Oct. 30, 2001
Tulsa Closes Out 2001 Regular Season at Evansville, SW Missouri State:
Tulsa (8-8, 3-4 MVC) concludes the 2001 regular season this weekend with road games at Evansville (7-7-1, 4-3 MVC) and Southwest Missouri State (8-7-1, 6-1 MVC).
On Friday, Nov. 2, Tulsa invades Evansville, Indiana, to face the Purple Aces at 7:30 p.m. The game marks the ninth meeting between the two teams. Evansville leads the all-time series, 6-2. Last season, the Hurricane throttled the Purple Aces, 5-1, in Tulsa. TU is making its first trip to Evansville since the 1996 campaign.
Tulsa plays its final regular season game on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Springfield, Mo., against Southwest Missouri State at 1:00 p.m. TU leads the overall series with SMS, 19-7-2. Last season, the Golden Hurricane and the Bears dueled to a 1-1 tie.
TU Falls to No. 28 Bradley, Tops Eastern Illinois in OT:
Tulsa completed its 2001 home slate with a 1-1 split against Bradley and Eastern Illinois.
Last Friday, TU took a commanding 2-0 lead into halftime, but the No. 28-ranked Braves exploded for two goals during a span of just over one-minute in the early minutes of the second half to tie the game. Bradley took control of the contest with its third goal just five minutes after scoring its first goal of the game. Tulsa freshman Kyle Brown (Southlake, Texas) and sophomore Kris Glasser (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored Tulsa's two goals. Sophomore Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England) earned two assists, while classmate Matt Yeager (Rockwall, Texas) picked up one assist.
On Sunday against Eastern Illinois, Tulsa needed overtime to defeat the Panthers, 1-0. TU freshman James Dabney (Los Alamos, N.M.) scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Kyle Brown just 2:12 into the overtime period.
Dabney, Brown Playing Above Freshmen Status:
Tulsa's freshmen duo of James Dabney and Kyle Brown have matured beyond their years during their first season at Tulsa. Coming into their freshmen season at TU, both Dabney and Brown were selected by College Soccer News as Freshmen to Watch in 2001. This season, Dabney and Brown have played in 15 games apiece. Dabney has 13 starts, while Brown has started all 15 games he has played. From his defender position, Dabney has scored one goal and earned one assist for three points, while Brown leads the team in goals with six and is tied for first-place with Stephen Warwick in scoring, each with 15 points.
Moffitt Makes First Collegiate Game a Memorable Experience:
TU junior goalkeeper Cort Moffitt (Tulsa, Okla.) played the game of his life against Eastern Illinois. Moffitt, who transferred to TU from New Mexico where he was a two-year punter and 2000 honorable mention all-conference pick on the Lobos football team, started his first collegiate soccer game against EIU. Moffitt looked like a seasoned professional in his first game, collecting seven saves and posting his first career shutout in 92 minutes of play.
Tulsa Players Benefiting From Warwick's Unselfish Play:
As a freshman in 2000, Stephen Warwick proved to be a rising scorer at Tulsa, recording six goals and collecting five assists for 17 points. This season, Warwick tallied four goals during the non-conference season and has yet to find the back of the net during Missouri Valley Conference play. But instead of becoming frustrated with not scoring goals, Warwick became a better play and his teammates are reaping the benefits. In seven league games, Warwick has earned five assists, including two against Bradley, and leads the team overall in assists with seven. He is also tied for first in scoring with 15 points.
Kris Glasser recorded the second goal of the season and of his career against Bradley. After playing in just five games a year ago, "Critter", as he is affectionately called by his coaches and teammates, has played in 14 games this season and has earned four starts.
Matt Yeager is having the best season of his career in 2001. Yeager has accounted for three goals and three assists for nine points. As a freshman in 2000, he recorded one goal and two assists for three points.
Tulsa started a combination of nine freshman and sophomores against Eastern Illinois. Juniors Cort Moffitt and Derek Meyers (Chesterfield, Mo.) were the only upperclassmen inserted into the starting lineup and Moffitt is a newcomer to the team in 2001 despite his junior status.