FC Tulsa Falls to El Paso Locomotive FC in Penalty Shootout
EL PASO, Texas - FC Tulsa went down swinging.
Down a man and with its backs against the wall, Tulsa fought to the very end but came up short on Saturday night, falling to El Paso Locomotive FC 2-2 (4-2) on penalties in the USL Championship Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Goals by Rodrigo da Costa and Callum Chapman-Page turned an early 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead late in the second half, but an equalizer from El Paso in the 82' minute sent the match to extra time. Ten minutes into the extra session, Chapman-Page was sent off, putting FC Tulsa down a man for the final 20 minutes of extra time.
While down a man, FC Tulsa rode its keeper Sean Lewis, who made five of his eight saves in extra time while Tulsa was at the disadvantage. That sent the match to penalties where El Paso slotted home all four, besting FC Tulsa's two makes out of its four attempts.
El Paso advances to the Western Conference Semifinals while FC Tulsa ends its 2020 campaign.
19' ELP - Leandro Carrijo
38' TUL - Rodrigo da Costa
68' TUL - Callum Chapman-Page (Lebo Moloto)
82' ELP - Leandro Carrijo (Dylan Mares)
TULSA'S MAN OF THE MATCH
Many might make the case that Sean Lewis was FC Tulsa's MVP in 2020. There was no doubt he was tonight at Southwest University Park in El Paso. His eight saves are his most in a match in 2020 and especially his work while down a man was world-class. Lewis finishes the season with 58 total saves, allowing just 18 goals.
RODRIGO CLOSES 2020 STRONG
Rodrigo da Costa found his form late in the 2020 season, scoring twice and adding an assist in his final two matches of the season. It was fitting that the forward scored in FC Tulsa's playoff defeat as he scored in both of the club's first two matches to start the 2020 season as well.
CHAPMAN-PAGE OPENS HIS ACCOUNT
While defender Callum Chapman-Page might not look back on Saturday night with fond memories after being sent off, he did score his first goal in FC Tulsa colors to give the club a 2-1 lead in the second half. Chapman-Page's goal looked like it might stand as the winner until El Paso equalized in the 82' minute.
CAPPING THE SEASON
While FC Tulsa will have to wait another year for its first postseason win in franchise history, Saturday night's match closes a historic first season of the new era of the club. FC Tulsa set club records in win percentage, unbeaten streak, goals allowed per match to name a few.
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