Cincinnati’s positive COVID tests postpone Tulsa game

Saturday’s soccer match between No. 8-ranked Cincinnati and Tulsa was postponed due to favorable COVID-19 instances at Cincinnati and quarantining of athletes in the college, the American Athletic Conference announced Thursday.

The match was rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 in Tulsa.

“We knew this year was going to need a great deal of endurance and patience along with disruptions were likely to take place. The health and security of student-athletes, staff, and coaches are always our main focus and we valued the work and continuing dedication of our health care staff during the outbreak.”

Tulsa has played just two games this year due to coronavirus-related postponements and cancellations. The Golden Hurricane have to play with a house and had designated the Cincinnati match as homecoming. Tulsa is not advised to play a house match before Oct. 30 against East Carolina, after seeing USF on Oct. 23.

“I am disappointed, very first, for our soccer student-athletes and trainers, and of course for our team who’s ready so kindly, our campus and the City of Tulsa,” Tulsa athletic director Rick Dickson said in an announcement. “This TU Homecoming match proved to be a fantastic chance to showcase our soccer program, the neighborhood, and the American Athletic Conference against the country’s No. 8 team. Like the college, the convention, and the NCAA have stated during this outbreak, the health and security of our student-athletes are at the forefront of all decisions.”

The AAC also declared Thursday the conference championship match will be played on Dec. 12 or even Dec. 19. The last decision on the date of the match is going to likely be produced no later than Nov. 1, the summit said.