Around the American Soccer: Tulsa winless in the conference, Temple on a win streak 

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While UCF tops the AAC standings, Tulsa has not found as much success.  Photo by Pixabay via Pexels

While UCF tops the AAC standings, Tulsa has not found as much success. Photo by Pixabay via Pexels

Tulsa (4-9-1, 0-5 The American) has yet to win a match in the American Conference. On Sunday, the Golden Hurricane traveled to Memphis which resulted in a 2-1 defeat in overtime. Defender Rooks Hunter scored the first goal of the match for Tulsa in the 32nd minute, his first of the season in 10 appearances; however the Tigers didn’t take long to equalize the match when midfielder Peyton McKnatt scored seven minutes later, his first in 11 appearances. The match remained even in the second half as Tulsa took six shots and Memphis took seven, which resulted in the match going to overtime. Twenty seconds into the first half of overtime Tigers’ forward Sam Ashton scored the golden goal, his 10th in 12 appearances. Tulsa remains at the bottom of the conference and will play Temple on Friday at home. 

Temple (7-6-1, 3-1-1 The American) is currently on a four-game win streak following its 2-1 victory at home against UConn on Saturday. The Owls were the first to score on their pitch as defender Mickael Borger headed the ball into the back of the net, his second goal in 13 appearances, from a free kick by defender Esteban Suarez. Nearly 10 minutes later the Huskies managed to equalize the match when defender Jake Dengler scored, his second goal in 15 appearances. At the end of the first half, the Huskies were the more dominant side, having six shots while Tulsa had only one; however that changed in the second half where Temple had seven shots compared to UConn’s three. The Huskies went down to 10 players as Dengler was shown a red card in the 53rd minute. Seven minutes after his ejection, the Owls scored their second and final goal of the match in the 60th minute by defender Pierre Cayet, his second goal in 14 appearances. Temple is currently fourth in the conference and will play against Tulsa on Friday at home. 

UCF (10-1-2, 4-0-1 The American) remains on top of the AAC standings as they currently maintain a three-game win streak following their 1-0 victory against USF on Saturday. The first half was in favor of the Knights as they had eight shots compared to USF’s three, however neither side managed to score a goal. In the second half, the Knights were able to put in a goal in the 49th minute by forward Jonas Schmalbach, his second goal in 13 appearances. The second half remained about even as UCF had eight shots while USF had 10. UCF is set to play Memphis at home on Friday. 

Following its 5-0 victory against Stetson last Tuesday, SMU (12-1-1, 3-1-1 The American) found itself victorious again as they defeated Cincinnati 7-1 on Saturday. Mustangs forward Garrett McLaughlin was quick to secure his hat trick as he scored the first three goals of the match in the 14th, 18th and 23rd minutes. The Mustangs scored once more before the end of the first half by midfielder Nicky Hernandez in the 32nd minute, his fourth goal in 14 appearances. To further secure the win, McLaughlin score two more goals in the 51st and 63rd minutes, his 14th goal in 14 appearances. The Bearcats did not leave the match goalless as forward Creggton Charlton scored in the 64th minute, his fifth goal in 15 appearances. SMU went on to score once more in the 88th minute by defender Thomas Haney, his first goal in 11 appearances. The Mustangs will play against UConn at home on Friday. 


David Sandoval is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at david.sandoval@uconn.edu. He tweets @sandovalduconn.

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