Joaquin Rivas gave Tulsa an early lead with his goal in the 20th minute. (Matt Christensen)
The Tulsa Roughnecks FC “clinched the wrench” Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Energy FC at ONEOK Field. It was the second straight win for the Roughnecks over their state rivals, clinching a victory in the season series known as the Black Gold Derby. The orange and green wrench is presented to the winner of each year’s series by the team’s supporters groups, and The Roustabouts and the Roughnecks players accepted the prize at the end of Saturday’s victory.
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Just as importantly, the victory improved the Roughnecks’ season point total to 32 with a 10-9-2 record and moved them into sixth place in the Western Conference standings of the USL. The top eight finishers in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
Saturday’s rivalry match began with the Roughnecks the more attacking side with Paris Gee and Joey Calistri both getting scoring chances in the first six minutes, but it was the Energy who actually put the ball into the net first, but the offside flag negated the effort in the 12th minute.
TRFC continued to push forward and the breakthrough came in the 20th minute. A chipped pass from Jacori Hayes sent Joey Calistri on a run down the right wing. Calistri’s cross eventually found an unmarked Joaquin Rivas, and the Roughneck midfielder’s shot left Energy goalkeeper Cody Laurendi with no chance, giving Tulsa a 1-0 lead.
The goal brought the Energy out of their defensive posture, and TRFC goalkeeper Fabian Cerda made two big saves over the next 15 minutes. Gee also helped his keeper when he headed a corner kick cross off the goal line in the 31st minute.
Calistri had a chance to double Tulsa’s lead in the 38th minute when he got behind the backline, but his shot rolled through the goal mouth.
Sixty seconds later, Jose Angulo fired a shot into Cerda’s net, but the forward was well offside to keep the Tulsa one-goal lead in place.
The second half got off to a perfect start for the Energy when Tulsa midfielder Collin Fernandez was called for a trip in the penalty area just 30 seconds after the restart. Angulo buried the ensuing penalty kick to level the score at 1-1.
But, it took the Roughnecks less than ten minutes to go back in front. Jorge Corrales delivered a bending cross that found the head of Ian Svantesson at the back post. Svantesson made no mistake, heading his shot past Laurendi for his team-leading tenth goal of the season, to make it 2-1.
The Roughnecks celebrate with the Black Gold Derby Wrench. (Lori Scholl)
The Energy nearly leveled the score again just two minutes after Svantesson’s goal. Cerda made a big save on shot from distance by Alex Dixon, then cleared the rebound. Seconds later, Cerda stopped a point-blank header from Luis Martinez to preserve the Tulsa lead.
From there, the Roughnecks thwarted any chances from the Energy, while missing on several counter attack opportunities of their own, closing out the 2-1 win..
The final statistics showed Tulsa with a 54-46% advantage in possession time, but Oklahoma City with a 17-8 edge in total shots. Cerda was credited with six saves in the match.
It is the first time Tulsa has won the regular season rivalry series. The two teams split the regular season series during the Roughnecks inaugural season in 2015, with each team getting one win and two games finishing in draws. The Energy swept last year’s season series.
The win gives TRFC a 5-2-1 record in its last eight matches, dating back to July 1.
The Roughnecks will now enter a stretch of six straight away matches. The series of matches will begin with a game in Orange County on Tuesday night. TRFC won the first meeting between the two sides, posting a 4-0 win on May 13 at ONEOK Field. Kickoff on Tuesday in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CDT.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2 Oklahoma City Energy FC 1
Saturday, August 12, 2017
ONEOK Field – Tulsa, OK
TUL – Rivas 20’
OKC – Angulo (PK) 46’
TUL – Svantesson (Corrales) 56’
OKC – Barril (caution) 17’
OKC – Dixon (caution) 71’
OKC – Fink (caution) 90+’
Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Fabian Cerda©, Jorge Corrales, Modou Jadama, Bradley Bourgeois, Jaime Ayala, Collin Fernandez (Brandt Bronico 59’), Paris Gee (Christian Thierjung 71’), Joaquin Rivas, Jacori Hayes, Joey Calistri (Aaron Guillen 85’), Ian Svantesson.
Shots: 8; Shots On-Goal: 4; Saves: 6; Fouls: 9; Corners: 3; Offsides: 4.
OKC Energy FC: Cody Laurendi©, Richard Dixon (Luis Martinez 80’), Sam Fink, Mickey Daly, Kyle Hyland, Coady Andrews, Anthony Wallace, Jose Barril (Daniel Gonzalez 80’), Alex Dixon, Jose Angulo, Miguel Gonzalez (Andy Craven 66’).
Shots: 17; Shots On-Goal: 7; Saves: 2; Fouls: 11; Corners: 8; Offsides: 2.
Jacori Hayes races toward goal during Saturday's match. (Rich Crimi)