A difficult run for Tulsa Roughnecks FC continued Saturday night with a lackluster 7-1 defeat to Saint Louis FC at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in St. Louis, Missouri. The loss is the fourth straight loss for TRFC who still has 7 points on the season with a 2-9-1 record.
Saint Louis improved to 19 points with a 5-4-4 record.
From the start, the Roughnecks backline was chasing the speedy Saint Louis forwards. Straight from the opening kickoff, Tulsa goalkeeper Jake Feener was under heavy pressure, producing a big save only 60 seconds into the match.
Three minutes later, Saint Louis was on the board as Seth Rudolph left Feener with no chance with a right-footed finish off a corner kick to give STLFC the quick 1-0 lead.
In the 17th minute, Tulsa nemesis Irvin Herrera cut inside a sliding David Abidor and finished for goal number two.
TRFC’s best chance of the half came in the 19th minute, as Saint Louis goalkeeper Mark Pais fumbled a cross that fell to Anthony Peters. With a wide open goal, the defender’s right-footed shot on the turn was wide of the far post to keep the Roughnecks scoreless.
Jamiel Hardware produced the third goal of the half for Saint Louis in the 38th minute.
It took STLFC only two minutes into the second half to add to its lead. Rudolph was left unmarked at the top of the box and blasted a shot into the top corner of the net to make it 4-0.
Seconds after the kickoff, Hardware set up an unmarked Herrera in front of the goal for an easy finish for goal number five. It was the striker’s sixth goal this season against Tulsa.
Jordan Roberts and Vince Cicciarelli capped the big night for STLFC with goals six and seven.
Jasson Ramos Carpio helped the Roughnecks avoid the shutout with his second goal of the season in the 85th minute. Carpio headed Adriano Pellegrino’s free kick cross past Pais.
The goal was little consolation for the Roughnecks.
The seven goals were the most ever conceded by TRFC.
Things will not get any easier for the Roughnecks. Next on the schedule is a pair of games against Los Angeles Galaxy II. The first one will come on Friday at ONEOK Field in a match that will be televised on ESPN 3. Los Dos swept both meetings with the Roughnecks last season.
Kickoff on Friday is set for 7:30pm in downtown Tulsa.