Neither team showed much in the way of defense as poached goals dominated the game. Both Seattle Sounders 2 and the Tulsa Roughnecks traded leads throughout the match. The 4-3 final handed S2 their first ever loss and Tulsa their first ever win. The result handed over 4,000 Oklahoma residents a happy Thursday.
In the first half a whopping five goals were scored and Zach Lubin saved a PK to prevent that from being six. Tulsa took the lead just 1:39 into the match when Gibson Bardsley scored his second goal of the year. Crafty sorcerer Qudus Lawal gave S2 the lead when he scored in the 9th and 10th minutes. Lubin saved Frano's PK in the 15th and by the 20th the Roughnecks were again level. Another five minutes passed and Jimmy Ockford does what any good centerback does, score on a corner kick. Ock didn't use his head as he did with the Cosmos in 2014, but instead picked up the scrap and knocked it in.
Things then slowed down, because they had to slow down. Nearly six goals in 25 minutes is a frantic pace. At half there were 10 non-PK shots by Seattle and 9 from the Roughnecks.
The second 45 would slow down and get feisty. In the 53rd minute Duncan McCormick was dropped when his face blocked a full powered shot. Anderson and Lawal left the pitch with injuries and Tulsa started to collect cards.
Tulsa owned the final moments of the match using speed and physicality and Ezra Hendrickson's offensive minded subs (Jones, Rossi and Craven all entered) were not enough to maintain the lead. At the 69th minute Steven Miller slammed in a rebound as he charged towards goal right when Bardsley shot. No S2 player picked him up and Miller finished the easy goal.
Now tied the shootout would restart. The final 20 minutes and five minutes of added time saw nearly another ten shots in total. Tulsa had the only one that mattered. Lucas Cordeiro nailed his chance when Charlie Lyon misplayed a long throw.
S2's starting lineup featured Lyon, Kovar, Mansaray and Ockford from the 1st team. Fisher and Jones would also play. That's a full seven players of Seattle's 26 rostered 1st teamers that made the trip to Oklahoma. S2 plays OKC Energy FC on Saturday at 5 PM Pacific.