OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC and FC Tulsa played to a 0-0 draw in the second Black Gold Derby of the season on Friday night at Taft Stadium as both teams created half-chances, but neither was able to break the deadlock to grab all three points.
Energy FC got on the front foot early as Aidan Daniels fired a long-range shot that went wide of the left post in just the third minute, but chances proved difficult to come by for both sides in the first half overall. The visitors’ best look of the half came seven minutes before the halftime break as Rodrigo da Costa controlled a header upfield and tried to find Joaquin Rivas as he cut into the penalty area, but Rivas was unable to control cleanly and the ball ended up in the hands of OKC goalkeeper CJ Cochran.
OKC again had an early long-range effort in the second half as Frank Lopez's skipping shot was comfortably handled by Tulsa goalkeeper Austin Wormell, but the hosts went closer just before the hour-mark as Villyan Bijev fired a volley from near the penalty spot off a ball by Arun Basuljevic from the left that bounded wide of the left upright.
Tulsa twice threatened from set pieces in the final half-hour as Da Costa first delivered a free kick that was headed on target by Modou Jadama but saved by Cochran. Then off a corner kick from the right Da Costa found Rivas at the near post but the El Salvador international couldn’t direct his finish on target. The visitors then hit the crossbar with nine minutes to go but Marlon was ruled offside, ending the chance to finish the rebound.
Marlon also had the final notable chance of the game for the visitors in the 90th minute as Da Costa played a pass forward to the Brazilian in the right side of the penalty. His shot from a narrow angle was easy for Cochran to handle, however, and after Jaime Chavez’s long-range shot for Energy FC flashed wide of the right post in stoppage time the final whistle arrived, leaving both sides with a share of the spoils.
USLChampionship.com Man of the Match
Charlie Ward, OKC Energy FC – Ward completed 70 of 78 passes overall and won 6 of 9 duels while winning 4 of 4 tackles as the hosts held the edge in midfield in a hard-fought contest.