RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC came away with a point after a back and forth 90-minute showdown against Tulsa Roughneck FC Saturday night.
The point didn’t come easy for Tulsa as Reno 1868 FC had 21 total shots after 90 minutes of play, seven of which came in just the first 20 minutes of the night.
"I thought it was a good game. It was kind-of back and forth, I thought we had more chances, played really well,” Head Coach Ian Russel said. “A couple of questionable calls on both sides, I think one of our goals might have been offsides, I think one of theirs was, but that’s how it goes. Overall I think we played pretty well."
Corey Hertzog originally found the back of the net in the 27th minute, but the goal was called offsides. This didn’t stop the forward from finding the back of the net two minutes later and then again in first half stoppage time to help earn Reno the point.
Hertzog scored in the 29th minute after a cross from Brent Richards was flicked perfectly into place for Hertzog to one-touch finish.
"I didn't care how it went in,” forward Corey Hertzog said, “I mean finally scoring after being 7, 8 games in, it definitely should have come a little earlier but it's good to get two in and hopefully the confidence carries over to the rest of the matches.”
Tulsa’s Janu Silva found the equalizer in the 36th minute, but it was Hertzog who gave Reno the lead again in stoppage time of the first half.
“As a forward, anyone who's been a forward or a goal-scorer, to finally get that first goal is the biggest relief,” Hertzog said “Hopefully they just start coming now."
Reno’s lead didn’t last in the second half after Tulsa equalized again in the 60th minute with a goal by Da Costa.
The boys in blue saw many chances to take the lead, but ultimately came away with a point after a night of Cinco de Mayo celebrations and 90 minutes of soccer.
Reno hits the road next weekend for the first Donner Pass Derby match of the season against Sacramento Republic FC. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. Reno 1868 FC will finally return home again on June 1st to host Las Vegas Lights in the first match of the Silver State Cup. For tickets, visit Reno1868FC.com or the Greater Nevada ticket office.
Reno 1868 FC Starting XI
GK (18) JT Marcinkowski, D (5) Zach Carroll ©, D (2) Emrah Klimenta, D (16) Brent Richards, D (11) Duke Lacroix, M (84) Seth Casiple, M (10) Lindo Mfeka, M (8) Will Seymore, M (40) Raúl Mendiola, F (21) Corey Hertzog, F (99) Brian Brown
GK (25) Damion Lewis, D (6) Thomas Janjigian, M (97) Sergio Rivas, M (23) Sam Gleadle, D (3) Benjamin Galindo Cruz, F (9) Danny Musovski, F (17) Aidan Apodaca
79’ Sam Gleadle on, Raúl Mendiola off
83’ Sergio Rivas on, Lindo Mfeka off
90’ Danny Musovski on, Corey Hertzog off