FC Tulsa Tops Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2-0
In its first preseason match of 2020, FC Tulsa earned a 2-0 win against Oklahoma Wesleyan at Titan Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon. A goal on each side of halftime, the first courtesy of a penalty from Rodrigo da Costa and the second from the boot of DarÃo SuÃ¡rez, pushed Tulsa to its opening victory of the campaign.
Attached are postmatch quotes from head coach Michael Nsien, midfielder Rodrigo da Costa and forward DarÃo SuÃ¡rez. Below are a few notes from the win.
43' TUL - Rodrigo da Costa - PK
65' TUL - DarÃo SuÃ¡rez (unassisted)
FIRST MATCH, FIRST WIN
Head coach Michael Nsien has preached a winning mentality for 2020 and that mentality got off to the right start with the 2-0 win on Saturday. It is a message that has trickled down to the team, and despite playing a collegiate opponent, goal number one was to grab a victory. Although it won't be worth 3 points, it starts the preseason schedule off on the right foot.
FC Tulsa used two keepers, Sean Lewis for the first half and Bryan Byars for the second, to combine for a clean sheet. Neither keeper had much work as Lewis did not face a shot from OKWU, while Byars was forced into one save on the two shots the Eagles took in the second half.
DA COSTA STARTS WHERE HE LEFT OFF
An All-League player in 2019, Rodrigo da Costa was the class of the squad last season with nine goals and 13 assists. He started 2020 right where he left off as he scored the lone goal, a penalty kick, in the first half. Da Costa's penalty came from his own run into the box that drew the foul inside the 18, and the Brazilian coolly slotted it home to give Tulsa the lead.
A new face to Tulsa, DarÃo SuÃ¡rez, a forward from Brazil, was electric throughout the second half. His hard work paid off with a goal midway through the second half when he placed a perfect strike inside the far post to double the lead. SuÃ¡rez also scored in the club's intersquad scrimmage last weekend as he looks primed to make an impact for FC Tulsa this season.
FC Tulsa will have an eight-day break between matches until it takes on fellow USL Championship side Saint Louis FC on Sunday at Titan Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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