Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Picked Fourth in Conference USA Preseason Coaches Poll
Aug. 6, 2013
Tulsa, Okla. - The Tulsa women's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in Conference USA by the league's coaches, while senior midfielder Jordan O'Brien was named to the Preseason Players to Watch list, as announced today by the league office.
Colorado College was chosen as the preseason favorite, while Rice was second and North Texas was third. The Tigers and Owls were regular season co-champions last season, while the Mean Green won its second-straight Sun Belt title and berth to the NCAA Championship a year ago.
Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, #5 FIU, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion and UAB make up the East Division, while #1 Colorado College, LA Tech, #3 North Texas, #2 Rice, Southern Miss, #4 Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA are in the West Division.
"We have a very strong group of returning student-athletes, as well as a good freshmen class and two new transfers, so I am excited about our depth and the season ahead," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "Our goal every year is to compete for a conference championship, and this year more than ever we have a chance to do so, but with four teams in our division picked to finish as the top four, we have a difficult task ahead."
The Golden Hurricane is coming off a trip to the C-USA Championship title game in 2012, and finished the season with 12 wins, including nine shutouts, and outscored its opponents 37-17.
O'Brien is a three-year letterwinner who has started in 53 of 58 career contests. She has tallied five goals and 12 assists for 22 points, and has attempted 78 shots. O'Brien was tabbed to the All-Conference USA first team as a freshman, and third team as a sophomore and junior. She was also named to the 2010 C-USA All-Freshman team, and has been selected to the Top Drawer Soccer C-USA Top-20 list the last two years.
"Jordan has been part of a core group of strong midfield players the past three years, and we expect great things from her again this season," Cussen said. "I am proud of her and happy for her to earn this honor, and I am excited to see what she will accomplish this year. We are hopeful that this will be her best season yet."
The top five teams in each division following the regular season will earn a spot in the 2013 Conference USA Championship, hosted by Rice University November 4-10. The league's 19th women's soccer season kicks off Friday, August 23 when Tulsa hosts Houston Baptist at 7:30 pm at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.
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