ALBUQUERQUE, NM– On their second road trip of the season the Tulsa Roughnecks traveled to Albuquerque to take on the USL Championship’s newest team, New Mexico United. Opening up the first half Devon Sandoval puts New Mexico on the board in the 7th minute with Santi Moar finding the back of the net in the 20th. Despite the Roughnecks maintaining a 57% possession and several opportunities throughout the first 45 minutes, we saw New Mexico United end the half leading 2-0.
After the second half began, Luca Lobo puts the Tulsa Roughnecks on the board with a goal in the 60th minute as a result of a set piece following Mallan Roberts’ saved header. In fact, five of the Roughnecks seven goals this season have been from set pieces.
After a hard-fought 2nd half the game would finish with New Mexico United handing the Roughnecks their first defeat of the 2019 season with a 2-1 loss and rewarding New Mexico with their first 3-point performance of the season.
The Tulsa Roughnecks will be back in action next Saturday, March 23rd at ONEOK Field when they take on the Tacoma Defiance.
Tulsa Roughnecks — Sean Lewis, Anthony Legendre (Renan Ferreira – 79’), Cyprian Hedrick, Mallan Roberts, Luca Lobo, Jeff Addai (Iddrisu Abdallah – 76’), Manny Gonzalez (Akeil Barrett – 45’), Cristhian Altamirano, Fabian Bastidas, Rodrigo De Costa, Janu Silva.
Substitutes not used — Andrew MacRae, Brayan Reyes, AJ Ajeakwa.
New Mexico United — Cody Mizell, Josh Suggs, Justin Schmidt, Rashid Tetteh, Manny Padilla, Santi Moar, Toni Soler (Tommy Madden – 79’), Saalih Muhammad, David Estrada, Devon Sandoval (Ryan Williams – 68’), Kevaughn Frater (Sam Hamilton – 74’).
Substitutes not used — Ben Beaury, Josh Goss.
TRFC: Luca Lobo – 60’
NMU: Devon Sandoval – 7’, Santi Moar – 20’
Weather: Sunny, 62