Tulsa Women's Soccer Falls In Conference USA Championship Game

Sunday, November 4th 2012, 6:06 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa's fifth-seeded women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to third-seeded UCF in the Conference USA Championship game on Sunday afternoon at University Field in El Paso, Texas.

"I am very proud of our program and where we've come from," Head Coach Kyle Cussen said. "This doesn't diminish what we've accomplished this season. Most likely our season is over, but we won't know that for sure until the bracket is announced on Monday night. This is a special team and a special group of women, and I just don't want this season to end. Our seniors came in when getting to the Conference USA Championship game was just a dream and they have made a significant difference in our program."

"Katie Bykowski has been a huge part our program, but since Claire Hulcer and Rachel Garcia usually take her goal kicks, we decided to go with Hayley in goal to help alleviate added strain on their legs. Katie has been great at supporting the team and Hayley this week, and has really been a vocal leader. She has been a huge part of us getting to this point as a program, not just because of her play this year, but all four years. I am really proud of all of our seniors and what they've helped us accomplish throughout their careers."

Nicolette Radovcic recorded her 12th goal on the year and gave UCF an early lead as she scored in the 13th minute off a combination from Andrea Rodrigues and Ashley Nicol. Jennifer Martin tallied the second goal for the Knights in the 60th minute with Bianca Joswiak and Madison Barney picking up the assists.

Claire Hulcer had a team-best three shots, while Jordan O'Brien and Claire Nicholson each had two attempts. Camille Pelley and Alexa Sidorakis both had one shot. Hayley Harryman logged all 90 minutes in goal and recorded seven saves.

UCF had a 20-9 lead in shots, including a 9-2 advantage in shots on goal, and took all six corner kicks in the contest.