Sept. 12, 2000
Tulsa Captures UNLV Coors Classic Title:
The Golden Hurricane stormed into Las Vegas, Nevada, last week and came out of the desert with the UNLV Coors Classic Championship. TU earned 2-1 victories over both St. Mary's (Calif.) and Loyola Marymount to capture the tourney title. Senior forward Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas) netted the game-winning goals in both games. Junior Chris Spears (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and sophomore Derek Meyers (Chesterfield, Mo.) each scored their first goal of the season against St. Mary's and Loyola Marymount, respectively.
Tulsa (2-1) will attempt to claim its second tournament title of the season when it invades Dallas, Texas, this weekend for the SMU Nike Classic, Sept. 17-18 at Westcott Field. The four-team field includes George Mason, UNLV, SMU and Tulsa. TU will open the two-day event against George Mason (4-0) in a first-ever meeting between the two schools at 5:00 p.m.
A day later, Tulsa squares off against former Western Athletic Conference rival UNLV (1-2-1) at 5:00 p.m. The Hurricane leads the overall series with the Rebels, 3-1.
Another Game Equals Another Assist, Aristodemo Moves Into Sixth-Place Among TU's Career Assists Leaders:
For the second time in three games, Robbie Aristodemo picked up the assist on a TU score. Remarkably, the assist was the 20th of his career which moved into a sixth-place tie with former TU player David Gordon (1989-92). Aristodemo leads the team in assists with two and needs just one more to rank among the school's top-5 assists leaders. One spot ahead of him is former Hurricane standout Kevin King (1988-91) with 21assists. Aristodemo needs eight more assists to tie Jimmy Dowell's (1990-94) school record of 28.
The 2000 Iron Kids Bread MVC Soccer Championship:
For the first time in league history, the Missouri Valley Conference men's soccer championships will be played at a neutral site. This year's Iron Kids Bread MVC Men's Soccer Championship will be played at SportPort (2,500 capacity) in St. Louis, Mo. The tournament, which consists of the top six teams in the league, will be held at campus sites (Nov. 5-6) for the first round before moving to St. Louis for the semifinals (Nov. 10) and finals (Nov. 12). The championship match will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Midwest and Fox Sports Net in Chicago, Ill. The winner receives an automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Several newcomers have already earned starting assignments this season. Newcomer Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England) is the only freshmen to start all three games this season, while first-year sophomores Mario Gonzalez (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Gonzalo Sanchez (Quito, Ecuador) each have one or more starts under their belts. Gonzalez collected his first career assist against St. Mary's. Redshirt freshman Matt Yeager (Rockwall, Texas) has started all three games this season and recorded his first collegiate assist against Oregon State in the season opener.
Eric Dominguez has two goals this season and a total of 18 for his career. He needs just six more goals to move into 10th place among TU's career leaders for goals scored. Former Hurricane Tom McAdams (1990-93) is currently in 10th place with 24.
After allowing two goals against Oregon State, first-year starting goalkeeper Brent Salter (Conway, Ark.) shored up his defense in the Hurricane's last two outings. Salter allowed just two goals in TU's last two games, both Hurricane victories. For the season, he has nine saves and four allowed goals for a goals-against-average of 1.33.
The Hurricane is now 2-0 this season against teams from the West Coast Conference after besting WCC members St. Mary's and Loyola Marymount last week.