The Tulsa Roughnecks FC hoped a return to ONEOK Field Tuesday night would provide a return to its winning form, but the Swope Park Rangers had other ideas. The Rangers got a goal in each half and defeated the Roughnecks 2-1 in USL regular season action.
Main page photo of Ian Svantesson by Lori Scholl
The loss was third straight for the Roughnecks and kept them on 15 points for the season with a 5-8-0 record. With the victory, the Rangers improved their total to 23 and their record to 7-4-2.
The match started slowly with chances limited through the first 25 minutes with each goalkeeper goal keeper called into action only one time each.
The Rangers eventually opened the scoring in the 27th minute when a throw-in was headed in front of goal and Diego Rubio slotted past TRFC keeper Fabian Cerda and into the back of the net.
Swope Park doubled its lead in the 63rd minute, courtesy of a couple of substitutes. Cameron Iwasa got free down the left side, and after a long run, found Mark Gonzalez free at the back post. Gonzalez, who had just entered the match, finished past Cerda to make it 2-0. It was the fourth goal of the season for the Canadian, with three of them coming against TRFC.
The Roughnecks got back into the game in the 69th minute. Collin Fernandez hammered a strike from 25 yards that deflected past Rangers’ keeper Adrian Zendejas to pull Tulsa to within 2-1.
The goal energized the Roughnecks who pressed forward over the final 20 minutes in search of an equalizer. Just 60 seconds after the goal, captain Juan Caffa rolled a shot just wide of the far post.
Joey Calistri with an attempt on goal in the first half. (Rich Crimi)
Caffa delivered several threatening crosses into the box during the final minutes, but the Roughnecks could not find the second goal.
Tulsa finished the match with 13 total shots, but only 5 were on target. SPR put five of its ten total shots on frame. The Roughnecks held a 62-38% advantage in time of possession in the match.
For TRFC Head Coach David Vaudreuil, it was a frustrating night.
“If we are going to give up two or three goals every game, we are going to struggle to win matches,” said Vaudreuil. “We made two big mistakes on the two goals and the game gets very difficult for us.”
“Tonight was very similar to our previous two games when we lost at Kansas City and at San Antonio. The formula does not change. The first thing you have to do is not to give up goals, and we have given up way too many. We haven’t been good enough.”
“It seems like a long time since we scored four goals against Orange County and three against Portland, and I think the pressure has gotten to us a little bit,” added Vaudreuil. “We have the ability to score goals, but guys are pressing.”
“I am happy with the effort. I am happy with training, but we just have to get better. We have 19 games left, so there is a lot ahead of us.”
Swope Park improved to 6-0-0 all-time against TRFC and swept the 2017 season series between the two sides with the victory.
Tulsa will return to action Saturday night when it will host Real Monarchs SLC. The Monarchs sit atop the Western Conference standings of the USL with only one loss in 14 matches this season.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with large Independence Day Holiday Fireworks Spectacular planned for after the match.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1 Swope Park Rangers 2
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
ONEOK Field – Tulsa, OK
SPR – Rubio 27’
SPR – Gonzalez (Iwasa) 63’
TUL – Fernandez (Rivas) 69’
SPR – Moloto (caution) 16’
TUL – Ugarte (caution) 34’
TUL – Corrales (caution) 58’
Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Fabian Cerda, Jorge Corrales (Jaime Ayala 83’), Modou Jadama, Francisco Ugarte, Kosuke Kimura, Bradley Bourgeois, Collin Fernandez (Pasha Kondrakhin 83’), Joey Calistri, Juan Caffa-©, Paris Gee (Joaquin Rivas 60’), Ian Svantesson 73.
Shots: 13; Shots On-Goal: 5; Saves: 3; Fouls: 11; Corners: 5; Offsides: 3.
Swope Park Rangers: Adrian Zendejas, Colton Storm, Oumar Ballo, Liam Doyle, Tyler Pasher, Lebo Moloto, Dakota Barnathan, Christian Duke©, Diego Rubio (Cameron Iwasa 62’), Daniel Salloi (Mark Gonzalez 60’), Kevin Oliveira (Amer Didic 79’).
Shots: 10; Shots On-Goal: 5; Saves: 4; Fouls: 12; Corners: 3; Offsides: 1.
The Roughnecks starting 11 on Tuesday. (Brooke Carroll)