Oct. 3, 2000
TU Splits WAC games, Downs Arkansas, 3-2:
In three games last week, Tulsa recorded a 2-1 mark and split its first two Western Athletic Conference matches of the season.
In its final non-conference matchup before league action began, Tulsa continued its dominance over Arkansas with a 3-2 victory in Fayetteville. The Hurricane extended its advantage in the overall series to 14-4-1. Sophomore Marcie Ferguson (San Antonio, Texas) started in place of an injured Kelly Noonan (St. Louis, Mo.) and tallied two goals. Junior Melissa McCormick (Omaha, Neb.) netted the game's first score off a corner kick from freshman Katie Schlecht (Derby, Kan.).
Over the weekend, Tulsa opened the 2000 conference season at home against TCU and #24 SMU.
TU sophomore Julie Twellman (Columbia, Mo.) scored two unassisted goals in a 2-0 shutout victory against TCU.
Against SMU, Twellman scored a first half goal off a Melissa McCormick pass, but the Mustangs netted two goals in the first half to lead 2-1 at intermission. Freshman Emily Trost (St. Louis, Mo.) tied the game in the second half, but the Ponies prevailed in overtime, 3-2.
The Hurricane Invades the West Coast:
Tulsa (6-4-1, 1-1 WAC) makes the annual trek to the West Coast for conference games against defending WAC regular season champion, Fresno State, and San Jose State.
TU invades Fresno State (8-4, 2-0) on Friday, Oct. 6. The game will begin at 9:00 p.m. (CST) at Bulldog Stadium. Fresno State won the only meeting in the series last season in Tulsa.
Two days later, Tulsa travels to San Jose State (5-7-1, 1-1 WAC) for a 3:00 p.m. (CST) Sunday match at Spartan Stadium. San Jose State leads the all-time series with Tulsa, 1-0, winning 4-1 last year.
Twellman Breaks into School's Top-10 for Goals, Points:
With her two-goal performance against TCU, Julie Twellman broke into the school's top-10 list for points and goals scored. In just under two seasons, Twellman has scored 18 goals and collected eight assists for 44 points. She ranks 10th in both categories. Twellman is 10 points away from Lori Shelton (1988-92), who is ninth-place with 54 points to rank among TU's all-time scoring leaders. On Tulsa's career goals list, Twellman is one score shy of catching Shelton, who is in ninth place with 19 goals.
TU Sophomore Trio Producing Big Numbers:
In 11 games this season, the Hurricane has scored 25 goals and earned 20 assists for 70 points. A majority of TU's scoring production has come from a trio of sophomores. Julie Twellman, Marcie Ferguson and Liz Benoist (St. Louis, Mo.) have combined for 12 goals and eight assists for 32 points. Twellman is first on the team in goals (9) and points (21). Ferguson has three goals and is second on the team in assists with four, while Benoist has one assist this season.
With 12 assists, Kelly Noonan is currently in a two-way tie with former Hurricane standout Jenny Simms (1993-96) for seventh place among TU's all-time assists leaders. Noonan needs just two more assists to catch Paige Mayer (1994-98), who is in sixth-place with 14.
Junior Melissa McCormick (Omaha, Neb.) is within striking distance of the school's top-10 scoring leaders. With 37 career points (14g/9a) McCormick is just seven points shy of Julie Twellman's 10th place mark of 44 points. With five assists this season, McCormick is just two assists shy of the school's single-season record of seven.
Julie Davidson has eight career assists and needs three to reach 10th place among the school's career assists leaders.
Freshman goalkeeper Pam Devore (Derby, Kan.) recorded her third career shutout against TCU. The three shutouts ranks fifth among TU's all-time goalkeepers.
Of TU's four losses this season, three have come during overtime . . . TU's only regulation loss was a 2-0 defeat to Notre Dame, who is currently the top-ranked team in the nation.