Oct. 10, 2000
Tulsa Downs TCU, Falls to #6 SMU:
Last week, the Golden Hurricane played its first two Missouri Valley Conference road games of the season in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
In Fort Worth, junior Chris Spears (Tulsa, Okla.) scored two goals, including the game-winner with 22 seconds left in the first overtime period to give the Hurricane a 2-1 triumph over the Horned Frogs. Sophomore Mario Gonzalez (Santa Ana, Calif.) and freshman Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England) each picked up an assist on the game-winner.
On Sunday, Tulsa dominated the sixth-ranked SMU Mustangs for most of the game, but the Mustangs prevailed, 1-0, in Dallas. Tulsa played without the services of its leading scorer, senior Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas), who was sitting out the game because of a red card he received in the previous contest against TCU.
TU Hosts Eastern Illinois, Bradley This Weekend:
Tulsa (7-4, 2-2 MVC) begins a four-game homestand this week with matches against Eastern Illinois (9-1-1, 3-1 MVC) and Bradley (9-3-1, 2-2 MVC).
On Friday, October 13, TU hosts Eastern Illinois in a first-ever meeting between the two teams at McAuliffe Field (6501 S. Garnett). The contest will begin at 7:35 p.m. The Panthers and the Creighton Bluejays are tied for second-place in this week's MVC standings.
Two days later at McAuliffe Field, Tulsa hosts the Bradley Braves on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12:05 p.m. Tulsa leads the overall series with Bradley, 6-1. Bradley, Southwest Missouri State and Tulsa are currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Valley standings.
Tulsa Native Spears Having Career Season:
Junior Chris Spears is having the best season of his career this year. Spears, a 1998 graduate of Union High School, is tied for second on the team in goals (4), assists (3) and points (10). He has started every game this season and a total of 35 out of 47 career games played. He currently boasts career numbers of nine goals and six assists for 24 points.
Dominguez Moves Into Top-10 for Scoring, Goals Scored:
Senior Eric Dominguez moved into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 59 points.
Dominguez also ranks in 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.
TU sophomore goalkeeper Brent Salter (Conway, Ark.) recorded a career-high nine saves in the Hurricane's 2-1 overtime win at TCU.
With 20 career assists, Robbie Aristodemo (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) 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.
Eric Dominguez and sophomore Mario Gonzalez leads the Hurricane in assists this season with four each.
Tulsa moved up to No. 7 in this week's Midwest Region rankings . . . TU has lost its four games by a margin of just one goal in each game . . . through 11 games this season, Tulsa has outshot its opponents 206-110 . . . TU will play four out its final seven games this season at home . . . over the past four years, Tulsa is a combined 20-8 at home.