Photo courtesy of Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC had been shut out against OKC Energy FC during the 2016 campaign. The visiting side turned things around with a pair of second-half goals to earn a 2-1 victory on Saturday at Taft Stadium in the first leg of the Black Gold Derby. Juan Pablo Caffa converted a penalty kick and Joey Calistri added the game-winner in the 66th minute. The Roughnecks lost all four matches against OKC in 2016, with Energy FC outscoring the club 8-0 that year. OKC had the upper hand on Saturday, as well, with Daniel Gonzalez taking advantage of a defensive lapse to give the host team the 1-0 lead heading into halftime. Tulsa improves to 7-8-0 (21 points) overall and 2-6-0 on the road, while OKC falls to 5-8-3 (18 points) overall and 4-2-1 at home. The second match of the three-game head-to-head series between Tulsa and OKC takes place Aug. 12 at ONEOK Field.
39’ – OKC – Daniel Gonzalez
50’ – TUL – Juan Pablo Caffa (penalty)
66’ – TUL – Joey Calistri (Jacori Hayes)
#OKCvTUL: Full match and Opta box score
Three Things That Mattered:
1. Tulsa had to climb out of a hole, but the Roughnecks showed they had the ingredients earlier to grab a strong result at OKC. Things came to fruition in the second half starting with Juan Pablo Caffa, who had a cheeky chip to convert his 50th-minute penalty kick attempt to tie the score at 1-1. Then in the 66th minute, Joey Calistri’s rolling shot had eyes as he found enough of a gap through Energy FC’s defense and OKC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi to find the inside of the far right post to complete the comeback for a 2-1 victory.
2. Energy FC came close on a few occasions to finding an equalizer. The best opportunity came in the 74th minute. Second-half sub Luis Martinez, just a few minutes after he entered the match for Coy Craft, fired a right-footed shot off of the frame as Tulsa escaped that sequence. It was one of OKC’s best buildups of the night, with Kyle Hyland crossing in from the left as the Roughnecks’ defense was on its heels.
3. OKC only put three shots on target for the match. The lone goal was certainly one of good fortune in the 39th minute. Roughnecks goalkeeper Fabian Cerda left his line when he thought he could get to a deflected ball toward his direction. Cerda got a foot on it outside the box, but when he couldn’t clear out of harm’s way Energy FC’s Daniel Gonzalez took the gift and chipped it into the empty net. The chip was only a couple feet above Cerda’s head, but because he was still outside of the box, he half-attempted to make a header block.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Juan Pablo Caffa, Tulsa Roughnecks FC – Caffa started the rally with a second-half penalty kick conversion and threatened the net earlier in the opening half against OKC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi, supplying five of Tulsa’s 10 shots.
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