NCAA Tournament Team SMU, Dates with Arkansas, ORU, OU, OSU Highlights 2003 TU Women's Soccer Schedule
Aug. 20, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The 2003 University of Tulsa women's soccer schedule will feature 2002 NCAA Tournament team SMU, dates with Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts, and the Golden Hurricane will play eight home games at the recently opened Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. These games highlight the 2003 TU women's soccer schedule announced today by TU head coach Damon Gore.
"We have a very challenging schedule this season, but I think every game is winnable," Gore said. "I also believe the schedule is difficult enough to where if we are successful we shouldn't have to rely on winning the Western Athletic Conference championship to get into the NCAA Tournament field.
Tulsa will open the 2003 regular season at home on August 29 against Stephen F. Austin in the inaugural game of the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU downed SFA 8-0 in the only previous meeting between the two teams in 1995.
The Hurricane remains home for its second game of the season on Sept. 5 against Arkansas-Little Rock. Tulsa leads the series with UALR, 11-1-1, and has won the last 10 meetings with the Lady Trojans.
On Sept. 7, Tulsa begins a grueling six-game road trip against Drury University in Springfield, Mo. TU holds a 5-1-1 advantage over the Panthers in the overall series.
Tulsa continues its road trek at Fayetteville, Ark., in the University of Arkansas Tournament with first time meetings against Old Dominion on Sept. 12 and William & Mary on Sept. 14.
For the past three seasons, Tulsa has played both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at neutral sites. This season, Tulsa will travel to both OSU and OU for key games with its in-state rivals. On Sept. 19, TU makes its first-ever visit to Stillwater to take on the Cowgirls. Two days later on Sept. 21, the Hurricane storms down the Turner Turnpike to take on Oklahoma. The match will mark TU's first visit to Norman since 1997. Tulsa leads the overall series with OSU, 2-1 and is tied 2-2 with Oklahoma.
In late September, the Hurricane concludes its road stanza in the same city it began five games earlier- Springfield, Mo. TU battles Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 26 and will look to improve to 5-3 in the overall series.
"Our non-conference schedule will challenge us and help us prepare for the always-tough conference schedule. I like playing all the Division I schools in our state as well as Arkansas. We have a very regional-oriented schedule this season," Gore said.
Tulsa begins its eighth season as a Western Athletic Conference member when it opens conference play at home against Hawaii on Sept. 28. TU trails UH in the all-time series, 3-1.
TU continues WAC play with road games at Rice on Oct. 3 and at UTEP on Oct. 10. The Golden Hurricane leads the series with the Owls, 2-0 and against the Lady Miners, 4-2-1.
On Oct. 12, Tulsa begins a three-match homestand against SMU, the defending WAC regular season and tournament champions. SMU leads the all-time series with TU, 14-2-1, but suffered its first loss in league games since 1999 a year ago at the hands of the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa wraps up the home portion of its league schedule with back-to-back games against Boise State and Nevada. TU takes on the Broncos on Oct. 17 and the Wolf Pack on Oct. 19. The TU-BSU series is tied at 1-1, while Tulsa owns a 2-0-1 advantage over Nevada.
The Golden Hurricane closes out the regular season against inner-city rival Oral Roberts at home on Nov. 3. The two teams have battled to a tie in the last two meetings. Tulsa leads the series with ORU, 9-1-3.
The 2003 WAC Tournament will be played in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 6-7 and 9. The winner receives an automatic berth to the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
"We have a very favorable conference slate this season. We play four games at home and four on the road. However, we have the advantage of playing both SMU and Hawaii, the top two teams in the WAC preseason coaches poll, at home," Gore said.
The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane
2003 Women's Soccer Schedule
SEPTEMBER 5 Fri. Arkansas-Little Rock Tulsa, Okla. 7:00 p.m. 7 Sun. at Drury Springfield, Mo. 2:00 p.m. 12 Fri. vs. Old Dominion Fayetteville, Ark. 4:30 p.m. 14 Sun. vs. William & Mary Fayetteville, Ark. 12:00 noon 19 Fri. at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. 7:00 p.m. 21 Sun. at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 7:30 p.m. 26 Fri. at SW Missouri State Springfield, Mo. 5:30 p.m. 28 Sun. Hawaii* Tulsa, Okla. 2:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 5 Sun. at Rice* Houston, Texas 1:00 p.m. 10 Fri. at UTEP* El Paso, Texas 8:00 p.m. 12 Sun. SMU* Tulsa, Okla. 2:30 p.m. 17 Fri. Boise State* Tulsa, Okla. 7:00 p.m. 19 Sun. Nevada* Tulsa, Okla. 12:00 p.m. 23 Thurs. at Fresno State* Fresno, Calif. 9:00 p.m. 26 Sun. at San Jose State* San Jose, Calif. 2:00 p.m.
NOVEMBER 3 Mon. Oral Roberts Tulsa, Okla. 7:00 p.m. 6-9 Thurs.-Sun. WAC Tournament Dallas, Texas TBA
BOLD denotes home games
All times are central
% denotes exhibition game
* denotes Western Athletic Conference game
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