Sept. 18, 2001
TU Hosts Oral Roberts, Travels to Yale Tournament:
After a week off, Tulsa (2-2) returns to action this Tuesday in a non-conference contest against cross-town rival Oral Roberts (0-4). TU brings a two-game win streak into the match, while ORU will be looking for its first victory of the year. The game will begin at 7:35 p.m. at the Donna J. Hardesty Complex.
Tuesday's contest marks the 15th meeting in the overall series between Tulsa and Oral Roberts. The Golden Hurricane boasts a 13-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Golden Eagles. The last time these two teams met was a year ago at the Oral Roberts campus. In that game, Tulsa routed ORU, 7-3.
This weekend, Tulsa journeys to New Haven, Conn., for the Yale Tournament. Tulsa will battle a pair of Ivy League schools, Yale and Brown. Conference USA member UAB rounds out the four-team field. Tulsa faces Yale (0-1) in a first-time meeting on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Sept. 23, TU meets 2000 NCAA participant Brown (0-1) at 11:00 a.m. in the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Tulsa Postpones UMKC Match in Wake Of National Tragedy:
In the wake of the national tragedy on Tuesday, September 11, all University of Tulsa athletic events were canceled or postponed last week. TU's game at UMKC was included in the postponed events. The Tulsa-UMKC contest has currently not been rescheduled.
Gonzalez is TU's "Super" Mario":
In his second season at Tulsa, Mario Gonzalez has turned into "Super" Mario. Gonzalez leads the Hurricane in scoring this season with two goals and two assists for six points. He produced one goal and one assist for three points in TU's 3-2 win over Western Illinois. His assist resulted in Chris Spear's game-winning overtime goal against Western Illinois.
Brown, Dabney Living Up To National Hype:
TU's freshmen duo of Kyle Brown and James Dabney (Los Alamos, N.M.) were each picked as 2001 Freshmen to Watch by College Soccer News. Four games into the season, the duo is living up to the national billing. Both players are the only two freshmen to start all four games and reach the scoring column. Brown is second on the team in scoring with one goal and one assist for three points, while Dabney has one assist for one point. Brown recorded his first collegiate point with an assist against Western Illinois and his first goal vs. Georgia Southern. Dabney picked up the first point of his career with an assist against Georgia Southern.
Salter Standing Tall in Goal:
TU junior goalkeeper Brent Salter recorded the second shutout of his career against Georgia Southern. This season Salter has started all four games, allowed just five goals and collected 13 assists for a 1.21 goals-against-average. Salter was named to the 2001 Microtel Inn & Suites/Golden Hurricane Kickoff Classic earlier this season.
McIntosh Nearing TU's Career Coaching Mark:
Tulsa Head Coach Tom McIntosh, who is in his seventh season at TU, is just four wins shy of becoming the school's winningest head coach. He needs just three wins to tie Randy Waldrum's (1989-94) school record of 66 wins. McIntosh, whose tenure is the longest in the 20-year history of the TU men's soccer program, boasts a career head coaching mark of 63-49-6.
Along with Kyle Brown and James Dabney, Michael Haynes (Coppell, Texas) was also picked as a 2001 National Freshmen to Watch by College Soccer News.
The Hurricane was ranked eighth among the Midwest Region's top-10 teams last week according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) weekly poll.
Tulsa has attempted more than twice as many shots as its opponents this season by a margin of 60-28.
Tulsa is 1-1 this season in meetings with first-time opponents. TU will play a total of four teams for the first time this season.