Jonathan Top with the lone goal for Arizona United SC
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 9, 2015) — Jonathan Top’s second goal in as many matches helped snap Arizona United Soccer Club’s three match losing streak on Saturday night in a 1-1 draw with the Tulsa Roughnecks in front of 2,858 fans.
“I think we played well,” said head coach Michael Dellorusso. “We kept the ball well. Again, we didn’t make a play on either side of the ball.”
Top’s goal came in the 19th minute when midfielder Jose “Chiva” Cuevas blasted a shot from near the top of the 18-yard penalty box that was initially saved by Tulsa goalkeeper Zac Lubin. He couldn’t hold on to the ball and Top collected the rebound and tapped the ball into the net for the easy goal.
Arizona United SC continued pressing the Tulsa defense for the remainder of the first half. In the 42nd minute, a Top cross into the box found forward Long Tan, who headed the ball on target but was denied by Lubin. At the 56th minute mark, defender Tyler Ruthven was clear at the far post, freed by a Milton Blanco free kick, but his header went wide of the post.
Less than ten minutes later, defender Rob Valentino won a 50-50 in the air and played a ball to Tan, who created some space and fired a shot on target before being denied. Tan later played the creator, instead of the shooter, freeing teammate Brad Stisser in space to the right of the goalkeeper, but Stisser fired his shot wide.
“We had the game in hand, we did exactly what we wanted to do, but we didn’t capitalize on the chances we had,” said captain Rob Valentino. “We talked at halftime, if we don’t score in this (second) half, it’s simple we won’t win the game. Unfortunately we gave up a chance and they scored.”
Tulsa tied the game in the 90th minute when midfielder Gibson Bardsley beat his defender and ran along the goal line from the left side of the field and drove his shot past Arizona United SC goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski. The draw is Arizona’s first tie of the season as the team moves to 3-3-1 with 10 points.
“It’s tough, it felt like we played well and controlled most of the game,” said goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski. “I don’t think it was our best performance, but I felt we did enough to win, unfortunately we weren’t able to do it.”
Up next for Arizona United SC is the Austin Aztex on May 16 at home.
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Match: Arizona United Soccer Club vs Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Date: May 9, 2015
Venue: Scottsdale Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees
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AZ – Jonathan Top – 21st minute
TR – Gibson Bardsley – 89th minute
TR – Kyle Venter (caution) – 33rd minute
AZ – Jonathan Top (caution) – 39th minute
AZ – Tyler Ruthven (caution) – 45th minute
TR – Kidd Nwabueze (caution) – 56th minute
AZ – Rob Valentino (caution) – 67th minute
Arizona United SC: Carl Woszczynski, Alex Shinsky, Rob Valentino (Devon Grousis – 72′), Tyler Ruthven, Damian Rosales, Joey Dillon, Jose “Chiva” Cuevas (Milton Blanco – 46), Jonathan Top (George Malki – 81′), Brad Stisser, Danny Garcia, Long Tan
Substitutions not used: Jacole Turner, Brock Granger, Scott Morrison, Cameron Vickers
Tulsa Roughnecks: Zac Lubin, Ryan Price, Mason Grimes, Kyle Venter, Iarfhaith Deveron, Eli Galbraith-Knapp (Andy Lorei – 87′), Chads Bonds, Laurie Bell (Gibson Bradsley – 73), Steven Miller (Ben Brewster – 81′), Kidd Nwabueze, Sammy Ochoa
Substitutions not used: Jake Feener, Andy Lorei, Julian Portugal