Tulsa to Host Saint Louis in NCAA Second Round Game
Nov. 20, 2009
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa's seventh-ranked men's soccer team will host Saint Louis in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship this Sunday. Game time is set for 2:05 p.m. at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth (12 and under).
The Golden Hurricane, the tournaments No. 8 seed, received a first-round bye and enters the contest with a 13-4-2 overall record, while the Billikens earned a 2-1 win over Missouri State in the first round and own a 15-6 mark this season.
This will be Tulsa's sixth time in the NCAA Tournament, including three-straight appearances and a quarterfinal run in 2004. TU has posted a 4-5-1 mark in the tournament, but has not advanced past the second round the last two seasons.
"Saint Louis is very similar to us in terms of how our seasons went," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "Our game earlier this year was a turning point for both teams. We have both played really well since we faced each other in late September, and we both went on to win our conference championships. It will be a really good game and we are looking forward to playing them again."
Tulsa has out-scored its opponents, 44-22 this year, and out-shot them by more than 70 attempts, including 42 more shots on goal. The Golden Hurricane ranks first in shots (287), goals (44), assists (50), points (138) and corner kicks (111), and third in shutouts (6) and saves (82) among all C-USA teams.
Sophomore forward Austin Neil has a team-leading 11 goals and three assists for 25 points, while Conference USA Most Valuable Player Ashley McInnes is three points back with eight goals and six assists. Jose Parada (21), Kilian Poeschk (17) and Hunter Christiansen (10) have also posted double-digit points this year.
Andy Aguilar has logged 1,735 minutes in goal, and ranks first in saves (77), third in goals-against average (1.09) and saves percentage (.786), and fourth in shutouts (5) among all Conference USA goalkeepers.
C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Justin Chavez has helped anchor the TU defense, which has posted six shutouts and allowed 1.12 goals per game.
Saint Louis, which is also on a five-game winning streak, will be led by Mike Roach who has netted a team-high 11 goals and two assists for 24 points. Tim Ream and Stephen Bortolon have registered double-digit scoring with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Ross Kaufman and Mark Pais have combined for a 1.27 goals-against average, a .750 saves percentage and seven shutouts.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Golden Hurricane posted a 4-3 double-overtime victory over the Billikens in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 26. SLU, however, has a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series.
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