Sept. 19, 2000
TU Falls to ORU, Tops Texas Tech:
For the first time in school history, Tulsa dropped a game to cross-town foe Oral Roberts. Last week in the Fourth Annual Mazzio's T-Town Shootout, the Golden Eagles took the Golden Hurricane to overtime and scored with just 46 seconds gone by in overtime to win, 2-1. The senior tandem of Julie Davidson (St. Charles, Mo.) and Kelly Noonan (St. Louis, Mo.) accounted for TU's only point as Davidson scored the goal and Noonan provided the assist.
Tulsa quickly regrouped and posted a 2-1 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Sunday. TU junior Beth Taruscio (Tulsa, Okla.) tallied the game-winning goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest. Sophomore Julie Twellman (Columbia, Mo.) picked up the assist on Taruscio's goal. Davidson scored Tulsa's first goal on a penalty kick in the first half.
Up Next For The Hurricane:
Tulsa (4-2-1) continues a four-game road trip this week in Colorado. The Hurricane travels to Colorado Springs to face Colorado College (8-2) at 7:00 p.m. this Friday (9/22). Colorado College leads the overall series, 4-1-1, but the Hurricane captured the last contest, 2-0, in 1998.
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Tulsa makes the short trip from Colorado Springs to Denver to square off against the University of Denver (3-2-2) at 12 noon. TU leads the overall series 2-1 after capturing a 2-1 double overtime win in Tulsa last season.
TU Seniors Noonan, Davidson Leading by Example:
Tulsa's two seniors, Julie Davidson and Kelly Noonan, have each stepped up their game this season to provide the Hurricane with proven leadership. Davidson accounted for two of three goals the Hurricane scored last week. Noonan has two goals and two assists for six points, which is second on the team.
Devore Continues Steady Play:
Tulsa freshman goalkeeper Pam Devore (Derby, Kan.) has already collected 53 saves in seven games this season. The school mark for single-season saves is 120, which was set by Liz Fowler during the 1989 campaign. Devore missed the school single-game record of 15 by just two saves when she recorded 13 saves against Oral Roberts. She has allowed just six goals this season for a goal-against-average of 0.92, and also has two shutouts and one shared shutout to her credit.
Hurricane Sweeps Big 12 Opponents:
With its 2-1 victory over Texas Tech, Tulsa swept all three Big 12 Conference opponents on this year's schedule. TU opened the 2000 season with back-to-back wins over Oklahoma (2-0) and Oklahoma State (5-0). Tulsa outscored its Big 12 opponents, 9-1, in three games.
TU Frosh Earning Valuable Playing Time:
Six of Tulsa's freshmen have earned at least one start this season, while four freshmen have started all seven games during the 2000 campaign including Emily Trost (Ellisville, Mo.), Staci Morgan (Owasso, Okla.), Angie Bowman (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Pam Devore.
Kelly Noonan picked up her 12th career assist in TU's 2-1 overtime loss against Oral Roberts and moved into a two-way tie for seventh place with former Hurricane standout Jenny Simms (1993-96). Noonan needs just two more assists to catch Paige Mayer (1994-98), who is in sixth-place with 14.
With 40 career points (14g/12a) Kelly Noonan claimed sole possession of 10th place among the school's career scoring leaders.
Sophomore Julie Twellman and junior Melissa McCormick (Omaha, Neb.) are each within striking distance of the school's top-10 scoring leaders. Twellman has 36 career points (14g/8a), while McCormick trails by two points (13g/8a). Both players need to reach 40 points to tie Kelly Noonan and break into the top-10.
Despite the loss to Oral Roberts, Tulsa claimed the Oklahoma "State Championship" with a 2-1 mark against schools from the "Sooner" state . . . TU has allowed just six goals in seven games for a 0.82 GAA . . . the Hurricane ranks second among WAC teams in non-conference play . . . TU has outscored its opponents 15-6 through seven games this season, and the Hurricane holds a 9-2 edge for goals scored in the first period.