University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's soccer picked as preseason favorites to win C-USA

TULSA (AP) -- Tulsa's men's soccer team has been picked as Conference USA's preseason favorite by the league's coaches.

TU's Cristian Mata was named the preseason offensive player of the year. And both Cristian and older brother Omar Mata were tabbed to the preseason team. The preseason picks were announced Wednesday by the league's office.

A year ago, the Golden Hurricane won the C-USA tournament title, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, netted 14 wins, including eight shutouts, and outscored its opponents 48-23.

Cristian Mata, a sophomore forward, started in 19 of 20 games for TU as a true freshman last season.  He led the Golden Hurricane in goals, assists and points, as well as the league in goals and points.

Midfielder Omar Mata is a three-year letter winner and starter.

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