Soccer season is underway

Soccer season brings out the Roustabouts and the cheering crowd was in full force Saturday night as the Tulsa Roughnecks defeated the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, 2-0, in the USL season opener. There were 5,328 fans in attendance at ONEOK Field.

The Roustabouts is the name given to the group of rabid fans that sit behind one of the goals, decked out in their Roughnecks garb, cheering loudly, blowing horns and waving flags.

These diehard fans were certainly thrilled with the outcome of the first regular season match for the hometown team.

The Roughnecks scored first in the 32nd minute of the match on a shot by David Abidor from 15 yards out, that was deflected off a Toros player who had fallen down in the penalty area.

Just 10-seconds into the second half the Roughnecks took a two goal lead on a rocket by Carlos Martinez, from a yard outside the penalty area that sailed into the upper left corner of the goal.

A yellow card was issued to Tulsa’s Brady Ballew at the 55th minute for unsporting behavior. Then in the 73rd minute a yellow card was shown to Eric Bird of RGV for tripping.

Tulsa’s goalkeeper, Alex Mangels, was spectacular in net blocking all 12 RGV shots on goal.

The Toros took a total of 22 shots in the match. Mangels is a rookie out of the University of California – Berkley.

Tulsa had six shots on goal and a total of 13 shots.

The Toros, a new team to the league this year, were playing in their first ever USL regular season match.

The Roughnecks have a favorable schedule to start the season as four of the team’s first five games are at home. Here is the Roughnecks home schedule:

April 2, 7 p.m. vs. Sporting KC2; April 9, 7 p.m. vs. Real Monarchs SLC; April 23, 7 p.m. vs. Portland Timbers 2; May 21, 7 p.m. vs. St. Louis FC; June 4, 7 p.m. vs. OKC Energy FC; June 17, 7:30 p.m. vs. L.A. Galaxy 2; July 1, 7:30 p.m. vs. Arizona United SC; July 3, 7:30 p.m. vs. San Antonio FC; July 15, 7:30 p.m. vs. St. Louis FC; Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. vs. Orange County Blues FC; Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. vs. Sporting KC2; Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. vs. RGV FC Toros; Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. vs. OKC Energy FC; Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. vs. Sacramento Republic FC.

HARRISON TO SLAM DUNK

University of Tulsa senior Shaquille Harrison will compete in the 2016 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, tonight at 8 p.m. at Berry Center in Cypress, Texas. Harrison is one of eight men’s college basketball players chosen for the 28th annual event, which will air live on ESPN.

Harrison, a 6-4 guard from Kansas City, Mo., averaged 15.1 points and team-highs of 5.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He ended his career ranked second all-time at TU in assists (461), third in steals (244) and 11th in scoring (1,481 points).

He is the only player in Tulsa history to start every game of his four-year career, and the only player to compile 1,300 points, 400 assists and 200 steals.

Harrison was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays on Jan. 14 with a reverse dunk on an alley-oop from Rashad Ray, against UConn. He made highlight-reel dunk in Tulsa’s NCAA Tournament game against Michigan with an alley-oop slam on a similar play.

Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships.

The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation’s top college basketball players during the Men’s 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Women’s 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Battle of the Champions, and the Slam Dunk Championship.

EMEGANO HONORED

ORU senior guard Obi Emegano was certainly the bright spot on a disappointing men’s basketball season.

He has now been awarded for his great play by being named to the NABC All-District 12 First Team. Emegano was a second team all-district selection in 2014-15.

This past season, Emegano put together one of the best offensive performances in the nation and in ORU history, ranking in the top 10 in the NCAA in points per game with 23.1. He led the Summit League in free throw attempts, free throws made, 30-point games and total points per game.

He finished the year ninth in ORU history in single season scoring with 669 points and seventh at ORU in free throws made (198), attempted (232) and free throw percentage (.853). He was named the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic MVP and earned a spot on the Lou Henson Award Watch List.