Oct. 3, 2000
Tulsa Tops Drake, Falls to #9 Creighton in OT:
In its first week of Missouri Valley Conference action in over five years, Tulsa improved its overall mark to 6-0 in MVC openers with a 3-1 triumph over Drake. The Hurricane was led by sophomore Mario Gonzalez (Santa Ana, Calif.) who tallied one goal and earned two assists for four points. Gonzalez netted TU's first goal, while freshman Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England) scored Tulsa's second goal and earned an assist on Gonzalez's score. Senior Kyle Smith (Seabrook, Texas) recorded TU's third goal of the game.
On Sunday, TU and ninth-ranked Creighton went toe-to-toe for 93 minutes before the Bluejays slipped past the Hurricane in overtime, 2-1. Tulsa's lone goal was scored by senior Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas).
TU Sets Its Sights On TCU, #6 SMU This Week:
Tulsa (6-3, 1-1 MVC) travels to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for key MVC matchups against TCU (5-4, 1-1 MVC) and sixth-ranked SMU (8-2, 2-0 MVC).
On Friday, Oct. 6, Tulsa and TCU will square off at 4:00 p.m. in Fort Worth at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium. The Hurricane leads the overall series with the Horned Frogs, 11-4-1.
Tulsa travels across the metroplex for a 1:00 p.m. date with the SMU Mustangs on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs lead the series with the Hurricane, 15-3-1.
Dominguez Moves Into Top-10 for Scoring, Goals Scored:
With his two assists against Drake and his goal vs. Creighton, senior Eric Dominguez moved into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 59 points.
Dominguez's goal against the Bluejays also moved him into 10th place on TU's career chart for goals scored. He is currently tied with Tom McAdams (1990-93) with 24 goals. Dominguez needs three more goals this season to catch Perry Senko's (1981-84) ninth-place total of 27.
Tulsa has received early benefits from several newcomers this season. Stephen Warwick has started all nine games as a true freshman and produced four goals, which is second on the team, and two assists for 10 points. His 10 points is also second on the team. Mario Gonzalez, a first-year player at TU, has one goal and three assists for five points. His three assists ranks second on the team.
After missing five straight games with a leg injury, Kyle Smith returned to action against Drake and Creighton. In his first game back, Smith outdueled the Bulldogs' goalkeeper in a one-on-one battle to notch his first goal of the season.
Eric Dominguez's nine goals this season equals his career single-season mark he set as a sophomore in 1998.
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.
Sophomore Dustin Crane (Mission Viejo, Calif.) collected his third career assist on Eric Dominguez's goal against Creighton.
After the TCU-SMU contests, TU returns home for a four-game homestand against conference foes Eastern Illinois, Bradley, Western Kentucky and Evansville . . . the four straight home games is the longest stretch of the season . . . the Hurricane plays six of its 10 MVC games at home this season . . . Tulsa remains at the No. 8 spot in this week's Midwest Region rankings.