Gaines scored the match's opening goal, her third in the last two games
Oct. 28, 2011
TULSA, Okla.(SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team wrapped up the regular season tonight with a 2-1 win over rival Tulsa at Hurricane Stadium. The win moves the Mustangs to 11-7-1 on the season and 7-3-1 in Conference USA, while Tulsa drops to 10-7-3 overall and 4-5-2 in the league.
SMU came out quick, jumping out to 2-0 lead 20 minutes into the match.
After a Tulsa foul 40 yards out from the Hurricane net, Courtney Smith sent a ball into the box that Briana Gaines headed in for the game's opening goal in the 12th minute. The tally was the freshman's fourth of the season and third in the last two games.
Eight minutes later, Olivia Elliott punched in a shot from two yards out to make the game 2-0. The goal was Elliott's fourth on the year.
Just over a minute later, Claire Hulcer cut into the Mustangs' lead with a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net.
"We started off the game playing very well and created some great chances and got two goals early," SMU head coach Brent Erwin said. "We didn't play at that same high level all game, but did a great job to get a big win on the road. Credit to Tulsa as it was their homecoming and senior night and they scored a good goal and fought hard."
SMU held Tulsa scoreless for the remainder of the match to hold on for the one-goal victory. The Mustangs held a 5-4 edge in shots on goal with Gaines leading the way with two.
With the win, SMU secured the No. 3 seed in 2011 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Mustangs match time and opponent are still yet to be determined.