Women’s soccer builds on best start, now 8–0

The Golden Hurricane women’s soccer team continued their unbeaten streak to start the season with a pair of shutout wins this weekend—while also setting a school record in consecutive shutouts at six.

On Friday, Tulsa faced off against Indiana State. The Sycamores played aggressively in Tulsa’s half of the field early in the game, creating a few chances that bounced off the post. The Golden Hurricane looked vulnerable during these attacks, but managed to regroup and improve their possession as the half played out.

Later in the half, Tulsa had their own offensive opportunities, but couldn’t convert. Sycamore goalkeeper Brittany San Roman made some high quality saves to keep the game scoreless, and it remained so until halftime.

Early in the second half, the Golden Hurricane finally had a breakthrough. Elisa Impagliazzo converted from a cross by Annie Sohmer, and Tulsa took a 1–0 lead.

That lead would last the remainder of the game. Despite their shots that hit the post early in the game, the Sycamores didn’t put a shot on target until late in the second half, and Tulsa goalkeeper Courtney McKeon was able to save those shots.

On Saturday Tulsa had to play a second consecutive game, this time against the Cardinals of Incarnate Word. However, it didn’t take long for the Golden Hurricane to settle into a rhythm in this game. They commanded possession early, and created many opportunities to score.

The first goal came in the 17th minutes, as Tana Dake converted a shot from 20 yards out on the right side of the field, shooting accurately into the upper left-hand corner of the goal.

Tulsa took a 1–0 lead, and kept the pressure on. Within a minute of Dake’s goal, Rachel Thun, who assisted Dake on the goal, shot from a similar spot on the opposite side of the field, but her shot whistled just inches over the crossbar. Seconds later, Roman Edwards sent a cross into the box, and Thun volleyed a shot that the Cardinals goalkeeper was able to save. Even with this offensive pressure, the score was still 1–0 heading into halftime.

On the other side of the break, Tulsa wasted no time in getting back on the scoreboard, as Claire Maris scored off of a corner kick. Incarnate Word’s goalkeeper was able to reach the initial header, but Maris was there to put home the rebound.

Caitlin Jancuska followed Maris’ goal with one of her own, just a minute later, pushing the lead out to 3–0. Roman Edwards concluded the scoring with a goal from the right side of the box off of a pass from Kajal Parmar.

In the 4–0 win, the Golden Hurricane kept the Cardinals from getting a single shot on goal, while recording 16 of their own.

With the wins, Tulsa moves to 8–0 on the season, increasing their record longest unbeaten streak to start a season.

The Golden Hurricane return to action on Friday against Oklahoma, in Norman. First kick is at 7:00.

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