Josh Morton goes high for a header in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Reno. (Rich Crimi)
The Tulsa Roughnecks FC took a first-half lead Wednesday night through Michael Gamble’s first professional goal, but in the end had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Reno 1868 FC at ONEOK Field. With the draw, the Roughnecks ran their unbeaten streak to five straight games, matching the franchise record, but they again came up short of their first win of the season.
Front Page Photo of Claudio Munoz by Matt Christensen
All five matches in the unbeaten run have been ties, giving TRFC five points on the season with a 0-3-5 record.
The draw was the third straight for Reno who improved to 2-3-4 and 10 points on the year.
Reno 1868 FC had the first dangerous opportunity of Wednesday’s match, five minutes in, but Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda tipped Lindo Mfeka’s free kick effort over the crossbar.
In the 26th minute, Reno 1868 keeper J.T. Marcinkowski saved Josh Morton’s effort off the goal post to keep it scoreless.
The Roughnecks finally broke through in the 43rd minute when Joaquin Rivas found space in the middle of the field. Rivas fed Paris Gee on the right wing, and he delivered a low cross into the front of goal and to a waiting Michael Gamble who buried his shot into the net. For Gamble, it was his first-ever professional goal, and for Gee, it was his team and league-leading fourth assist of the season.
Michael Gamble celebrates his first professional goal with the Roustabouts. (Brooke Carroll)
Just five minutes after the break, Gamble nearly netted his second that would have doubled Tulsa’s lead, but his right-footed effort was turned aside by Marcinkowski.
From there, Reno looked the more dangerous side and eventually got the game-tying goal in the 70th minute. Mfeka, who had been a constant threat, finally got a goal when his left-footed chip cleared Cerda and settled into the far corner of the net.
Neither team could find a game winner, though Rivas and newcomer Jesus Ferreira had opportunities in the final ten minutes for TRFC.
It was the 17-year-old Ferreira’s debut for the Roughnecks, making him the youngest player in Tulsa history.
Nemanja Vukovic also made his TRFC debut, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute.
The Roughnecks will be back in action at ONEOK Field in three days. On Saturday evening, TRFC will host Phoenix Rising FC. The Phoenix roster includes former Chelsea F.C. superstar Didier Drogba. Kickoff will take place at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Tulsa and tickets are available online by clicking HERE, by calling (918) 744-5901 or by visiting the stadium ticket office.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1 – Reno 1868 FC 1
May 9, 2018
ONEOK Field – Tulsa, OK
TUL – Gamble (Gee) 43’
RNO – Mfeka 70’
RNO – Carroll (caution) 26’
Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Fabian Cerda, Josh Morton, Claudio Munoz, Adrian Jusino, Joaquin Rivas, Jonathan Levin, Ivan Mirkovic, Paris Gee (Nemanja Vukovic 83’), Michael Binns (Fernando Arce 71’), Michael Gamble (Jesus Ferreira 62’), Jhon Pirez.
Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 3; Fouls: 8; Corners: 3; Offside: 0.
Reno 1868 FC: J.T. Marcinkowski, Jordan Murrell, Brent Richards, Thomas Janjigian, Zach Carroll, Guy Abend (Jerry van Ewijk 46’), Antoine Hoppenot (Brian Brown 46’), Seth Casiple, Kevin Partida, Lindo Mfeka, Daniel Musovski (Mohamed Thiaw 86’).
Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 3; Fouls: 8; Corners: 4; Offside: 4.
Fabian Cerda leaps high to make a save in the 5th minute of the match. (Matt Christensen)