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Tulsa Women's Soccer Team Falls 3-2 to #13 Penn State

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Claire Nicholson and Camille Pelley each netted a goal, but it wasn't enough as the Tulsa women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to 13th-ranked Penn State on Sunday afternoon at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. TU fell to 5-2 on the season, while PSU moved to 6-1-1 overall.

Mallory Weber gave the Nittany Lions a 1-0 advantage as she headed in a goal from four yards out off a combination from Emily Hurd and Taylor Schram in the 23rd minute, and PSU took the lead into the break.

Nicholson knotted up the score as she drilled in a penalty kick at the 57:14 mark, but Tani Costa earned Penn State the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute off an assist from Hurd.

Pelley evened the score again as she tapped in goal from seven yards out off a combination from Lindsay Kirch to Kajal Parmar at the 85:28 mark, but with just 20-seconds left to play in regulation Maya Hayes scored from 15 yards out off a pass from Schram to win the game for the Nittany Lions.

Kirch led TU with three shots, while Pelley had two attempts and six others took one shot for the Hurricane. Hayley Harryman logged all 90 minutes between the posts and earned four saves.

Tulsa will return to action on Friday, Sept. 20th against Cal State-Northridge. Game time is set for 9:30 pm Central in Northridge, California.


Halsmer's heroics lift ORU over Arkansas State, 3-2

TULSA, Okla. – Mary-Kate Halsmer put in her seventh career game-winner on Sunday to lift the Oral Roberts University women's soccer team to a 3-2 victory in overtime against Arkansas State at the Case Soccer Complex.

The Golden Eagles close out non-conference play with a 5-2 record, while Arkansas State fell to 3-3-2 following their weekend trip to Tulsa.

Both squads struggled getting anything going through the first 60 minutes of action. However, ASU scored a pair of goals in a three minute span as Katey Carmichael converted on goal on a loose ball in the box and Samhia Simao took a through ball from Mykel Ward in the 64th for the second goal.

In a 2-0 hole, the ORU offense began to pick up its attack with 20 minutes remaining regulation. In the 77th minute, Kaily Cox got a head on the ball off a corner kick by Ashley Martin, putting the header into the right corner of the net for the goal.

It was Cox's first goal as a Golden Eagle.

Four minutes later, Megan Giles drew a hard foul in the penalty area, setting up the second ORU penalty kick in three matches. Jennifer Abernathy was called upon for the attempt, blasting it past the ASU keeper for an easy goal.

Abernathy capped a great week in which she scored four goals in a seven day span.

Finally, just three minutes into extra time, the Golden Eagles got the golden goal from Halsmer. Giles dribbled the ball along the right side of the pitch, pushing it across the field to a waiting Halsmer who converted an easy game-winner.

It was Halsmer's third goal and second game-winner of the season, while Giles picked up her second assist of the year.

Despite allowing two goals in the midst of traffic in the box, Maddie Rhodes played well in her second start of the season, earning five saves in the victory. Amanda Lee took the loss for ASU, also knocking away five ORU shots.

Abernathy led the ORU squad with four shots on goal, taking 11 total, while Cox had two shots on target.

The Golden Eagles will take the pitch Nacogdoches, Texas, on Friday evening as they kick off Southland Conference action against league favorite Stephen F. Austin.


Tulsa's 13th-Ranked Men's Soccer Team Outlasts Hartwick, 3-2, in Overtime

Dallas, Texas – Cristian Mata scored two goals and Omar Mata netted the game-winner to give Tulsa's 13th-ranked men's soccer team a 3-2 overtime win over Hartwick on Sunday afternoon in the SMU Classic at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas. TU moved to 4-1-1 on the season, while Hartwick fell to 0-4-2 overall.

Cristian gave TU an early lead, scoring from six yards out off an assist from Kyle Cumings with just 3:05 ticked off the clock. He scored again in the 24th minute, this time off an assist from Akeil Barrett.

