Tulsa Athletic at Little Rock Rangers
Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m.
War Memorial Stadium – Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock, Ark. – Tulsa Athletic start a three-match road trip with a key Heartland Conference contest at Little Rock Rangers on Saturday (June 8) at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
The clash is a matchup of the top two teams in the Heartland Conference at the midway point of the season. Tulsa Athletic rank first in the league with 11 points through five matches, tallying three wins and two draws. Little Rock Rangers sit in second place with nine points after five contests with three wins and two losses. The winner of the match will hold first place in the conference standings.
The two clubs met earlier this season in Tulsa as host Tulsa Athletic defeated Little Rock Rangers, 3-1, at Veterans Park on May 5th in the season opener for both squads. Joe Ruiz gave Tulsa Athletic an early advantage with a goal off a corner kick in the opening minutes. Little Rock Rangers evened the score early in the second half, but Adoudakr Diallo and Alex Harris tallied goals in the second half for Tulsa Athletic for the 3-1 victory.
Tulsa Athletic is unbeaten in the 2019 season with a 3-0-2 record for 11 points. Four of the five matches were in Tulsa with one road contest at FC Wichita where the teams played to a 2-2 draw. Tulsa Athletic play three straight road contests before returning to Veterans Park on June 30.
Diallo leads the Heartland Conference with four goals on the season. Joe Garcia, Santiago Riveros, Alex Harris, Junior Kazeem, Adam Habib, Billy Nzojyibwami and Joe Ruiz each add one goal this season for Tulsa Athletic as the club leads the conference in goals scored with 11.
Little Rock, the 2018 Heartland Conference champion, is 3-2 on the season with wins over Ozark FC, Demize NPSL and Club Atletico Saint Louis. Their losses are to Tulsa Athletic and at Ozark FC. Four of their first five matches in the NPSL schedule have been played on the road. Saturday’s match is the first home contest for Little Rock since May 12 when Little Rock Rangers defeated Ozark FC 3-1. Donald Benamna paces the team with four goals this season.
In the all-time series, Tulsa Athletic hold a 6-2-1 advantage against Little Rock Rangers, but Little Rock is 2-1-1 all-time at War Memorial Stadium, including back-to-back wins last season.
Little Rock will provide live video streaming HERE. For fans making the trip to Little Rock, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under.
The official Tulsa Athletic watch party will be held at Fuel 66 located at 2439 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104.