Soccer drops two at Hurricane Classic

Oakland’s men’s soccer team lost both of their games in the Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla., over the weekend, remaining winless in the regular season.

OU opened the tournament against No. 17 Southern Methodist (2-2-0) and fell behind in the first half, off of a goal by Ian Kalis in the 29 minute.

“SMU is a top team in the nation with exceptional players in all positions that can punish you when you make mistakes,” Eric Pogue, head coach said.  “They are just a good team that are going to get their chances and after 30 minutes they got a chance and put it away.”

SMU went on to outshoot OU 8-2, but was unable to capitalize again.

Out of the half, the Mustangs continued their offensive push, netting another goal in the 51 minute, when Damian Rosales scored making it 2-0.

Tyler Engel then added SMU’s third goal in the 68 minute.

“We have to play a near flawless game, not make mistakes, and capitalize on our opportunities when we get them,” Pogue said. “That didn’t happen against SMU, but you live, you learn, you move on and it makes you stronger for your conference opponents coming up here in the schedule.”

OU scored their lone goal of the match on a penalty kick in the 76 minute, but SMU quickly answered in the 79 minute, to win the game 4-1.

In their second game of the tournament, Oakland came out quick scoring in the 12 minute against host Tulsa (3-2-0).

“Joey Tinnion created the goal by getting to the end line and slotting a ball back across the six-yard box to an open Josh Bennett and Josh did a nice job of staying composed and slotting the ball past the goalkeeper,” Pogue said, “but it all came from Joey drawing a few defenders and the goalkeeper to the near post.”

Less than a minute after Bennett put OU up, Corey Albertson scored on a controversial non-call, tying the game at 1-1.

“I thought the play was five yards off-sides by Tulsa, but the linesman was way behind the play and didn’t make the call,” Pogue said. “Those things happen, but we need to do a better job of managing the game in different critical situations.”

Out of the second half, Tulsa struck once more, putting them up 2-1 off a goal from Blaine Gonsalves.

“Scott (Messer) got his hand to it, but not enough to keep it out of going into the upper corner of the net,” Pogue said. “Gonsalves came from the weak side and got a nice slotted ball.”

OU outshot Tulsa 14-6, but was unable to tie the game up.

“We put these top national teams in the nation on our schedule to test ourselves with and against the best, always have and always will,” Pogue said.

John Timm and Konner McNamara earned All-Tournament honors in the tournament for OU.