Chris Walter put one into the back of the net for Hawks from 18 yards out with 82:58 on the clock, and then in the 87th minute Max Walcott evened the score off an assist from Dean Fowler to force overtime.

Omar scored the game-winning goal at the 98:46 mark off a free kick from 20 yards out in the first overtime period.

Cristian led the Hurricane attack with six shots, four of which were on goal, while Barrett and Tony Rocha had two shots apiece.

Tulsa had a narrow 15-14 lead in shots, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal, and a 4-2 lead in corner kicks.

Tulsa will return to action on Friday, Sept. 20th against Valparaiso. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium on the TU campus.


Cowgirls Earn Draw With Washington State

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State battled Washington State to a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

All four goals in the match came before intermission. The Cowgirls are now 3-2-3 on the season, while WSU is 5-0-2.

Micaela Castain put the Cougars on top early, netting a goal from 30-yards out on a free kick in the 12th minute.

Six minutes later, OSU got the equalizer when Allie Stephenson delivered a shot from near the endline that found the far post to tie the score at 1-1.

Courtney Dike would give the home team the lead in the 43rd minute, netting her team-leading seventh goal of the season off an assist from Haley Maurice as she delivered a shot from six-yards out.

OSU's lead was short lived, however, as just 48 seconds later, Castain came through with her second goal of the match to knot things up at 2-2.

While there were no scores over the final 65 minutes, there were plenty of chances, especially for the Cougars, who finished with a 20-6 advantage in shots.

In the 57th minute, WSU's Kourtney Guetlein had an open-net chance after beating Cowgirl goalie Rosa Medina, but she sent her shot wide.

OSU had a trio of strong scoring opportunities in the second half. Dike had a pair of shots in a four-second span in the 60th minute, the first of which hit the post, and an Allie Stephenson free kick from 23-yards out sailed just wide in the 79th minute.

The Cougars outshot OSU, 4-0, in the two overtime periods and nearly recorded the golden goal twice. In the first overtime, Medina made a game-saving play, sliding and winning the ball from Cara Wegner before she could attempt a shot. And in the second extra period, WSU scored what it thought was the game winner before learning they had been whistled for a foul to disallow the score.

"Our opportunities were few and far between so the fact we scored two was pleasing," Carmichael said. "(WSU) is a great defensive team, and they looked very good going forward against us. You have to credit them for being strong and being very physical with us."

OSU returns to action Friday when the Cowgirls travel to Houston to take on Rice.


Soccer Blanked by North Texas

Norman, Okla. -- Despite posting a statistically even effort at the OU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma soccer team fell by a score of 5-0 to the North Texas Mean Green in front of a crowd of 326 fans. Forward Rachel Holden put up a hat trick for North Texas (6-2-0) while the Sooners (3-5-0) were unable to capitalize off 13 shots (eight on goal).

North Texas outshot the Sooners by a margin of 8-3 in the first half, including a 5-0 shot on goal advantage. The Mean Green struck first in the contest at the 9:11 mark when Kelsey Hodges sent in a free kick from the right that Amber Haggerty fired past Stade. North Texas boosted their lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute as Haggerty tallied an assist to Rachel Holden for a goal. Though Stade made a stellar save in goal on Haggerty's initial shot, Holden managed to sneak the ball past Stade just moments later.

The Sooners came out firing in the second half, outshooting the Mean Green by a margin of 9-4 while adding eight shots on goal. OU struggled to capitalize on their opportunities as North Texas goalkeeper Haley Riley made eight saves to keep the Sooners off the board. NT's hot streak on offense continued as Holden posted two more goals in the 67th and 72nd minutes of play to earn her second hat trick of the season.

Oklahoma surrendered their final goal of the match as time ran out in the game's final minute. Allison Harper took an assist from Jackie Moreau and put the ball past Stade to set the final score at 5-0.

The Sooners will hit the road next weekend for a pair of road matches in the state of Utah. OU will open the weekend on Thursday, Sept. 19 against No. 6 BYU in Provo, Utah at 8 p.m. CT. The squad will then travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. CT.

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