Reno ends three-game road trip with dramatic win in Tulsa
Reno 1868 FC scored two goals in the first 45 minutes on Saturday night in Tulsa, its first half since a deflating 1-0 loss at Oklahoma City three days prior.
Two goals allowed in the second half put Reno on the brink of another maddening result. Enter Chris Wehan.
The 22-year-old New Mexico product netted the game winner in the 84th minute with an assist from Brian Brown and gave Reno a 3-2 road victory. The win kept Reno (9-5-6) two points ahead of Sacramento for fourth place in the Western Conference and capped a six-point, three-match road trip.
Tulsa (8-9-2) saw its five-match unbeaten streak end and dropped into a tie for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.
The visitors jumped to a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute on Dane Kelly’s USL-leading 15th goal of the year. Wehan assisted. Antoine Hoppenot’s eight goal of the year put Reno up 1-0 in the 19th minute.
Tulsa halved the deficit on a free kick from just outside the box seven minutes into the second half and drew even in the 67th. The two goals surrendered by the Reno defense were the most allowed since a 2-1 loss at Salt Lake on June 19 – a span of eight matches.
Reno 1868 FC will play its first home game in three weeks on Saturday when it will host second-place San Antonio FC (11-1-8) at 7:30 p.m. San Antonio is undefeated in its last five matches. Four of those have ended in draws.
The two squads met back in April and San Antonio rolled 4-0 in Texas. It was just Reno’s fourth match in franchise history.