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Weekly Newsletter: Issue 2 Aug. 27, 2012
From the Desk of Coach Kyle Cussen
Friends & Family of the TU Women’s Soccer Program:
First and foremost, I want to thank the 1,700+ fans that came out this week to watch us play against Notre Dame and Nicholls State. The Friday night game was an incredible atmosphere and really showed what TU soccer is all about. We have great support not only from our administration and students but from the surrounding community as well. I’m very proud of the way that we are playing right now. We are consistently performing at a very high level and continuing to better ourselves everyday. • •
Team hu d d le b e f ore No t re Da me game
Friday, August 31 o 7:30pm o Missouri State @ Home Sunday, September 1 o 4:30pm o Northwestern State @ Home
From the Desk of Coach Cussen continued:
After a big game on Friday, it is common for teams to struggle to find that enthusiasm and energy for the Sunday afternoon game. Our team did not let down from Friday to Sunday and I was extremely proud with the level and effort put forth on Sunday, which led to a 7-0 result. Several players stepped up including Claire Nicholson, Cammi Pelley and Stephanie Aitken. Cammi and Stephanie each had 2 goals and 2 assists and it was great to see Claire Nicholson get her 2nd career hat trick! Not to mention, we had another shut out which is tremendous for our backline. This weekend we are hosting the Tulsa Invitational Tournament. I am very excited for Missouri State on Friday at 5:30pm and Northwestern State on Sunday at 4:30pm. I am looking forward to another great weekend of soccer! GO TU! Coach Cuz
Save the Date!
Tulsa Invitational Soccer Tournament
Come support Tulsa Women’s Soccer as we take on Missouri State on Friday and Northwestern State on Sunday!
Thank you to our FANS!
Even though the result of the game did not turn out how we wanted, we could not be more thankful for all 1,707 fans that came to support us last Friday. In fact…TU set a record with all 1,707 who packed the Hurricane Track and Soccer Stadium! At one point during the game, we looked up and did not see an empty seat in the house, what a fun and exciting atmosphere to play! Thank you fans, you are the best! We will be back in action this weekend and would love your continued support of Tulsa Women’s Soccer!
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Get to know our team on and off the soccer field! Who: Becky Handley Year: Senior Position: Forward
Where is your hometown? Saint Louis What is your major? Marketing Best thing about playing at Tulsa? The best thing about playing soccer at TU is the relationships I create with my teammates and the rewarding feeling of succeeding as a student-‐athlete. Who is the funniest person on the team? Jordan-‐ her ADHD whims are a much needed distraction from our hectic lives Do you have any pre-game superstitions? I have to put my left shoe or sock on before I put on my right shoe or sock. The feeling of putting my right shoe on first makes me feel lop-‐sided. What is your favorite food? "Black and Blue" hamburger cooked medium with sweet potato fries What is your favorite movie? Nightmare Before Christmas and American Beauty What is your favorite color? Green What is your favorite TV show? Keeping Up with the Kardashians What is your favorite book? A Brave New World If you could drive any car, what would it be? Mercedes Benz White G Class with tan leather interior Favorite spot on campus? Collins Fitness Center You have a dinner reservation for four, who would you pick as your three guests? Tom Hardy as Bane, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow What is your favorite thing to do outside of soccer? Work out, learn various nutritional information, and hang with my friends/hubby/and fam. Favorite thing in your closet? Leggings.
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Player Q&A: Becky Handley
If you could play another sport, what would it be and why? I would play volleyball because, in turn, I would HAVE to be tall, skinny, and in shape Who do you look up to and why? Jennifer Aniston-‐ she's a successful, prevalent woman figure who supports and promotes causes that I also believe in Do you have any hidden talents? I can role my tongue in a wave What's one thing about you that most people do not know: I have night terrors What is your Favorite Pro Sports team? Cardinals Who is your Favorite athlete of all time? Lebron James What is your favorite drill in practice? Four v four v four transition (close cropped) If you could have only three things on a deserted island, what would they be? A puppy, a tub of Qdoba queso, and Sam When did you start playing soccer? Year before preschool on a preschool aged team What are your goals for the season? Go further than any previous TU women's soccer team has gone before!! If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? A desolate Italian shoreline How did you choose your jersey number? I have worn #12 since I started playing sports What's your favorite class at TU? Theatre Design What's the one thing you can't leave home without? My iPhone What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!!! How would your teammates describe you? Loud, obnoxious, and TMI What's your favorite song(s)? S&M-‐Rihanna; Titanium-‐Sia If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what actress would you choose to star as you? Hilary Swank
Stay tuned for a new player Q&A each week!
