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Tulsa, OKC Finish Even in Black Gold Derby

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 05/26/18, 10:23PM EDT

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Rivas, Volesky net in 1-1 draw at ONEOK Field


Photo courtesy of Steven Christy

TULSA, Okla.While Tulsa Roughnecks FC kept banging on the door in search of its first win of the USL regular season, OKC Energy FC did enough to secure a 1-1 draw at ONEOK Field on Saturday evening. Energy FC found the back of the net immediately, as Christian Volesky scored less than 45 seconds into the match to silence the crowd. However, Tulsa controlled the play for the rest of the half, securing 63.1 percent of possession during the opening 45 minutes while netting the equalizing goal through Joaquin Rivas, who hit a well-placed shot into the bottom-left corner after a beautiful backheel pass from Jhon Pírez in the 16th minute. OKC came closest to breaking the deadlock late into the match, but Volesky’s attempt on goal in the 76th minute was cleared off the line by Wyatt Omsberg to preserve a point. With the result, the Roughnecks move to 0-4-7 on the year, while Energy FC is now 2-8-1.

Scoring:

1’ – OKC – Christian Volesky (Hugh Alexander Dixon)
16’ – TUL – Joaquin Rivas (Jhon Pírez)

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. Tulsa is now winless after 11 matches this season. While the Roughnecks have scored a goal in seven consecutive games, the team has not been able to secure a victory, having tied seven of their last eight contests. Should similar results continue, Tulsa would be well on its way to break Ottawa Fury FC’s record from a season ago, which saw the Canadian club secure a league-high 14 ties in a single USL season.
  • 2. Energy FC remains winless on the road, but the team finally earned its first draw of the season after starting the year with two wins and eight losses. Christian Volesky had the biggest impact on the game for OKC, scoring the lone goal for the side while coming close on a few different occasions.
  • 3. The Black Gold Derby is not decided yet following Saturday’s result, but OKC will only need a tie in the teams’ third and final meeting of the season on Aug. 8 at ONEOK Field to win the series this year. OKC started the season off with a win against its in-state foe on March 17.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match

Joaquin Rivas, Tulsa Roughnecks FC – Rivas proved to be the bright spot for Tulsa yet again, scoring the game-tying goal in the 16th minute – his sixth goal of the campaign.

Upcoming Games:

Tulsa Roughnecks FC at LA Galaxy II – June 2, 10:30 p.m. ET, StubHub Center

OKC Energy FC vs. Reno 1868 FC – June 2, 8:30 p.m. ET, Taft Stadium

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