Tulsa Falls to South Carolina in C-USA Championship Match, 1-0
Memphis, Tenn. – Tulsa’s hunt for it’s fourth-straight Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship fell short today as the 25th-ranked and sixth-seeded Golden Hurricane dropped a 1-0 decision to fourth-seeded South Carolina in the C-USA Championship match on Sunday afternoon at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn. TU fell to 11-6-2 on the season, while USC moved to 12-6-2 overall.
This marked the fifth time in the league’s six-year history that TU advanced to the championship match, as the Golden Hurricane claimed the tournament title in 2007, 2008 and 2009.In that same time, Tulsa has tallied an 11-3-2 overall record in the tournament.
“We had a good run coming into the tournament and we really started to play better the last two weeks,” Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. “We played very well in the first half, but we lost our way in the second half, but I am proud of our guys. I certainly congratulate South Carolina because they fought hard today. It’s a tough way to lose on a penalty kick, but that is the way it goes sometimes. We will wait and see where we go from here. We will get ourselves healthy and be ready for the NCAA Tournament.”
South Carolina’s Stephen Morrissey scored the game-winning golden goal in the 107th minute, as he drilled in a penalty kick in double-overtime.
Ashley McInnes, Hunter Christiansen and Austin Neil each had a team-leading three shots in the contest, while Ray Clark logged all 106:47 in goal and picked up seven saves.
USC outshot TU, 19-12, including an 8-4 lead in shots on goal.The Gamecocks also had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The NCAA will announce the 2010 Men’s Soccer Tournament field on Monday afternoon.
Stephen Morrissey (USC) at 106:47 (penalty kick)
Ray Clark (Tulsa) – 7
Jimmy Maurer (USC) – 4