TULSA, Okla. – Playing the second game of a three-match road trip, T2 earned a point after battling Tulsa Roughnecks FC to a 0-0 draw on the road at ONEOK Field on Wednesday night.
Timbers on loan
Multiple Portland Timbers made appearances for T2 in the match. Forward Jeremy Ebobisse made his fourth straight start of the season, while midfielder Victor Arboleda appeared in his third match in 2018. Timbers goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made his second straight appearance, making three saves and earning his first shutout of the season. Defender Modou Jadama earned his fourth straight start. Midfielder Eryk Williamson made his second start of the season, while forward Foster Langsdorf played 25 minutes as a second-half substitute. Additionally, Williamson and Langsdorf finished the match tied with a game-high three chances created.
T2 against Tulsa Roughnecks FC
With tonight’s result against Roughnecks FC, T2 are now 4-1-1 in six all-time matches dating back May 30, 2015.
Attacking down the right flank, defender Jimmy Mulligan delivered a low cross into the path of Arboleda, whose toe-poked effort missed inches wide of the post in the ninth minute. Five minutes later, a blocked shot inside the penalty area by Arboleda fell to Lewis on the edge of the 18-yard box, but his effort was fired over the crossbar in the 14th minute.
T2 saw their best scoring chance come just before halftime when Mulligan, attacking down the right wing, picked out Ebobisse, who forced Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda into a strong save at his near post to force a corner kick in the 44th minute.
In the 70th minute, Ebobisse’s shot from the edge of the box missed wide of the post. Following a set-piece play that ended up with a loose ball inside the penalty area, Jadama’s left-footed shot skipped wide past the far post
Rising to meet midfielder Andre Lewis’ delivery from a set-piece play on the left wing, Ebobisse’s header flashed past the back post in the 86th minute. One minute later, McIntosh made a diving-fingertip save on Tulsa defender Claudio Muñoz’s flicked shot from inside the box to preserve the shutout.
Attacking down the right flank, Langsdorf played Ebobisse in behind the Tulsa defense, but his shot from the right edge of the penalty area missed wide of the post in the 89th minute.
Next up, T2 will travel to face OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Saturday, April 7. Beginning at 5 p.m. (Pacific), the match against Energy FC will be streamed live at www.timbers2.com.
Postgame Quote Sheet
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles
On his overall thoughts on the match after the point on the road…
“It’s a point on the road and clean sheet. That’s a positive, but I think the team will be disappointed that they didn’t get three points. We had a lot of opportunities. I think the guys in the locker room and all of us involved think we could have gotten a little bit more out of that game.”
On Kendall McIntosh’s coming up big late to preserve the shutout…
“We talked about how there were going to be some big moments in the game. It might’ve been a chance in front of goal, it might be a tackle at midfield or it might be a save that gets made. Kendall made an absolutely outstanding save. Credit to the players that were around him too because we cleared the ball after that. It really was a good save that help secured a point for us.”
On heading into Saturday’s match at Oklahoma City Energy FC…
“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. Our primary concern is getting the players turned around. It’s our third game in a week, it’s going to be on short rest and we’re just trying to make sure the players are healthy heading into the weekend.”
T2 (1-2-1, 4pts) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (0-3-1, 1pts)
April 4, 2018 – ONEOK Field (Tulsa, Okla.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 0 0 0
Tulsa Roughnecks FC 0 0 0
TUL: Montano (Caution), 38
POR: Arboleda (Caution), 42
POR: Williamson (Caution), 81
TUL: Maidana (Caution), 83
TUL: Arce (Caution), 90+3
POR: GK McIntosh, D Mulligan, D Phillips ©, D Jadama, D Batista, M Lewis, M Zambrano (Langsdorf, 65), M Arboleda, M Williamson, M Ebobisse, F Williams (Loría, 77)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Mangels, D Hanson, M Enriquez, F Cini, F Jambga
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Arboleda, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Arboleda, Ebobisse, 1); FOULS: 12 (Williams, 4); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3
TUL: GK Cerda, D Jusino, D Muñoz, D Ugarte, M Morton (Gamble, 90+3), M Gee (Pirez, 77), M Mirkovic, M Montano, M Rivas, M Tavares (Maidana, 67), F Arce
Substitutes Not Used: GK Cleveland
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Arce, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 8 (Maidana, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
Assistant Referees: Shane Kennard, Matthew Rodman
4th Official: Truman Berghall
Weather: Mostly sunny, 54 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial