Oct. 31, 2000
TU Sweeps Belmont, Vandy On The Road in MVC Play:
Tulsa kept its Missouri Valley Conference postseason tournament hopes alive this past week with back-to-back road victories against Belmont and Vanderbilt.
In TU's 6-1 victory over Belmont, sophomore Mario Gonzalez (Santa Ana, Calif.) scored two goals, while senior Shawn McCullough (Shawnee, Kan.), sophomore Julian Gaitan (Lake Forest, Calif.), senior Eric Dominguez (Richmond, Texas) and sophomore Brent Salter (Conway, Ark.) each tallied goals.
Against Vanderbilt, Eric Dominguez recorded two goals, while classmates Kyle Smith (Seabrook, Texas), Shawn McCullough and sophomore Mario Gonzlez each found the back of the net against the Commodores.
Tulsa Closes Out The Regular Season at SMS:
Tulsa (10-6-1, 5-4-1 MVC) will look to retain its fifth-place ranking in the MVC standings and close out the regular season on a high note when it visits Southwest Missouri State (9-6-2, 4-5-1 MVC) this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Although the Hurricane leads the overall series with the Bears, 19-7-1, SMS has won the last three meetings between the two schools.
On Sunday, Nov. 5, the Hurricane will play an MVC Tournament play-in game. The opponent, site and time will be announced on Friday, Nov. 3.
Salter Takes Off the Gloves Against Belmont:
After holding the Belmont Bruins to just one goal in the first 71 minutes of play, TU sophomore goalkeeper Brent Salter took off the gloves and played in the field for the first time in his two-year career. Freshman Terry Boss (Philomath, Ore.) saw his first collegiate action in goal and collected his first career save. Meanwhile, Salter entered the contest as an outside midfielder and tallied his first career goal at 87:25 to put the finishing touches on the 6-1 Hurricane triumph. Freshman Stephen Warwick (Morpeth, England) collected the assist on Salter's goal.
Dominguez Climbs Into Eighth Place For Scoring, Goals Scored:
Tulsa scoring phenom Eric Dominguez scored three goals in two games last week to move into eighth-place among TU's career leaders for both goals (28) and points (67). He leads TU in scoring this season with 12 goals and four assists for 28 points. Dominguez is just one goal shy of tying former Hurricane greats Rex Rayfield (1983-87) and Tim Schaeffer (1988-90), who are each tied for sixth place with 29 goals apiece.
TU's McIntosh Picks Up Career Coaching Win No. 60:
Tulsa's Tom McIntosh picked up career win No. 60 as the head coach of the Golden Hurricane. In six seasons, McIntosh is 61-46-5 at the helm of the Tulsa men's soccer program. McIntosh is just one win shy of tying Walter Schnoor (1980-85), the first-ever men's soccer coach at TU, who ranks in second place for career coaching victories with 62.
Junior Chris Spear's (Tulsa, Oklahoma) team-leading seven assists this season is the most in a single-season since Robbie Aristodemo (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) collected 10 as a freshman in 1996. Former Hurricane standout Sebastien Colom owns the school record for single-season assists with 13.
Senior Robbie Aristodemo continued his climb up the school's career assists chart last week. Aristodemo's assist against Belmont gave him sole possession of fifth-place among TU's assist leaders with 21. He needs just one assist to tie Perry Senko (1981-84) for fourth place.
After beginning MVC play with a 2-4-1 mark, Tulsa has won three straight Valley games to improve its conference record to 5-4-1 . . . TU's scoring offense is ranked 15th nationally this week . . . TU is averaging 2.65 points per game . . . Tulsa moved up from 10th place last week to seventh place in this week's Midwest Region rankings . . . With 10 wins this season, Tulsa has won 10 or more games in 13 of 20 seasons.