Oklahoma City FC players and coaches celebrate with the derby trophy after defeating Tulsa Fortuna 1-0 on Friday night. [OKLAHOMA CITY FC]
TULSA — Oklahoma City FC opened its 2018 season with a road victory after applying early pressure followed with strong goalkeeping in a pressure-filled final 20 minutes.
Addyson Guthrie (Edmond/University of Tulsa) scored the match’s only goal in the 36th minute giving the visitors a 1-0 victory vs. Fortuna Tulsa at the University of Tulsa Hurricane Soccer Stadium on Friday night.
Guthrie scored after Madison May (Deer Creek/Oklahoma State) fired a low cross from the right side of the goalkeeper’s box, which deflected off a Fortuna defender near post and across to Guthrie, who was open point-blank on the back post.
Oklahoma City pressured Tulsa for most of the first half as well as into the opening minutes of the second half. Oklahoma City forward Ivanna Rivas (Edmond/TCU) had the first scoring chance of the match with a 20-yard strike that ricocheted off the crossbar and inches in front of the goal line.
Oklahoma City forward Yazmeen Ryan (Norman/TCU) had three one-on-one scoring chances in the 28th, 51st and 53rd minutes, but Fortuna goalkeeper Paige Hobart (Broken Arrow/OU) saved each of those breakaways.
Tulsa had its best first-half scoring chance in the 20th minute. Rachel Blankenship (Oklahoma City/University of Tulsa) headed a Fortuna corner kick past Oklahoma City keeper Hensley Hancuff (Edmond/Villanova), forcing Rivas to hastily clear the ball off the line.
Hancuff was fantastic in the second half as Tulsa seamlessly threatened for an equalizing goal in the closing minutes. Hancuff, who earlier this month was invited to train with the United States Women’s National Team U-18 and U-19 teams, made save after save as Fortuna dangerously fired corner and free kicks into traffic inside the box.
The match, played in front of a crowd of 1,750, was the season opener for both clubs.
Oklahoma City FC returns to action in Sunday’s home opener vs. Little Rock Rangers. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Mid-America Christian University. Tickets for Oklahoma City FC games are $5 and available at the gate. For more information go online to OklahomaCityFC.com or call (405) 601-0025.