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Tulsa Women's Soccer Weekly Release #8

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Oct. 17, 2000

Tulsa Captures Key Wins Over Nevada, Hawaii:
The Hurricane concluded the Western Athletic Conference home portion of the schedule last week against Nevada and Hawaii. TU claimed a 3-0 shutout against the Wolf Pack in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Senior Julie Davidson (St. Charles, Mo.) contributed an assist on each of Tulsa's first two goals. Junior Melissa McCormick (Omaha, Neb.) scored the Hurricane's first point of the game in the first half. Freshman Emily Trost (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Marcie Ferguson (San Antonio, Texas) each tallied goals in the second period to secure the win.

Against Hawaii, the Rainbow Wahine scored first, but the Hurricane then responded with back-to-back goals by senior Kelly Noonan (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Beth Taruscio (Tulsa, Okla.) in the first half to lead, 2-1, at halftime. Noonan added her second goal of the game early in the second half, but Hawaii tallied two scores to tie the game at 3-3. Julie Davidson scored the game-winning goal with 3:10 remaining in the game off a free kick from 30 yards out.

TU Closes Out WAC Play This Weekend At UTEP:
Tulsa (9-5-1, 4-2 WAC) will look to secure a second-place finish during the WAC regular season when it closes out its conference slate at UTEP (7-8, 3-3 WAC) on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tulsa has never finished higher than third in its five seasons as a WAC member. The Golden Hurricane leads the overall series with the Miners, 2-1-1, after a 3-2 overtime win last season in Tulsa.

Devore Continues Record Climb:
Freshman goalkeeper Pam Devore (Derby, Kan.) continued her climb up TU's list for career and single-season saves last week against Nevada and Hawaii. Devore notched her sixth shutout of the season against Nevada, which ranks fifth on the school's career shutouts chart. In addition, she has already collected 90 saves this season, which ranks fourth all-time among TU's goalkeepers. With three games remaining in the regular season, Devore needs 30 saves to break the school's single-season record of 120 set by Liz Fowler (1987-90) during the 1989 season and three shutouts to tie Fowler for career shutouts.

Davidson Named WAC PLayer of the Week:
Senior Julie Davidson has been named the WAC Player of the Week for Oct. 9-15. For the week, Davidson collected two assists against Nevada and scored the game-winning goal against Hawaii. She inserted her name into TU's list of all-time assists leaders with 11 career assists. She is tied with former Hurricane standouts Amy Edwards (1988-91) and Amber Farr (1995-98). Over the last two seasons, Davidson has produced 11 goals and nine assists for 31 points. Her game-winning goal against Hawaii marked the fourth of her career. All four goals have either been scored off a free kick or corner kick.

Player Notes:
With 13 career assists, Kelly Noonan is currently in seventh place among TU's all-time assists leaders and needs just one more assist to catch Paige Mayer (1994-98), who is in sixth-place with 14.

Junior Melissa McCormick is within striking distance of the school's top-10 scoring leaders. With 41 career points (16g/9a) McCormick is just four points shy of Kelly Noonan's 10th place mark of 45 points. With five assists this season, McCormick is just two assists away from the school's single-season record of seven.

Freshman Emily Trost is one of several student-athletes from around the nation currently featured on the College Soccer Online web page under College Soccer News. Trost's story can be accessed via the internet at www.collegesoccer.com.

Junior Beth Taruscio recorded her best game of the season against Hawaii. Taruscio scored one goal and picked up one assist for three points. For the season, she has two goals and three assists for seven points.