Tulsa Women's Soccer Advances To C-USA Title Game
EL PASO, Texas - Tulsa's fifth-seeded women's soccer team will play in the Conference USA Championship game, as they advanced on penalty kicks over top-seeded Colorado College in the C-USA semifinals on Friday night.
The game was tied 1-1 after 120 minutes with the Golden Hurricane sealing the victory with a 5-4 advantage in penalty picks.
TU moved to 12-5-4 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 14-3-5 overall.
"I am just so excited for our program and the University," TU coach Kyle Cussen said. "We played well, not our best, but once we gave up the goal it motivated us. It gave us something to fight for and the girls all upped their game. I am proud of the way they fought and battled once we got the goal back. In overtime and into the PK's, I just can't say enough about their resilience and their heart. We are excited about moving on. It shows where we came from and where we are going. It was a great evening for our program and these guys really deserve to play in the championship."
The first half was scoreless, but Kelly Browne scored from the middle of the box from six yards out at the 52:42 mark to give Colorado College a 1-0 lead. Nearly 20 minutes later Camille Pelley evened the score as she punched in a rebound attempt from Claire Nicholson.
Neither team found the back of the net in the remainder of regulation or either 10-minute overtime period to force the game into penalty kicks. Hayley Harryman stopped CC's first attempt by Madison Whitehead, and then neither team missed a penalty kick.
Claire Hulcer, Lexis Learmonth, Bradi Hinch, Claire Nicholson and Lindsay Kirch all scored on their penalty kick attempts.
Jordan O'Brien and Nicholson both had a team-best four shots, while Hulcer had three attempts, and Pelley, Alexa Sidorakis and Kirch all had two shots. Hayley Harryman logged all 120 minutes in goal and had four saves.
TU had a 19-16 lead in shots, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal, and a 4-3 lead in corner kicks.
Tulsa will face the winner of the No.7 SMU vs. No. 3 UCF game on Sunday. Game time is set for 11 a.m. and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.