Tulsa Women's Soccer Beats SMU 2-1
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Golden Hurricane women's soccer team finished their regular season with a 2-1 win over SMU Friday night in Tulsa. TU moved to 11-5-3 on the season and 6-3-2 in Conference USA, while SMU fell to 8-7-4 overall and 4-3-4 in the league.
The win gave TU its 11th win on the season, the most since TU went 13-6-1 in 2000. The Golden Hurricane already guaranteed a winning season and posted double-digit wins for the second consecutive year.
Senior Rebecca Handley put Tulsa on the board as she scored a goal from five yards out off a cross from teammate Claire Hulcer at the 32:50 mark. This was Handley's seventh goal of the season and her third goal in as many games. SMU's Shelby Redman evened the score less than a minute later as she scored a penalty kick after TU was called for a foul in the box.
In the second half, senior Stephanie Aitken redirected a shot taken by Jordan O'Brien to score the game-winner in the 70th minute.
Hulcer, Aitken and Bradi Hinch each had three shots in the game, while Camille Pelley and Handley both had two attempts. Senior Katie Bykowski played all 90 minutes between the posts and picked up four saves.
Tulsa had a 16-11 lead in shots, including a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal, while the Mustangs had a 7-3 lead in corner kicks.
After the game TU honored its seven seniors, including Aitken, Bykowski, Rachel Garcia, Handley, Hulcer, Lexis Learmonth and Shelby Steele.
Tulsa will learn its seed and opponent in the Conference USA Championship, hosted by UTEP in El Paso, Texas, when the league announces the bracket later tonight.