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Tulsa Advances to C-USA Championship Game in Penalty Kicks

Camille Pelley (pictured) evened the score as she punched in a rebound attempt from Claire Nicholson.
Camille Pelley (pictured) evened the score as she punched in a rebound attempt from Claire Nicholson.
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Nov. 2, 2012

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El Paso, Texas - Tulsa's fifth-seeded women's soccer team will play in the Conference USA Championship game as they advanced on penalty kicks over top-seeded Colorado College in the C-USA semifinals on Friday night at University Field in El Paso, Texas. The game was tied 1-1 after the 120 minutes. TU moved to 12-5-4 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 14-3-5 overall.

"I am just so excited for our program and the University," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "We played well, not our best, but once we gave up the goal it motivated us. It gave us something to fight for and the girls all upped their game. I am proud of the way they fought and battled once we got the goal back. In overtime and into the PK's, I just can't say enough about their resilience and their heart. We are excited about moving on. It shows where we came from and where we are going. It was a great evening for our program and these guys really deserve to play in the Championship."

The first half ticked off the clock scoreless, but Kelly Browne scored from the middle of the box from six yards out at the 52:42 mark to give Colorado College a 1-0 lead. Nearly 20 minutes later Camille Pelley evened the score as she punched in a rebound attempt from Claire Nicholson.

Neither team found the back of the net in the remainder of regulation or either 10-minute overtime period to force the game into penalty kicks. Hayley Harryman stopped CC's first attempt by Madison Whitehead, and then neither team missed a penalty kick.

Claire Hulcer, Lexis Learmonth, Bradi Hinch, Claire Nicholson and Lindsay Kirch all scored on their penalty kick attempts.

Jordan O'Brien and Nicholson both had a team-best four shots, while Hulcer had three attempts, and Pelley, Alexa Sidorakis and Kirch all had two shots. Hayley Harryman logged all 120 minutes in goal and had four saves.

TU had a 19-16 lead in shots, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal, and a 4-3 lead in corner kicks.

Tulsa will face the winner of the #7 SMU-#3 UCF game on Sunday. Game time is set for 1:00 pm and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa	                0	1	0	0	-	1
Colorado College	0	1	0	0	-	1
*Tulsa advances to C-USA Championship, 5-4, in penalty kicks

Individual Scoring Kelly Browne (Colorado College) at 52:42 (Rachel Heron) Camille Pelley (Tulsa) at 70:54 (Claire Nicholson)

Penalty Kicks Madison Whitehead (Colorado College) - missed Claire Hulcer (Tulsa) - good Kaeli Vandersluis (Colorado College) - good Lexis Learmonth (Tulsa) - good Katie Uyenishi (Colorado College) - good Bradi Hinch (Tulsa) - good Jessie Ayers (Colorado College) - good Claire Nicholson (Tulsa) - good Rachel Herron (Colorado College) - good Lindsay Kirch (Tulsa) - good

Goalkeeper Saves Hayley Harryman (Tulsa) - 4 Hanna Berglunc (Colorado College) - 7