Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Hosts 11 Home Contests in 2014 Campaign
June 6, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
The Tulsa women's soccer team will host 11 home contests, face 11 teams that recorded double digit wins a year ago and three 2013 NCAA Tournament teams during the 2014 campaign, as announced today by Head Coach Kyle Cussen.
"The non-conference slate is probably the hardest schedule we've had in my time at Tulsa, but we are looking forward to the challenge," Cussen said. "It will definitely help prepare us for the American Athletic Conference, and if we do well in the early part of the year, it will help set us up for a high RPI at the end of the season. The American, which will probably be in the top five leagues in the nation for women's soccer, is comprised of a lot of teams we've faced in the past and we know what to expect, but we have some unknowns in Cincinnati, Temple, UConn and USF. We are looking forward to facing the top level teams that play in the new league and we are excited for the season ahead."
TU had double-digit wins, a winning record and advanced to the Conference USA Championship all for the third-straight year last season. The Golden Hurricane set two new school records for shutouts in a season (12) and shutouts by a single goalkeeper (Hayley Harryman with 11).
Tulsa will begin the season at home against Abilene Christian on Aug. 22nd. This will be the first meeting with the Wildcats, which earned 13 wins a year ago.
Up next is a trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas to face Arkansas State, which posted 10 victories last season, on Aug. 24th. TU earned a 4-0 win over the Red Wolves to take a 3-2 advantage in the series last year.
Tulsa will host three-straight home contests, including Missouri State (Aug. 29) and UMKC (Aug. 31) in the Holiday Inn City Center Tulsa Invitational, and Central Arkansas (Sept. 5). TU earned a 1-0 win over the Bears last year, and won the only previous meeting with the Kangaroos, 3-0, while the Sugar Bears won the only other matchup with the Hurricane in 2010. MSU won just five games last year, while UMKC had 12 victories and UCA finished with nine wins.
TU will take on the Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sept. 7 for the first time in program history. The Volunteers picked up eight wins last season.
Tennessee-Martin and Oklahoma come to Tulsa on Sept. 12th and 14th, respectively. This will be the Hurricane's first meeting with the Skyhawks, which had 11 victories a year ago, while the Sooners had just four wins.
The Hurricane will make the trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to play Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the Cowgirl Classic on Sept. 19th and 21st. The Red Raiders advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Championship, finished the season ranked No. 17 in the NSCAA poll and recorded 18 wins. The Cowgirls had nine wins, finished as the Big 12 runner-up and played in the opening round of the NCAA Championship last season. Tulsa has a 4-1 lead in the series with Texas Tech, including a 4-0 win during the 2005 season, while OSU has won four of the six meetings with TU.
Tulsa will begin play in the American Athletic Conference against USF on Sept. 25th at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. This will be the first meeting with the Bulls, which had 10 wins last year.
TU will continue the home stand against UCF on Sept. 28th. The Knights won the inaugural AAC Championship, played in the first round of the NCAA Championship and finished the season ranked No. 22 by the NSCAA a year ago.
The Hurricane will play a pair of road games against Temple and UConn on Oct. 2nd and 5th, respectively. The Owls had six wins a year ago, while the Huskies picked up 11 victories. This will be TU's first meeting with both Temple and UConn on the women's soccer pitch.
Tulsa will host East Carolina (Oct. 9), Cincinnati (Oct. 12) and Oral Roberts (Oct. 15) to close out the home contests for the season. The Pirates had nine wins, the Bearcats eight victories and the Golden Eagles 15 wins a year ago. The Hurricane earned a 2-0 win over ORU last season to take a 15-4-5 lead in the all-time series.
Trips to Memphis, Dallas and Houston round out the regular season as TU faces Memphis (Oct. 18), SMU (Oct. 23) and Houston (Oct. 26) on the road. The Tigers finished as the AAC runner-up and had 13 wins last season, SMU put together an even 9-9-1 record and Houston struggled and had just one victory.
The American Athletic Conference Championship will be hosted Oct. 31-Nov. 9. On Oct. 31-Nov. 2, the top four seeded teams will host a quarterfinal match at their school, while the semifinals and final will be hosted by USF on Nov. 7th and 9th.
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