The following appears courtesy of Fort Worth Vaqueros Media Relations.
TULSA, Okla. _ The Vaqueros were short-handed in more ways than one on Saturday. A red-card plus the absence of a top-defender saw the Vaqueros fall 7-1 to the Tulsa Athletics in Oklahoma during NPSL South Central Conference play.
“We again got off to another slow start conceding goals from errors,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said. “Then we seemed to lose our confidence and the red card capped it all off before halftime.”
Starting Vaqueros defender Jacob Speed missed the match due to a lingering ankle issue. The central defender has proven vital to Fort Worth this season. The Vaqueros are 1-1-3 in matches with Speed on the field. In games without Speed in the lineup, Fort Worth is 0-3 and has allowed 14 goals.
Tulsa took an early lead in the fifth minute and never looked back. The Athletics built a 3-0 lead before Vaqueros defender Joseph Cervantes was ejected. Cervantes was shown the red card for a handling offense in the penalty area.
The Athletics added a fourth goal to take the big lead into the break.
“I thought the game would have been completely different if we had not given up two goals in the first 10 minutes,” Vaqueros midfielder Corwin Carbonell said. “Our start really killed us.”
Fort Worth trailed 6-0 before Jorge Deleon scored the Vaqueros lone goal of the night in the 63rd minute.
The Vaqueros return to action against Liverpool at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Saginaw’s Rough Rider Stadium.