Thomas Wells came on in the second half and showed why he is a dominating force in the Heartland Conference. Wells scored two goals in the second half to help FC Wichita draw with Tulsa 2-2 on a stormy Saturday night at Stryker Soccer Complex.
FC Wichita is now 0-0-3 on the season, with three points. They remain firmly in third place in the Heartland Conference table.
The match was delayed for more than an hour as lightning suspended the match in the 12th minute. FC Wichita and Tulsa were just feeling each other out. Blake Arndt had an early opportunity but a great save by the Tulsa keeper kept the match level before the lightning arrived.
Once the match was moved indoors, it really heated up. Tulsa struck first on a wild, bending goal that curved around FC Wichita’s defense for a 1-0 Tulsa advantage in the 35th minute. FC Wichita would go into the half trailing 1-0.
A handful of changes up front saw FC Wichita change their attacking stance and it struck quickly out of the break. Victor Olorunfemi had a nice cross into the box for Wells, who put it passed his collegiate keeper, leveling the match 1-1 in the 49th minute.
FC Wichita dominated possession for much of the second half, getting multiple opportunities on net. It wasn’t until the 84th minute when Thomas Wells took a header from Adam James, trickling it across the line, giving FC Wichita the 2-1 lead in the 84th minute.
This rivalry has seen the highs and lows. Last year, Tulsa struck but it was James Togbah who answered back seconds later. Tulsa repaid the favor, scoring seconds after FC Wichita had taken the 2-1 lead. It was Santiago Riveros equalizing the match in the 85th minute.
Indoors or not, the match lived up to the hype of two high class clubs. FC Wichita continues to be short handed but are starting to figure things out on the offensive side of the ball.
FC Wichita now will travel to Springfield, Missouri on Thursday, May 30 for a rare mid-week battle with Demize NPSL. FC Wichita is 6-1-1 all-time against Demize NPSL. The lone loss came back in 2015, a 1-0 loss in FC Wichita’s inaugural match on May 15, 2015. FC Wichita went 1-0-1 against the Demize last season. They won 2-0 in Springfield and drew 1-1 in Wichita.
FC Wichita returns home on June 8 against the Demize in a double header. The FC Wichita women’s club kicks off at 4 p.m., with the men starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stryker Stadium. Tickets can be purchased for only $10! So, bring your friends and family to the stadium and watch both clubs get wins over the Demize.