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Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Captures 2-1 Overtime Win Against Houston

Claire Nicholson scored the golden goal for Tulsa on Friday night.
Claire Nicholson scored the golden goal for Tulsa on Friday night.
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Sept. 30, 2011

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Claire Nicholson scored the golden goal for Tulsa on Friday night, giving the Golden Hurricane a 2-1 overtime win against Houston at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU moved to 7-3-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in Conference USA, while the Cougars fell to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the league.

"Brooke Hinch came back from injury to play in her first collegiate game and really gave us a spark and kept possession in the midfield," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "She was really instrumental in our control of the second half. Tori [Peters] played as well as I've ever seen her play, not only very well defensively, but offensively, and got us a goal. Claire [Nicholson] also played very well offensively. She did a great job taking one extra touch and then slotting it into the back of the net for the golden goal. Those three were really instrumental in our win tonight."

"I thought we came out flat in the first half and we were fortunate to get to halftime 0-0," Cussen added. "Jim [Rhein] talked to the team about our composure and movement, and the girls responded well in the second half and it changed the game."

Tori Peters put Tulsa on the board first as she headed in a corner kick taken by Claire Hulcer at the 70:55 mark. UH's Sharis LaChappelle evened the score as she drilled in a goal from 25 yards out on the left side in the 75th minute. Neither team found the back of the net in the final 15 minutes of regulation to force overtime play.

Nicholson's goal was scored at the 95:44 mark from 12 yards out off a forward pass from Jordan O'Brien to win the game.

Nicholson led the TU attack with five shots, while Lindsay Kirch had three attempts and Hulcer had two shots. Katie Bykowski logged all 95:44 in goal.

The Golden Hurricane had a 14-7 advantage in shots, including a 6-2 lead in shots on goal, and TU had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, hosting Rice at 1:00 pm at the Hurricane Stadium.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa	0	1	1	-	2
Houston	0	1	0	-	1

Individual Scoring Tori Peters (Tulsa) at 70:55 (Claire Hulcer) Sharis LaChappelle (Houston) at 74:41 (Kylie Cook) Claire Nicholson (Tulsa) at 95:44 (Jordan O'Brien)

Goalkeeper Saves Katie Bykowski (Tulsa) - 0 Tulsa Team - 1 Cami Koski (Houston) - 4