USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 10, 2016
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC came close to breaking the deadlock, but settled for a 0-0 draw against the University of Tulsa on Thursday night in a preseason exhibition at Hurricane Stadium.
In the midst of an arduous preseason schedule that saw the side play its fifth game in the past 13 days on Thursday night, the Roughnecks didn’t quite hit the heights of their earlier contests, but Coach David Irving believes that was to be expected.
“If I were a betting man, I would have said we would have played that way,” Irving said. “We had a tough week last week, and we were not really up to it tonight. We had some guys out of position, and we were off the pace. But that is what preseason is all about, and there are no excuses for us. It's all credit to TU as they made it difficult for us.”
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Neither side threatened greatly in the early going, but Roughnecks goalkeeper Jake Feener was forced into a pair of saves to keep the game scoreless as the Golden Hurricane threatened.
The Roughnecks went close twice before the break with a pair of headers, the first by Iarfhlaith Davoren as he put a cross by Brady Ballew on target. Sammy Ochoa then hit the crossbar a minute before halftime.
The second half saw the Roughnecks make numerous changes, as Adriano Pellegrino made his first appearance for the club, and almost opened the scoring in the 65th minute with a shot that was turned wide for a corner. Taylor Morgan almost capitalized on that opportunity, but the game ended scoreless.
Despite the lack of goals, Irving remained positive as the club builds toward its home opener against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, March 26.
“We have two weeks to go before the start of the regular season, and we are getting there,” Irving said.