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Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Falls to SMU, 2-1

Claire Hulcer punched in a goal from 25 yards out on the left side a minute later to make it 2-1.
Claire Hulcer punched in a goal from 25 yards out on the left side a minute later to make it 2-1.
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Oct. 28, 2011

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Tulsa, Okla. -

The University of Tulsa women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to SMU on Friday night at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU fell to 10-7-3 on the season and 4-5-2 in Conference USA, while the Mustangs moved to 11-7-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the league.

"I thought we played a lot better in the second half," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "We played with a lot of intensity and energy. We had some pretty significant injuries and adjusted well. The kids came in and played hard and played well. We need to be able to do that for 90 minutes and not wait and give up two goals. If we can play with that energy next week in the Conference USA tournament and focus on set plays I think we have a chance to do well."

SMU's Briana Gaines headed in a goal as Courtney Smith drilled a free kick into the box at the 11:28 mark. Olivia Elliot made it 2-0 as she scored off a loose ball from two yards out, but Claire Hulcer punched in a goal from 25 yards out on the left side a minute later to make it 2-1. Neither team found the back of the net in the second half.

Hulcer had a team-best four shots, while Lindsay Kirch came in off the bench and had three attempts. Katie Bykowski played the first 19:19 in goal and earned one save, while Hayley Harryman logged over 70 minutes in goal and also had one save.

"We got Hayley some good minutes in goal because we wanted to make sure she was sharp going into next week," Cussen said. "Both of our goalies played well tonight."

TU had a 10-7 lead in shots, while SMU edged Tulsa 5-4 in shots on goal, and both teams took two corner kicks.

The Golden Hurricane honored seniors, Natalia Alatorre, Danielle Hughes, Jasmine Mendiola and Alyvia Rogers, as well as graduating junior Rebecca Morris, after the game.

"It was also a good night to honor our five players," Cussen said. "To cap tonight off with the fireworks for Homecoming was a great way to send off our seniors for their last home game. This group will be always special to us because this was the first group that came in when we came in. They have all worked very hard the last four years and this season wouldn't have happened without this senior class putting in the time and commitment to help turn this program around."

Tulsa will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd in the first round of the Conference USA Championship. The bracket will be released on Sunday.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa	1	0	-	1
SMU	2	0	-	2

Individual Scoring Briana Gaines (SMU) at 11:28 (Courtney Smith) Olivia Elliot (SMU) at 19:19 (unassisted) Claire Hulcer (TU) at 20:29 (unassisted)

Goalkeeper Saves Katie Bykowski (Tulsa) - 1 Hayley Harryman (Tulsa) - 1 Tulsa Team - 1 Courtney Webb (SMU) - 1