Nov. 22, 2009

Courtesy of Tulsa

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Tulsa, Oklahoma -Tulsa's Ashley McInnes netted a goal at the 97:30 mark for a 4-3 overtime win over Saint Louis to send the seventh-ranked Golden Hurricane men's soccer team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. TU moved to 14-4-2 on the season, while the Billikens fell to 15-7 overall. This is Tulsa's second time in school history to advance past the second round, as the Golden Hurricane fell to Indiana in the quarterfinals of the 2004 tournament.

"I think we started the game really well," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "We got forward quickly, created chances and caused them problems, but our back line got too deep and we lost a lot of loose balls. We battled well and responded well in overtime. This was a good win against a really good team, and now we are going to prepare for Northwestern."

TU will host Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the third round. The Golden Hurricane and Wildcats met earlier this season in the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and Northwestern came away with a 3-2 overtime win at the NIU Invitational in Dekalb, Ill.

Austin Neil put Tulsa on the board with his goal off a cross from McInnes in the 21st minute, and Blaine Gonsalves scored 74 seconds later for the two-goal cushion.

SLU's Alexi Sweetin scored his first goal of the contest at the 37:31 mark from 15 yards out on the left side and TU took a 2-1 lead into the break.

In the second half, Jose Parada picked up the ball at midfield and drove the ball down the field for a goal in the 67th minute, but Sweetin scored his second goal five minutes later as he drove 30 yards down the field for an unassisted goal.

With just four seconds remaining in regulation, James Dice punched in a goal from 10 yards out on the right side as he picked up a loose ball after a free kick taken by Tim Ream to force overtime.

McInnes scored the game-winning goal off a cross from Joe Salem into the right side of the net.

McInnes has a team-leading five shots, four of which were on goal, one goal and one assist. Neil attempted three shots, while Hunter Christiansen and Kilian Poeschk each had two shots. Andy Aguilar logged all 97:30 in goal and earned four saves.

Tulsa out-shot Saint Louis, 16-13, including an 8-7 lead in shots on goal, and had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Scoring Summary
Tulsa    2    1    1    -    4
Saint Louis    1    2    0    -    3

Individual Scoring Austin Neil (Tulsa) at 20:48 (Ashley McInnes) Blaine Gonsalves (Tulsa) at 22:02 (unassisted) Alex Sweetin (SLU) at 37:31 (Michael Robson) Jose Parada (Tulsa) at 66:38 (unassisted) Alex Sweetin (SLU) at 71:57 (unassisted) James Dice (SLU) at 89:56 (Tim Ream) Ashley McInnes (Tulsa) at 97:30 (Joe Salem)

Goalkeeper Saves Andy Aguilar (Tulsa) - 4 Ross Kaufman (Tulsa) - 4