricane standouts Huyhn Bui (1980-83) and Sebastien Colom (1992-95) for seventh place. Aristodemo, a three-time all-WAC first team selection, has averaged 6.0 assists per season over the last three years.

TU welcomes 10 newcomers for 2000 campaign:
Tulsa's 2000 roster features 14 returning letterwinners and 10 newcomers. The 10 newcomers are junior-transfer Brent Bayouth (Sapulpa, Okla.), who comes to Tulsa from nearby Northeastern State, sophomore-transfer Gonzalo Sanchez (Quito, Ecuador), who played at the University of Ecuador last season, sophomore Mario Gonzalez (Santa Ana, Calif.) and sophomore Brian McFarland (Houston, Texas). The freshmen class includes Nic Arrington (Claremore, Okla.), Terry Boss, Chuck Falkenberg (Lake Lotawana, Mo.), Kris Glasser (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Bryan Rudd (Arlington, Texas) and Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England).

Player Notes:
Robbie Aristodemo competed on the Canadian Men's World Cup Team this past summer. Aristodemo saw action against Cuba in a World Cup Qualifying game. He also played on the Canadian Men's Olympic Team last March. Aristodemo played against Trinidad and Tobago in an Olympic Qualifying contest. Eric Dominguez needs eight goals this season to move into a tie with former Hurricane Tom McAdams (1990-93) for 10th place among TU's career goals leaders.

Team Notes:
Tulsa Head Coach Tom McIntosh enters his sixth season at the helm of the Hurricane with a 51-40-4 overall record . . . joining the TU coaching staff this season is Mark McIntosh, the younger brother of Tom, and graduate assistant coach Brian Riggs . . . the Hurricane will face five teams for the first time including Belmont, Eastern Illinois, George Mason, Loyola Marymount and Oregon State.