Sept. 26, 2000
Tulsa Cruises Past ORU, Drury to Complete Non-Conference Slate:
In the final week of non-conference action for Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane recorded home wins over both Oral Roberts and Drury.
In the 14th meeting between TU and ORU, Tulsa throttled its cross-town rival, 7-3, at the ORU Soccer Field. TU senior forward Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas) turned his first career hat trick with a three-goal performance. Senior Robbie Aristodemo (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) converted a penalty kick and junior Chris Spears (Tulsa, Okla.), sophomore Mario Gonzalez (Santa Ana, Calif.) and freshman Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England) each notched a goal.
Last Sunday against Drury, Aristodemo found the back of the net twice, while Dominguez and Warwick each scored goals in a 4-2 win.
This Week #9 Creighton Visits Tulsa:
TU opens Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend against Drake. The Hurricane and the Bulldogs will square off at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at McAuliffe Field. Tulsa leads the overall series with Drake (3-5), 5-4-1.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, #9 Creighton invades Tulsa for a 2:35 p.m meeting at McAuliffe Field. CU (6-1) leads the series with TU, 9-4-1.
And Down The Stretch They Come:
Tulsa's senior tandem of Robbie Aristodemo and Eric Dominguez are both on the verge of reaching the top-10 among TU's all-time scoring leaders. Aristodemo has 54 career points, while Dominguez has 55 career points. Both players need to reach 57 points to rank among the school's career scoring leaders. The 10th spot is held by Rex Rayfield (1983-87) and Tom McAdams (1990-93), each with 57 career points.
As Tulsa prepares for conference play, the Hurricane has an all-time record of 6-3 in conference openers, including a perfect mark of 5-0 in Missouri Valley Conference games.
In TU's 7-3 win over cross-town rival Oral Roberts, the Hurricane's seven-goal performance was the most goals scored in a single game since a 7-0 victory over Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 28, 1993, and it tied the most goals scored against Oral Roberts since the TU posted a 7-1 triumph during the 1988 campaign.
Missouri Valley Ranks Among Nation's Best:
In a recent poll conducted by CollegeSoccer.com, the MVC was voted the strongest men's conference in NCAA Division I soccer. The Valley finished first with 29.7 percent of the votes, while the Atlantic Coast Conference was second with 21.8 percent of the votes. Three Valley teams are nationally ranked this week, including Creighton (#9), SMU (#12) and Southwest Missouri State (#13). In this week's Midwest Region standings, six MVC teams appear in the region's top-10. Creighton, SMU, Southwest Missouri State and Bradley round out the top four spots, respectively, while Eastern Illinois and TU are the seventh- and eighth-ranked teams, respectively.
Eric Dominguez has seven goals this season and a total of 23 for his career. He needs just one more goal 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.
Eric Dominguez's 1.0 goals-per-game average is 17th nationally.
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.
Tulsa's current mark of 5-2 is the best start since the 1997 season when the Hurricane recorded an identical 5-2 mark after the first seven games . . . Tulsa went on to complete the `97 campaign with a record of 13-8 . . . in five seasons as a Valley member, TU recorded a mark of 14-10-2 from 1991-95 . . . the Hurricane captured the regular season and conference tournament championship in 1991.