The Colorado College women picked a good game to play good soccer.
The Tigers scored twice in less than four minutes on goals by Jaclyn Silsby and Chanisse Hendrix during the first half and controlled play for much of the Conference USA game to down Tulsa 2-0 and take control of the league's West Division race.
"We played very well today and we needed to," CC coach Geoff Bennett said. "We have a lot of respect for Tulsa and it showed by how we came out and played."
The team showed off the scoring depth of a strong defensive unit that has recorded eight shutouts this season and allowed only eight goals through 13 games.
"(Points leaders) Sarah Schweiss, Jessie Ayers and Kaeli (Vandersluis) get a lot of attention around the league and it was Jaclyn Silsby and Chanisse (Hendrix) who scored," Bennett said. "What I love about this team is that we have others who can score. That makes us tougher to defend."
In Silsby's case, her goal, a rising shot into the upper right corner from 20 yards away was all instinct.
"I didn't have time to think about it," she said.
Hendrix, a freshman, scored the third of her career when she controlled a Tulsa turnover, turned and fired a hard shot into the left corner from 10 yards out.
The Tigers did not need extra motivation headed into the game since Tulsa eliminated regular-season champion CC last season in the C-USA semifinals, winning 5-4 on penalty kicks.
"That put a little extra fire in our bellies," senior defender Katie Uyenishi said.
"That definitely helped us come out playing hard," Silsby added.
Also, Saturday's win at Stewart Field puts CC well ahead of second-place Tulsa (9-4-1, 3-1-1), which managed only two shots on goal.
The CC defense was led by Uyenishi, who disrupted a talented Tulsa offense with timely plays.
"Katie is probably the least mentioned player on our team and she deserves to be mentioned the most," Bennett said. "She makes a lot of plays that don't get noticed but are very important. She has been playing very well for us so far this season."
First-place Colorado College (10-3, 5-0 C-USA) took advantage of a steady 25-mph wind at its back in the first half to send passes downfield to generate scoring opportunities.
In the second half, Tulsa had the wind advantage, but the Tigers maintained possession for much of the time, kept the ball along the ground, and milked the clock.
"The players accepted the challenge and rose to it," Bennett said.