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Tulsa to Host South Carolina in League Opener on Friday

Matt Boullt
Matt Boullt
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Sept. 20, 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa men's soccer team returns home to host South Carolina in the Conference USA season opener on Friday, Sept. 21st beginning at 7:00 pm at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the north ticket gate, while all youth (under 8th grade) wearing a soccer jersey get in free.

TU, which owns a 4-3 mark this season, ranks eighth in total goals (18), 13th in scoring offense (2.57 gpg), 13th in total points (48) and 26th in total assists (26), according to the latest NCAA Statistics.

In Tulsa's seven contests, the underclassmen make up 65-percent of the starting line-up, while juniors are accounting for just 10-percent and seniors 25-percent. The average starting lineup consists of three freshmen, four sophomores, one junior and three seniors.

Freshman Cristian Mata has a team-leading five goals, while classmate Bryce Follensbee and sophomore-transfer Akeil Barrett have each netted four goals. Mata is 15th in goals per game (.83), 17th in total goals (5), 28th in points per game (1.67) and 37th in total points (10), while Follensbee and Barrett are 37th in total goals (4), and sophomore Stephen Roberson is eighth in total assists (4) and 26th in assists per game (.57). Senior-transfer Mark Pais has recorded 22 saves and two shutouts in 627 minutes in goal.

USC has faced three top-25 teams, tallying a 1-2-1 overall record in those matches, including a 1-0 win over then second-ranked South Florida, and a 2-3-1 record on the season. South Carolina is led by Bradlee Baladez with two goals for four points, while three others have tallied one goal each. Alex Long has logged all 667 minutes between the posts, has recorded 24 saves and has four shutouts in seven games this year.

 

 

The Gamecocks have a 5-4-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 2-1 decision last year.