FC Tulsa Upsets San Antonio FC on Eric Bird's Stoppage Time Winner
TULSA - FC Tulsa flew high on the wings of an Eric Bird stoppage time goal, upsetting San Antonio FC 1-0 at ONEOK Field on Saturday night. The 92' minute vaulted FC Tulsa back into USL Championship Playoffs position as Tulsa remained in control of its own destiny.
In front of a 2020 record crowd at ONEOK Field, FC Tulsa outplayed San Antonio FC, who came into the match with the best record in the league. Despite controlling much of the match, FC Tulsa wasn't able to score through the 90 minutes as the keepers on both sides made numerous saves.
In the final three minutes of the match, FC Tulsa took control, peppering the San Antonio net with six shots. Finally Bird broke through, sending the crowd into bedlam.
FC Tulsa jumped back in front of Austin Bold FC to reclaim second place in the Group D standings by a point. With three matches remaining, FC Tulsa would clinch a playoff spot with three wins.
Attached are final stats and postmatch quotes from head coach Michael Nsien, midfielder Eric Bird and keeper Sean Lewis.
90'+2 TUL - Eric Bird
With each team having three matches left in 2020, FC Tulsa leads Austin Bold FC by one point in the Group D standings. FC Tulsa has matches remaining against OKC Energy FC, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Rio Grande Valley FC while Austin Bold FC has matches against OKC, RGV and San Antonio.
LEAVING IT LATE
The match-winner from Eric Bird in the second minute of stoppage time was the latest goal that FC Tulsa has scored in 2020, surpassing the 90'+1 goal that DarÃo SuÃ¡rez scored against Saint Louis FC on August 8. Bird's goal was also the first goal scored by an FC Tulsa player other than SuÃ¡rez since August 29.
LEWIS CLEAN SHEET
FC Tulsa keeper Sean Lewis earned a clean sheet with six saves against San Antonio FC, his third clean sheet of the season. FC Tulsa has earned two clean sheets against San Antonio FC and is the only team to shutout San Antonio this season.
FC Tulsa stays at ONEOK Field on Wednesday night for the second of its final three-match homestand when it hosts Black Gold Derby rival OKC Energy FC at 7 p.m. OKC Energy has been eliminated from the playoffs and has won just one match this season.
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