The Golden Hurricane men’s soccer finished the regular season on a high note, shutting out the Memphis Tigers 2–0 at home.
The game was an even contest throughout most of the game. Neither team was able to create a scoring opportunity that beat the goalkeepers in the first half, sending the game into the break with a scoreless draw.
As the second half wore on, the game remained scoreless. Down the stretch, though, Tulsa was able to take the lead. Jacob Gooden put the Golden Hurricane in front with a nice flick at the 72-minute mark, and Matt Puig followed that up by earning and converting a penalty kick in the 86th minute to secure the 2–0 win.
Head Coach Tom McIntosh talked about the win postgame.
“It was a tough game. I thought Memphis played very well. They bottled us up in the first half and we weren’t able to create a lot of good chances, but our guys hung in there and in the second half it opened up a little bit. Jacob Gooden scored a tremendous goal and then Matt Puig made a run on a counter and got the PK. Our back line was pretty good through much of the night. I am happy for the seniors with the senior night and getting the win.”
Tulsa’s final record for the regular season is 9–4–4 (4–2–1 American Athletic Conference). That record earned them the second seed behind only South Florida heading into the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament in Tampa, FL. They will play against the No. 3 seeded UConn Huskies on Friday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinal match.