TULSA, Okla. – The SIUE men's soccer team was handed its first loss of the 2013 season Sunday afternoon, suffering a 2-0 defeat to No. 22 Tulsa in the Cougars' second and final game of the Hurricane Classic.
"Going into the season, you know there are going to be highs and lows," Head Coach Kevin Kalish said after the match. "Obviously, the team is extremely disappointed with the result. I felt we deserved more from the game based on us controlling long stretches."
Tulsa (3-1-0) took the lead through tournament MVP Christian Mata in the 54th minute before Kyle Cummings added a second goal with five minutes remaining in regulation as 10-man SIUE pushed forward in search of the equalizer.
The game was an evenly-matched contest throughout, as the teams were even in shots (13-13) while the Golden Hurricane held a narrow advantage in corner kicks (6-5).
The match was scoreless until early in the second half when Mata scored from eight yards out to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
"They were able to finish similar chances that we missed earlier in the match," Kalish said. "Tulsa has a lot of attacking weapons and when you let them hang around, you'll often pay for it."
SIUE responded by creating several chances of their own, including Volesky's shot off the post in the 60th minute. But the Cougars were reduced to 10 men when Volesky was shown a straight red card in the 70th minute of play.
Tulsa took advantage and doubled its lead 15 minutes later, as Cumings scored his second goal of the season in the 85th minute.
"I am not at all disappointed in our team's overall approach and mentality," Kailsh added. "We came to play, there was no one hiding. We played well enough to win but weren't clinical enough in the box. We will learn from this game, and it will make us stronger in the long run."
The Cougars will now prepare for their home opener against Cincinnati on Friday after playing four straight road games to start the season. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Korte Stadium.
Hurricane Classic All-Tournament Team
John Berner, SIUE
Justin Bilyeu, SIUE
Christian Volesky, SIUE
Cristian Mata, Tulsa (Tournament MVP)
Cody Mumma, Tulsa
Omar Mata, Tulsa
Kyle Cumings, Tulsa
Zach Mason, Ohio State
Denio Leone, Ohio State
John Lujano, SMU
Jamie Ibarra, SMU