Tulsa 2, SMU 1



Dallas - Junior All-American Ryan Pore scored two goals, including the game-winner in double-overtime on a free kick, to send Tulsa into the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over second-ranked SMU in front of a raucous crowd of 1,406 at Westcott Field.

With time winding down in the second overtime period, an SMU player was called for a handball just outside the penalty box. Pore lined up for the attempt and fired the ball into the top right corner for the game-winner. The goal marked Pore's 22nd of the year, which broke the school's single-season record of 21 set by former All-American Frank Velez in 1991.

"The upper right corner is a spot I like and I always try to go there," Pore said. "I saw them putting players over on that side, so I hit the ball pretty hard and they didn't stop it."

Tulsa will play the winner of the Indiana-Boston College game for the right to advance to the NCAA College Cup at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Hoosiers are the defending national champions. The Golden Hurricane improves to 12-6-4 overall this season, while SMU ended its season at 16-4-1.

"SMU is a very good team," Tulsa Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "They have the best back-line in the nation, but we didn't mind playing them for a third time. We believed we could beat them, but as the game wore on we didn't want to have to go to penalty kicks. It was a very even game and it's too bad one team had to lose."

SMU's Alex Smith broke a scoreless tie in the second half when he corralled a loose ball in front of the net, spun around and tapped a shot into the left side of the net with his left foot at the 29:08 minute mark. The scoring play began when TU freshman goalkeeper Dominic Cervi blocked a shot by SMU's Jay Needham, but did not control the ball.

Tulsa attempted to answer minutes later, but freshman Todd Goddard's shot from the right side sailed just wide and just outside the left post.

Earlier in the half, Smith almost put the Mustangs on the board with a free kick from the top of the penalty box. But his attempt nailed the left post and bounced out of bounds.

The Mustangs looked to have all the momentum with its goal, but an SMU player gave the Golden Hurricane new life by hand-balling a pass inside the penalty box and the officials awarded TU with a penalty kick.

Pore stepped up for the penalty kick at the 23:04 minute mark and converted the charity shot into his 21st goal of the goal of the a year.

Both teams had several close calls in the final minutes, but Cervi made several crucial saves, while his counterpart, SMU's T.J. Tomasso, stood his ground on a flurry of shots, but came up with a save that kept the Hurricane out of the net.

Goddard had a chance to win the game for TU in regulation with 0:20 remaining, but Tomasso again was there for a clutch save, and the game concluded with a 1-1 tie in regulation and was sent into overtime. The extra session marked the sixth for the Hurricane in 2004.

In the first overtime, Tulsa had several chances to end the game, but Pore was brought down twice inside the penalty box and no foul call was made. The Hurricane maintained possession on SMU's half of the field for a majority of the first overtime period, but a stingy SMU defense never broke and the game was sent into a second and final 10-minute period.

Tulsa and SMU played to a scoreless tie in the first half. Both defenses dominated play during the opening period. The Mustangs out-shot the Golden Hurricane, 7-4, including five shots-on-goal, and did not surrender a shot on goal to Tulsa.

SMU had the best chance to scored midway through the period with several point-blank looks, but a save by Cervi and a team save by a TU defender turned the Mustangs away.

--Courtesy Tulsa