The Vaqueros are back on the road for the third consecutive National Premier Soccer League game, this time at Tulsa.
Sunday, Fort Worth was the first to earn a point off South Central Conference leader San Antonio with a 1-1 tie at Alamo Stadium. Tulsa enters the match in last place, but fresh off a 3-3 draw with third-place Joplin.
“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 just two points behind fourth-place Dallas City.
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“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.”
Tulsa has 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.”
Corwin Carbonell leads the Vaqueros with two goals in three games. 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.
FW Vaqueros FC at Tulsa Athletics
7:30 tonight, Athletics Stadium, Tulsa
Records: Vaqueros 1-3-3, 6 points; Tulsa 1-4-2, 5 points