FC Tulsa Suffers Heartbreaking Draw to Rival OKC Energy FC
TULSA - A stoppage time goal given up by FC Tulsa cost the club a crucial two points in a 1-1 draw to Black Gold Derby rival OKC Energy FC on Saturday night at ONEOK Field. After taking the lead in the 73' minute, FC Tulsa allowed a 90' minute corner to OKC who took advantage, despite being a man down, to tie up the match.
It was all FC Tulsa throughout the first half in every statistic but the score as Tulsa found both the crossbar and post midway through the opening fram. When Tulsa found the net off the boot of defender Callum Chapman-Page, the goal was disallowed by a controversial offside call from the linesman. Ultimately, the teams went into the locker room even at 0-0 after 45 minutes.
In the second half, it was forward DarÃo SuÃ¡rez, scoring his sixth goal in the last four matches, who gave Tulsa the second half advantage. After a deflected shot by defender Matt Sheldon fell to the feet of SuÃ¡rez, the Cuban forward sent a shot destined for the far. The ball was deflected back into the goal by OKC to give Tulsa the lead it deserved.
Just four minutes later, it appeared FC Tulsa was assured of the three points when OKC midfielder José HernÃ¡ndez was sent off with his second yellow card, putting Tulsa up a man. Down to 10 men, OKC Energy FC won a corner and the ball sent in by Rafael Garcia was headed in by substitute Omar Gordon, leveling the match.
Attached are final stats and postmatch quotes from head coach Michael Nsien, defender Matt Sheldon and defender Bradley Bourgeois.
HIGHLIGHTS (Download Here):
74' TUL - DarÃo SuÃ¡rez
90' OKC - Omar Gordon (Rafael Garcia)
FOURTH STRAIGHT RESULT
It wasn't the win that FC Tulsa should have secured, but the draw was the fourth straight result from Tulsa, setting its 2020 record to 3-2-7 after 12 matches. With Austin's Saturday match postponed, Tulsa moved up into second place in Group D with 16 points, but Austin remains at 11 matches played. Bold FC will play Group D leaders San Antonio FC on Wednesday.
SUÃREZ CONTINUES SCORING STREAK
Saturday's match marked SuÃ¡rez's fourth consecutive FC Tulsa match with a goal. In those four matches, he has scored six goals and has eight total in 2020, all since August 8. It is the first time in FC Tulsa's history that a player has scored for the club in four consecutive matches.
BLACK GOLD DERBY STALEMATE
With OKC Energy FC's equalizer, the Black Gold Derby has finished with a 1-1 scoreline each of the final four matches between Tulsa and OKC, dating back to the beginning of the 2019 season. There will be one more match between the clubs on September 30 at ONEOK Field.
FC Tulsa will make its final roadtrip of the year when it plays Rio Grande Valley FC next Saturday night in Edinburg, Texas. Kickoff for the match on September 19 will be at 8 p.m.
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