Goal Club Registration
Join the Goal Club!
The TU Goal Club is a great way to support Women’s Soccer at The University of Tulsa. Contributions to the TU Goal Club are utilized for special program needs or projects which enhance the student-athlete experience. Members of the TU Goal Club donate a specific dollar amount for every goal scored and shutout earned during the 2012 Golden Hurricane Women’s Soccer season(# of Goals or Shutouts x Pledge Amount = Total Donation). You may also choose to make a one-time donation. Contributions to the TU Goal Club are tax deductible as allowed by federal income tax law minus the value of benefits received. Donors should consult their tax advisor in regard to all tax deductions resulting from charitable contributions. To register for the Goal Club and support Tulsa Women’s Soccer please contact: Jim Rhein firstname.lastname@example.org 918-631-5485
Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Sutton
2002 - 2005
After being out of school for more than 6 years I continue to realize how truly blessed I am with the friends & opportunities while at The University of Tulsa. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Minor in Math while at TU along with playing on the women’s soccer team. The University of Tulsa and being a part of the women’s soccer program has really helped shaped the person I am today. My husband proposed to me on the soccer field after one of our home games during my junior year in school. Four of my bridesmaids, the pianist, the singer & the guest book attendants were all from the soccer team. I still love staying in contact with them to hear about what is going with each of them. Thanks to four different summer/part-time internships I received working for different oil & gas companies during my time at TU I was able to secure a job prior to graduation. I got married in June, following graduation, to my husband Cory. My first job was with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, working as a production engineer in The Woodlands, TX (north of Houston). My wells were in East Texas & it was a great introduction to the oilfield! I also coached for the local youth soccer club Texas Rush & I really enjoyed sharing my passion for soccer with girls that reminded me so much of myself at their age! I ended up moving back to Tulsa after a year, to work for Apache Corporation, another independent oil & gas exploration & production company. We brought home our first pet, a boxer named Riley, who is 5 years old now. I also gave birth to my son, Ryder, in November of 2009. He is almost 3 now & loves sports! His favorite is of course soccer & I am excited to bring him back to Tulsa to watch a women’s soccer game soon. I have now worked for Apache going on over 5 years & since transferred to their Midland, TX office. Fluctuating oil & gas prices is always shifting activity & is one of the things I like about the industry. One day is never like another, as you are always working on different projects & challenges in various locations. I enjoy the fast pace environment & travel, which reminds me a lot of trying to prioritize my time during college to juggle everything between academics, athletics & sometimes a social life! I also do recruiting for new engineering talent from TU for Apache & I am always surprised (& jealous of course!) by the transformations on campus. It is amazing how many improvements they have made in such a short period of time, or so it seems & what an impact this school has had on my path up to this point. The only thing I would change would have been to take more golf & shooting lessons while in college & learn how to hunt & fish. These hobbies are a necessity in my industry in order to get away sometimes & I was definitely not a natural!
Date 8/11/12 8/17/12 8/24/12 8/26/12 8/31/12 9/2/12 9/7/12 9/9/12 9/14/12 9/21/12 9/23/12 9/28/12 9/30/12 10/05/12 10/07/12 10/12/12 10/14/12 10/19/12 10/21/12 10/26/12 10/31/12 11/02/12 11/04/12 Schedule Key
2012 Season Scedule Opponent/Event Location @ Oklahoma (Exh.) # Norman, Okla. vs Weber State Hurricane Stadium vs Notre Dame Hurricane Stadium vs Nicholls State Hurricane Stadium Tulsa Invitational Tournament vs Missouri State Hurricane Stadium vs Northwestern State Hurricane Stadium vs Florida Gulf Coast Kansas City, Mo. vs UMKC Kansas City, Mo. vs Oral Roberts Hurricane Stadium at Rice * Houston, Texas at Houston * Houston, Texas vs Colorado College * Hurricane Stadium vs UTEP * Hurricane Stadium at UCF * Orlando, Fla. at Southern Miss * Hattiesburg, Miss. at Marshall * Huntington, W. Va. at East Carolina * Greenville, N.C. vs Memphis * Hurricane Stadium vs UAB Hurricane Stadium vs SMU Hurricane Stadium at C-USA Quarterfinals El Paso, Texas at C-USA Semifinals El Paso, Texas at C-USA Championship El Paso, Texas
Time/Result W, 2-0 W, 3-0 L, 2-0 W, 7-0 5:35 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
* Conference Event
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