Sept. 19, 2000
Tulsa Stops George Mason, Falls To UNLV:
In its bid for a second tournament title in as many weeks, the Hurricane came up short by falling to UNLV, 1-0, last Saturday at the SMU Nike Classic.
TU began the two-day tournament with a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated George Mason. Tulsa received goals from senior Robbie Aristodemo (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada), sophomore Derek Meyers (Chesterfield, Mo.) and senior Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas). Dominguez tallied his third-straight game-winning goal of the season off an assist from freshman Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England).
Aristodemo and Dominguez were each selected to the SMU Nike Classic All-Tournament squad.
After a one-year hiatus, Tulsa resumes its series with cross-town rival Oral Roberts (4-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the ORU Soccer Complex. The Hurricane has dominated the series, a 12-1 advantage, since its began in 1980. The last time the Golden Hurricane and the Golden Eagles met was during the 1998 campaign. Tulsa blanked Oral Roberts, 5-0, in that game.
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Tulsa returns home to host Drury College (2-4) at 2:35 p.m. at McAuliffe Field. Tulsa is 4-1 against the Panthers since the teams first met in 1993.
Aristodemo, Dominguez On Verge Of Ranking Among TU's Top 10 Scorers:
Seniors Robbie Aristodemo and Eric Dominguez are both on the verge of breaking into the school's top-10 scoring list. Aristodemo currently has 48 career points (14g/20a), while Dominguez boasts 46 career points (19g/8a). The 10th spot among TU's all-time scoring greats is held by Rex Rayfield (1983-87) and Tom McAdams (1990-93), each with 57 career points.
Meyers Turning Defender Spot Into Offensive Threat:
Tulsa's Derek Meyers has started all 18 games during his career at TU as a defender. But unlike most defenders, Meyers has turned into a legitimate scoring threat. This season, he is second on the team in scoring with two goals. Last year as a freshman, Meyers posted three goals and two assists for eight points, which was fourth overall.
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.
Eric Dominguez has three goals this season and a total of 19 for his career. He needs just five 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.
With 20 career assists, Robbie Aristodemo is tied for sixth-place with David Gordon (1989-92) among the school's career assists leaders. 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 21 assists. Aristodemo needs eight more assists to tie Jimmy Dowell's (1990-94) school record of 28.
Stephen Warwick earned his first collegiate point for an assist on Eric Dominguez's game-winning goal against George Mason.
After playing the first five games of the season, the Hurricane is off to a 3-2 start. In 20 seasons, TU has began the season 3-2 four other times including 1981, 1993, 1998 and 1999. In those four seasons, Tulsa won at least nine games and finished with school-best 14 wins in 1981.