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Tulsa Women's Soccer Weekly Release #1

TU Head Coach Damon Gore leads the Hurricane into South Bend, Ind.
TU Head Coach Damon Gore leads the Hurricane into South Bend, Ind.
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Aug. 29, 2000

TU captures Oklahoma shootout title with wins over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State:
Tulsa opened the 2000 campaign with victories over in-state rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and captured the 2000 AT&T Wireless Oklahoma Shootout Championship this past weekend in Edmond, Okla. TU senior Kelly Noonan (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Julie Twellman (Columbia, Mo.) combined for two goals as TU downed Oklahoma, 2-0, in the season opener. Two days later, five Tulsa players found the net in Tulsa's 5-0 route of Oklahoma State. Noonan and Twellman along with junior Melissa McCormick (Omaha, Neb.), sophomore Marcie Ferguson (San Antonio, Texas) and freshman Emily Trost (St. Louis, Mo.) each scored for the Hurricane. Twellman was named tournament MVP, while Noonan received the Offensive Player award. Other all-tournament selections included freshman Pam Devore (Derby, Kan.), junior Kara Heer (Albuquerque, NM), senior Julie Davidson (St. Charles, Mo.), Noonan and McCormick.

Up Next for the Hurricane:
This weekend, Tulsa (1-0-0) travels to South Bend, Ind., to face the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 7:35 p.m. on Friday. Notre Dame (1-0-0), the 1999 NCAA runner-up is led by former Hurricane Head Coach Randy Waldrum (1989-94) and former Tulsa player and head coach, Amy Edwards (1994-98), who is an assistant coach for the Irish. Friday's contest marks the first meeting between the two schools.

Twellman Named WAC Player of the Week:
University of Tulsa sophomore forward Julie Twellman has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week for August 21-27. Twellman led Tulsa to back-to-back wins over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this past weekend at the AT&T Wireless Oklahoma Shootout in Edmond, Okla. In two games, she netted two goals and collected two assists for six points.

Tulsa Merits Eighth-Best Recruiting Class in Central Region:
Tulsa's off-season recruiting efforts landed the Hurricane the eighth-best class in the Central Region. Out of a total of 63 teams, TU's 2000 class of 12 newcomers was the best in the state of Oklahoma and second-best in the Western Athletic Conference, just two places behind SMU.

TU Welcomes 12 Newcomers for 2000 Campaign:
Tulsa's 2000 squad features 13 returning letterwinners and a total of 12 newcomers. The newcomers consist of one junior-college transfer, Corinne Bowman (Union Springs, NY) who comes to Tulsa from Broome County Community College, one sophomore transfer, Liz Benoist (St. Louis, Mo.) who played at Springhill College last season, and 10 freshmen. The 10 frosh include Jessica Leuenberger (Golden, Colo.), Staci Morgan (Owasso, Okla.), Emily Trost, Angie Bowman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Jessica Taylor (Edmond, Okla.), Katie Schlecht (Derby, Kan.), Eva Senitt (Ranchos De Taos, N.M.), Pam Devore (Derby, Kan.), Heidi Wasson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Keely Flynn (Tulsa, Okla.).

Player Notes:
Kelly Noonan begins her senior season ranked 10th among TU's career assists leaders. Noonan, who currently has 10 assists, needs just one assist to move into a three-way tie for ninth place with former Hurricane greats Amy Edwards (1998-91) and Amber Farr (1995-98).
Pam Devore earned her first collegiate start in goal against Oklahoma. Devore promptly responded with six saves and her first collegiate shutout. Against OSU, Devore had to make just one save against the Cowgirls before giving way to teammate Corinne Bowman during the last 25 minutes of the game. However, Devore did earn her second straight shutout in the 5-0 win over OSU.
Melissa McCormick picked up three assists in two games last week. McCormick currently leads the team in assists and needs just four more to tie the school's single-season record of seven set by seven different players, most recently by Kaci Epp (1996-99) during the 1997 season.
Emily Trost is the daughter of Al Trost, a former professional soccer player, 1972 Olympic team member and two-year captain of the U.S. World Cup team from 1974-76.

Team Notes:
Tulsa started a total six freshmen against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State . . . Head Coach Damon Gore evened his two-year coaching record at 10-10 . . . TU's 2-0 record is the best start since the 1994 squad began the season 4-0 . . . Tulsa will meet three teams- IUPUI, Nevada and Notre Dame- for the first time during the 2000 campaign.