Roughnecks fall to Sacramento

Local sports fans had plenty to do this past weekend as both the Tulsa Roughnecks and the Tulsa Shock had a pair of home games.

For the first time in four weeks, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC played a home match at ONEOK Field Thursday night, but unfortunately the team came up short in front of their home crowd of 3,708. Sacramento Republic FC defeated Tulsa, 3-1.

David Estrada of Sacramento scored his third goal of the season, in the 20th minute, to break the scoreless tie and put the Republic FC on the scoreboard first.

In the 37th minute, Sacramento’s Rodrigo Lopez stepped around a Tulsa defender and slid the ball under goalkeeper Zac Lubin to give the Republic FC a 2-0 lead. It was Lopez’s eighth goal of the season.

In the 72nd minute, former Tulsa Revolution player Cristian Mata put Tulsa on the board with a nice shot from just inside the penalty area that sailed into the net, and Tulsa cut Sacramento’s lead, 2-1.

Lopez scored his second goal of the night for Sacramento from 20 yards out, in the 76th minute, and the Republic took a 3-1 lead for good. Sacramento’s record improved to 9-6-1.

On Saturday, Tulsa lost to the L.A. Galaxy II, 4-2, in front of 5,275 fans at ONEOK Field.

Los Angeles got on the board early in this one with a goal from Raul Mendiola just four minutes into the match.

Tulsa evened the score with an unassisted goal by Iarfhlaith Davoren. His shot from the left side of the penalty area deflected off a defender and under the diving L.A. goalkeeper.

Galaxy II took a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute on a rocket from 20-yards out by Bradford Jamieson.

Just four minutes later, Jamieson scored again on a shot from 15-yards out that curved around a diving Lubin.

Tulsa’s Brady Ballew was fouled in the penalty area, drawing a penalty kick for Tulsa. Gibson Bardsley did the honors on the PK and slid the ball into the net opposite side from the diving keeper, Clement Diop, of Los Angeles.

However, Los Angeles answered quickly with a goal by Ariel Lassiter just two minutes later, giving Galaxy II a 4-2 lead.

Los Angeles improved their season record to 9-5-1, while Tulsa’s record dropped to 4-8-2. The Roughnecks will be home again on July 9 to play Orange County Blues FC at 7:30 p.m. at ONEOK Field.

SHOCK ON A STREAK

The Tulsa Shock won their seventh straight game by defeating the New York Liberty, 71-62, Friday night at the BOK Center.

Tulsa had well-rounded scoring with only one player in double figures, Riquna Williams with 11 points. Adding to the scoring was Skylar Diggins and Plenette Pierson each with nine, Karima Christmas and Vicki Baugh each with eight.

Tulsa then hosted Seattle on Sunday, winning their eighth in a row with a 93-89 victory over the Storm.

Diggins scored a career high 31 points to lead the Shock, while Pierson and Williams each added 19.

The Shock have a record of 8-1 and are in first place in the WNBA Western Conference, one game in front of Minnesota. Tulsa was scheduled to play at Seattle on Tuesday as this paper went to press, and will play three other road games returning home. The next home game for the Shock will be July 11 at 7 p.m., at the BOK Center.