Sept. 5, 2000
Tulsa Falls to Oregon State, 2-1, in Season Opener:
Despite one lighting failure in each half, the Oregon State Beavers scored two first half goals and held on to a 2-1 victory over Tulsa at McAuliffe Field. The two blackouts delayed the game for a total of 22 minutes. Tulsa scored its first goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Senior Robbie Aristodemo (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) blasted a free kick toward the net and freshman Matt Yeager (Rockwall, Texas) redirected to sophomore Julian Gaitan (Lake Forest, Calif.) who kicked the pass around the Oregon State goalkeeper for TU's lone goal.
Tulsa makes its farthest trip from campus this season when it invades Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend. TU is one of four teams competing in the UNLV Tournament. The Hurricane will battle St. Mary's (Calif.) on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9:00 p.m. in a first time meeting. Two days later on Sunday, TU faces Loyola Marymount at 2:00 p.m., also in a first-ever matchup.
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.
Warwick Continues English Pipeline to Tulsa:
Tulsa freshman forward Stephen Warwick, who hails from Morpeth England, is the second English soccer player to don a TU uniform over the last four years. Three years ago, Gary Walters, a native of Louth Lincolnshire, England, played one season at Tulsa before returning to England. Warwick started in his first collegiate game against Oregon State and he attempted one shot from his forward position. Since the age of 12, Warwick has played in the youth system of the Newcastle United, and he helped the team win back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999.
Aristodemo moves into seventh-place among TU's career assists leaders:
With his assist against Oregon State, Robbie Aristodemo moved into a three-way tie with former Hurricane standouts Huyhn Bui (1980-83) and Sebastien Colom (1992-95) for seventh-place among TU's all-time assists leaders.
Aristodemo needs just one assist to move into a sixth-place tie with former TU player David Gordon (1989-92).
Julian Gaitan recorded the first goal of the new millennium for Tulsa, while Matt Yeager picked up his first collegiate point when he earned the assist on Gaitan's goal. Yeager also earned his first career start against Oregon State.
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 squad last March. Aristodemo played against Trinidad and Tobago in an Olympic Qualifying contest.
Tulsa has three players on its 2000 roster from outside the United States mainland. The three players include Robbie Aristodemo from Canada, Stephen Warwick from England and sophomore-transfer Gonzalo Sanchez from Quito, Ecuador.
The last two times Tulsa has lost its first game of the season was during the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Ironically, the Hurricane finished both seasons with 13 wins. TU completed the 1997 season 13-8 and recorded a 13-6-2 mark in 1998.
With its return to the Missouri Valley Conference, Tulsa will look to rekindle its early success as a Valley school. Tulsa won the MVC regular season and conference tournament title in 1991, followed by a regular season runner-up finish in 1993 and a third-place overall finish in 1995.
Tom McIntosh is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Hurricane, but he also begins his 14th year of association with the TU men's soccer program. Since he first walked on to campus as a player in 1986, McIntosh has been a part of 121 of TU's 207 victories either as a player (1986-88), an assistant coach (1989-91) or as the head coach since 1995.