Tulsa Men's Soccer Team Announces 2012 Schedule
May 14, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Eight NCAA Tournament teams from the 2011 season, including College Cup teams UCLA and Creighton, highlight the 2012 men's soccer schedule, as announced today by Head Coach Tom McIntosh. The Hurricane schedule also features nine teams that posted double-digit wins and seven teams that concluded the season ranked among the nation's top-25 a year ago.
"We have put together one of the best non-conference schedules in the country, which is no different than any other year," McIntosh said. "We are happy to have so many quality home games that will be great for our fans and local soccer community to see. In addition to the excellent non-conference schedule, we are looking forward to an exciting Conference USA season, a conference that was rated among the top three in the country in 2011."
The Golden Hurricane will begin the season with three-straight home matches at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium, including UMKC in the season opener on Aug. 25th. The Kangaroos tallied five wins and finished fifth in the Summit League last year. This will be the 12th meeting between the two teams on the soccer pitch, as TU owns a 9-1-1 lead in the all-time series.
Up next for TU is the annual Hurricane Classic, featuring three teams that finished the 2011 season ranked among the nation's top-15 - New Mexico, South Florida and SMU. The Hurricane will take on New Mexico, which advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship, on Aug. 31st. The Lobos tallied an 18-0-4 overall record and concluded the regular season ranked at No. 1 by both Soccer America and Soccer Times. TU will then face South Florida on Sept. 2nd. The Bulls recorded 13 wins, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, and finished the year ranked sixth by the NSCAA, College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. UNM has a 6-4-1 advantage in the series with Tulsa, while USF has a 1-0-1 lead against the Hurricane.
TU will take to the road for a four-game stretch, including matchups against UCLA (Sept. 7) and Loyola Marymount (Sept. 9) in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bruins notched an 18-4-2 mark last season, won the Pac 12 Championship and advanced to the College Cup, before falling in the semifinals to eventual National Champion North Carolina. UCLA won the only previous matchup with Tulsa, a 6-0 decision in 1993, while the Hurricane has a 2-0-1 lead against the Lions, which posted seven wins a year ago.
Tulsa will then travel to Dallas for the annual SMU Classic, facing UC Davis (Sept. 14) and Oakland (Sept. 16). The Aggies recorded seven wins, while the Grizzlies totaled six victories last season. This will be the first meeting with UC Davis, while the series is tied 1-1 against Oakland.
The Hurricane will open league action against South Carolina on Sept. 21, the first of three-straight home matches. The Gamecocks shared the regular season C-USA Championship, advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, earned nine wins and with their win over TU took a 5-4-2 lead in the all-time series.
Non-conference foe Creighton comes to town on Sept. 25th, while C-USA's Marshall makes the trip on Sept. 29th. The Bluejays tallied an impressive 21-2-1 record, won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, advanced to the College Cup before falling in the semifinals and concluded the season ranked second by the Soccer Times. The Thundering Herd registered eight wins and finished fifth in C-USA a year ago. Creighton has a 15-8-2 advantage in the series with the Hurricane, while TU leads Marshall 6-2-1 overall.
Tulsa makes the trip to Dallas for the second time of the season, this time to face league-rival SMU on Oct. 3rd. The Mustangs, which have won 26 of the 35 meetings with the Hurricane, won the C-USA Tournament crown last year, advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament and concluded the season ranked 13th by Soccer America.
TU returns home to close out non-conference action against Nebraska Omaha on Oct. 8th, the first meeting between the two teams, before returning to the road to face Memphis and UAB on Oct. 13th and 16th, respectively. The Tigers earned 11 wins and finished sixth in the league, while the Blazers recorded 13 wins, shared the regular season C-USA Championship, advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament and concluded the year ranked 16th by Soccer America. Memphis has a narrow, 4-3-1 lead in the series with Tulsa, while the Hurricane owns an 8-2-1 advantage in the series with UAB.
UCF comes to Tulsa on Oct. 21st and Kentucky follows on Oct. 27th for the final regular-season home contest. The Knights captured 12 wins, advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament and were ranked 25th in the final Soccer Times poll, while the Wildcats posted 10 victories. TU leads the series with UCF, 7-1-1, as well as the series with UK, 6-5-1.
Tulsa will take on FIU in Miami, Fla., on Nov. 2nd for the final regular season contest. The Panthers finished eighth in the league with six wins a year ago. The Hurricane boasts an 8-0-1 advantage in the series with FIU.
UAB hosts the Conference USA Championship on Nov. 7-11, in Birmingham, Ala.