T2 Battle Tulsa Roughnecks FC to 1-1 Road Draw Saturday Night
TULSA, Okla. - Playing in their 2019 regular-season opener, T2 earned a 1-1 point on the road against Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field on Saturday night. Defender Modou Jadama tallied a goal, while midfielder Eryk Williamson registered an assist for Portland to begin the USL Championship campaign.
Saturday's match marked the third time in team history T2 (0-0-1, 1pt) have opened the season on the road (2016, 2018, 2019). Portland has post a record of 1-3-1 all-time in season-opening matches.
Portland against Tulsa Roughnecks FC
In eight all-time matches against Roughnecks FC, T2 lead the series 4-1-3. Portland is now now 2-1-2 in five matches all-time on the road at Tulsa.
Timbers on loan
Seven Portland Timbers players appeared for T2 on loan in the regular-season opener, as Marco Farfan, Jadama, Foster Langsdorf, Marvin Loría, Bill Tuiloma, Williamson and Renzo Zambrano, who was given the captain's armband, all made their 2019 USL season debuts.
Starting the 2019 USL Championship season on the road, Portland earned its first point on the road. In 17 road matches in 2018, T2 finished the regular season with a 8-5-4 record away from home. Portland is now 4-1-3 in its last eight road contests dating back to July 28, 2017.
Three players made their T2 debuts, as midfielders Ryan Sierakowski and Todd Wharton and goalkeeper Jake Leeker each earned the start and played 90 minutes in the result on the road.
Portland Timbers Academy
Three current Portland Timbers Academy players appeared on the bench in tonight's match. Goalkeeper Hunter Sulte, midfielder Masango Akale, and forward Gio Calixtro made the bench for T2. Additionally, Timbers Academy product made Carlos Anguiano was part of the 18-man roster that made the trip to Tulsa.
In the sixth minute, a loose ball in the box fell to Loría, whose low shot at the near post was saved by Roughnecks FC goalkeeper Sean Lewis.
Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Christian Altamirano cut inside from the right flank onto his left foot and curled a shot from outside the box into the far corner of the net.
In the 21st minute, defender Harold Hanson beat his marker down the end line and fired a shot from a tight angle over the crossbar.
T2 came close to scoring four minutes later after Loría played a long ball down the right flank to Williamson. Chesting the ball down in stride, Williamson crossed the ball inside the box to Langsdorf, but his right-footed shot was fired just inches past the near post in the 25th minute. Five minutes later, Loría's free-kick effort from just outside the box was struck over the crossbar.
In the 34th minute, Williamson's driven corner-kick service to the back post picked out Tuiloma, but his header was fired over the frame of goal. Two minutes later, Jadama rose highest to meet Williamson's corner kick delivery, heading the ball wide past the post. In the 38th minute, Loría's free kick from the right wing missed the target.
Beginning the second half on the front foot, Portland threatened early when Hanson was fouled inside the penalty area in the 50th minute. Loría's ensuing penalty kick down the center of goal was saved by Lewis.
T2 leveled the match in the 55th minute after Williamson's driven corner-kick service into the center of the box found Jadama, whose bouncing header beat Lewis to make it 1-1.
In the 59th minute, Tuiloma charged into the offensive third, firing a shot from distance that forced a saved from Lewis. Eight minutes later, Farfan played in Ryan Sierakowski at the top of the box, but his left-footed shot missed over the target in the 67th minute.
Next up, T2 travel to face San Antonio FC on Saturday, March 16. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific), Saturday's match will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Postgame Quote Sheet
Quotes with reaction to the match from head coach Cameron Knowles can be accessed when ready.
T2 (0-0-1, 1pt) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (0-0-1, 1pt)
March 9, 2019 - ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 0 1 1
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1 0 1
TUL: Altamirano (Sheldon), 12
POR: Jadama (Williamson), 55
TUL: Gonzalez (caution), 57
POR: Hanson (caution), 85
POR: GK Leeker, D Hanson, D Jadama, D Tuiloma (Ornstil, 77), D Farfan, M Wharton, M Zambrano ©, M Loría, M Williamson, M Sierakowski, F Langsdorf
Substitutes Not Used: GK Sulte, D Smith, M Anguiano, M Akale, M Kobayashi, F Calixtro
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Loría, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Jadama, Loría, 2); FOULS: 12 (Hanson, 4); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 1
TUL: GK Lewis, D Makinde, D Roberts, D Hedrick, D Sheldon, M Dean (Ajeakwa, 61), M Addai, M Gonzalaz (Bastidas, 77), M Altamirano, F Silva (Abdallah, 82), F Da Costa
Substitutes Not Used: GK Lobo, D Legendre, M MacRae, M Reyes
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Ajeakwa, Altamirano, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Altamirano, 2) FOULS: 21 (Gonzalez, 6); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 5
Referee: Jose Lara
Assistant Referees: Matt Trotter, Seth Barton
4th Official: Matthew Corrigan
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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