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Tulsa Women's Soccer Weekly Release #2

Tulsa Head Coach Damon Gore has led TU to a 2-1 start and a top-10 ranking in the Central Region.
Tulsa Head Coach Damon Gore has led TU to a 2-1 start and a top-10 ranking in the Central Region.
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Sept. 5, 2000

Tulsa Falls to #2 Notre dame, 2-0, Despite Holding the Irish Scoreless for 69 Minutes:
The Tulsa women's soccer team turned back 23 shot attempts and held second-ranked Notre Dame, the 1999 National Runner-up, scoreless for the first 69 minutes before giving up two late goals and falling 2-0 to the Irish. TU freshman goalkeeper Pam Devore (Derby, Kansas) recorded another solid outing in goal as she collected 11 saves, just four shy of the school's single-game record set by Melissa Mitchell (1994-97) against Texas (9/18/94).

Up Next for the Hurricane:
Tulsa (2-1-0) will attempt to get back on the winning track this weekend against two teams from the "Show Me" state. TU takes on Drury this Wednesday (9/6) in Springfield, Mo., at 5:00 p.m. Tulsa boasts a commanding 5-0 mark in its series against the Panthers which began in 1991. On Sunday, September 10, Tulsa will look to avenge last year's season opening loss to Southwest Missouri State when the Bears invade Tulsa for a 12:00 noon showdown. The contest will mark the home opener for TU. The Hurricane leads the series, 3-1.

TU Jumps into Central Region's Top-10:
By virtue of its victories over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at the AT&T Wireless Oklahoma Shootout, Tulsa was ranked No. 9 in the Central Region's Top-10 this past week. TU made its first appearance among the region's top teams since the 1997 season when the Hurricane, also ranked ninth, appeared in the preseason polls that year. The Hurricane remains ranked in this week's Soccer Buzz Central region rankings.

Devore Playing Like A Seasoned Veteran Despite Freshman Status:
Last season, Tulsa ranked first among its Western Athletic Conference brethren in scoring, but unfortunately the Hurricane ranked last in goalkeeping. But this season, Tulsa is off to a 2-1 start and freshman Pam Devore has played a vital role in TU's early success. Devore recorded back-to-back shutouts against in-state rivals OU and OSU to begin her collegiate career and forced second-ranked Notre Dame to take 23 shots before yielding her first goal. Devore currently sports a goals-against-average of .074 and has collected 18 saves to go with her two shutouts. Devore also received all-tournament team honors at the AT&T Wireless Oklahoma Shootout.

Twellman Named WAC Player of the Week:
University of Tulsa sophomore forward Julie Twellman was 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 WAC, just two places behind SMU.

Player Notes:
Kelly Noonan began 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).

Julie Twellman leads the Hurricane in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points. Junior Melissa McCormick (Omaha, Neb.) is the top assists leader with three.

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:
In three games played this season, TU has allowed just two goals in a total of 67 shot attempts.