The following appears courtesy of Fort Worth Vaqueros Media Relations.
The Vaqueros head back out on the highway for a single-game journey to Tulsa after playing on the road to Houston and San Antonio last weekend. In the Alamo City, Fort Worth became the first team this season to earn the first points of the season off of South Central Conference leader San Antonio. Fort Worth picked up a significant road point with a 1-1 draw in Alamo City from the previously perfect Corinthians.
Tulsa enters the match in last place but fresh off a 3-3 draw with third place Joplin. Tulsa won the South Central Conference the past two seasons but has struggled to find form this year.
“We are ready and focused,” Vaqueros midfielder Diego Sanchez said. “Tulsa is a good team. It won’t be an easy game but we’re not the same team as last year.”
The Vaqueros enter the game feeling confident after finding their form the past three games. “The team is playing well,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said. “In two out of the last three games we have earned significant points. We won against Joplin, a previously unbeaten team and tied the first place team in San Antonio. We are very confident but know that Tulsa will be a very physical game.”
A tight grouping in the middle of the conference means the seventh place Vaqueros sit a mere two points behind fourth place Dallas City. “Tulsa is a huge game for us especially after the San Antonio game,” Fort Worth defender Austin Stewart said. “With a result we could find ourselves in the top four of our conference.”
Corwin Carbonell leads the Vaqueros with two goals in three games so far. Carbonell struck against Dallas City and Joplin. Jorge Deleon, Abdoulaye “Papa” Faly, Tyler Humphrey, Ricky Mejia and Nestor Martinez each have a single goal for Fort Worth. Outside defender Austin Stewart leads the team in assists with two. Humphrey and Mejia also have an assist for the Vaqueros.