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Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Falls to 4th-Ranked Memphis, 2-1, in Overtime

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Nov. 2, 2011

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For Immediate Release November 2, 2011 Contact: Stephanie Hall Phone: 918.631.2163

Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Falls to 4th-Ranked Memphis, 2-1, in Overtime Hurricane concludes season with 10-8-3 overall record Memphis, Tenn. - The Tulsa women's soccer team battled fourth-ranked and top-seeded Memphis for nearly 93 minutes in the Conference USA Championship Quarterfinals, but dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn. The Golden Hurricane concluded the season with a 10-8-3 overall record, while the Tigers moved to 19-0-1 on the year.

"I thought our kids came out and battled for the entire game," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "Memphis definitely had more chances, but I thought the few that we had were quality. They are a great team, but our kids were up for the challenge tonight and I am very proud of them. It was a great season, the first winning season since 2000, and just the second time for us to come to the C-USA tournament."

Bradi Hinch put TU on the board in the 51st minute as she lobbed a goal over the keeper off a combination from Lexis Learmonth and Claire Hulcer. Tulsa maintained the 1-0 lead for nearly 30 minutes, but Melissa Smith knotted up the score in the 81st minute. Neither team could find the back of the net in the final nine minutes of regulation, but Natalie Gomez-Junco ended the game at the 92:58 mark as she punched in the game-winning goal from the right side.

Stephanie Aitken attempted two shots, while Hinch, Hulcer and Danielle Hughes each added one shot.

Katie Bykowski logged all 92:58 in goal and earned nine saves in the contest. With her performance tonight, she clinched the top spot in the Tulsa record books for career saves with 247. Bykowski already owns the school record for goals-against average (1.16), and is second in shutouts with 19.

Memphis had a 30-5 lead in shots, including an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal, and had a 5-2 lead in corner kicks.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa		0	1	0	-	1
Memphis	        0	1	1	-	2

Individual Scoring Bradi Hinch (Tulsa) at 50:33 (Lexis Learmonth / Claire Hulcer) Melissa Smith (Memphis) at 80:28 (Christabel Oduro) Natalia Gomez-Junco (Memphis) at 92:58 (Melissa Smith)

Goalkeeper Saves Katie Bykowski (Tulsa) - 9 Elise Kuhar-Pitters (Memphis) - 2