TULSA, OKLAHOMA — FC Wichita played 90 minutes on a muddy, soggy field in Tulsa without six players and came away with the scoreless draw against their rival, Tulsa Athletic.

It’s FC Wichita third straight shutout dating back to last season.

“We were a bit short handed,” coach Lucas Cordeiro said. “We fought really hard and really put out a strong effort as a club.”

The conditions were rough. To the point, the officials watched them evolve and at one end of the field, devolve but they chose to play. The better of the two ends saw both teams attacking and multiple scoring chances. FC Wichita had their first chance in the first half when Adam James put a cross into the box but was cleared by the Tulsa backline.

“We just continue the continuity from last season through this season,” goalkeeper Mark Weir said.

FC Wichita had a couple of chances in the first half but the flip of the field at the break saw the offense come to a halt with the mud and standing water. They relied on their defense and it paid off as all Tulsa threats were pushed away.

Tulsa had the lone opportunity, but it was called back on an offsides call in the 57th minute.

1`“Our backline was really our strength today,” Cordeiro said.

Mark Weir and the backline were a brick wall all afternoon. Attempt and attempt from Tulsa were negated by a solid defensive stand by the best defense in the Heartland Conference.

FC Wichita will travel to Saint Louis, Missouri to take on the Saint Louis Club Atletico on Sunday, May 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Saint Louis University High School. Saint Louis will have your game stream on CujooTV.

The Boys in Red return for their home opener at Stryker Stadium on May 25, also against Tulsa Athletic. That is a scheduled 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Tickets can be purchased here for only $10. Buy your tickets and join in as FC Wichita looks to get their first home win at Stryker.

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About Charles Chaney

Charles Chaney is a social media professional for both the FC Wichita men's and women's clubs.