The tough month of May got even tougher for the Tulsa Roughnecks Wednesday night as they were knocked out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-0 away loss to the Des Moines Menace. Two second-half goals from the Menace against the 10-man Roughnecks determined the outcome.
Match Photo by Antonio Rodriguez
After a scoreless first 45 minutes, Tulsa was left shorthanded when Head Coach David Irving was sent off at the start of the second half. It shortly got worse for the Roughnecks as forward Taylor Morgan was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge in the 66th minute.
Playing 11 v 10, it did not take the Menace long to capitalize. Only two minutes later, forward Sean Hoek found himself alone on a breakaway against TRFC keeper Alex Mangels. Hoek rounded the Tulsa keeper and slotted home to give Des Moines the 1-0 lead.
Forced to push forward in search of an equalizer, the Roughnecks conceded a second goal in the 80th minute. Elvir Ibisevic beat Mangels with hard, well-placed shot that found the lower corner of the net to make it 2-0.
The upset was not uncharted territory for the Menace. They entered this year’s tournament with six wins against professional teams, the second most for an amateur team in the Open Cup.
Overall, the win was the 14th Cup win for Des Moines, moving it past Michigan for the most by an amateur side.
The Roughnecks will now turn their attention to USL regular season play. They will host Western Conference rivals Saint Louis FC on Saturday at ONEOK Field with kickoff slated for 7:00pm in downtown Tulsa. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw in St. Louis earlier this season.