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OKC Can't Fend off Tulsa's Second Half Surge

By George Darkow, 07/08/17, 10:00PM CDT


Roughnecks FC scores twice in second half for 2-1 win

Tulsa Roughnecks FC got second half goals from Juan Caffa and Joey Calisti to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit and defeat OKC Energy FC, 2-1, Saturday night at Taft Stadium.

In the 49th minute, a handball by Energy FC’s Mickey Daly in the OKC box led to a penalty kick opportunity for Tulsa. On the ensuing kick, Caffa floated a shot towards the center of the OKC goal, past diving Energy FC keeper Cody Laurendi to even the match at a goal apiece. Caffa’s score was Tulsa’s first against OKC in 670 days, dating back to Sept. 6, 2015. Roughnecks FC did not register a single goal against OKC in the clubs’ four meetings of 2016.

Seventeen minutes later, Calisti gave Tulsa a 2-1 lead when he booted a shot from near the upper-left corner of the OKC box that rolled through traffic in front of the net and just inside the far post. The goal was Roughnecks FC’s second unanswered goal of the second half and the eventual game winner.

OKC got out to a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. After a length rain shower at Taft Stadium, OKC’s Daniel Gonzalez corralled a loose ball near the top of the Tulsa box and floated a shot over charging Tulsa keeper Fabian Cerda. The goal was Gonzalez’s second of the season, first since May 24.

Energy FC held an aggressive Tulsa side scoreless through the first 49 minutes largely due to the play of Laurendi. In the first half, Laurendi spoiled a number of Tulsa scoring chances, including two on diving stops of shots deep in the OKC box. Laurendi finished the match with a season-high six saves.

With the loss, OKC fell to 5-8-3 and is winless in its last four. Tulsa improved to 7-8-0 with its second straight win.

Energy FC next welcomes 2017 CONCACAF Champions League winners Pachuca for an international friendly at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Taft Stadium.

The next USL game for OKC is an 8 p.m. CDT start on Friday, July 14, when the club faces San Antonio FC at San Antonio’s Toyota Field. The game will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN U.