2015 US Open Cup Round 1: Hume brothers lead Midland-Odessa Sockers over Tulsa Athletics, 3-1

Posted by | May 18, 2015
Sockers FC advance to play Oklahaoma City Energy FC (USL) in Round 2
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Midland-Odessa Sockers    Midland-Odessa Sockers
 Grande Communications Stadium - Midland, TX 

midland-odessa-sockers-logoThree different players scored for the Midland-Odessa Sockers FC, which defeated the Tulsa Athletics 3-1 on Wednesday in a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup First Round game at Grande Communications Stadium.

Walker Hume (16th minute) and Andrew Lopez (35th) netted first-half goals for the Premier Development League’s Sockers, who made their Open Cup debut, and Scott Smith provided the needed breathing room with his 86th minute goal.

Smith’s tally, birthed out of a challenge on Athletics’ goalkeeper Ben La Corsa by Tucker Hume, pushed the Sockers’ lead back to two goals after Jake Schmoker’s stunning shot from 35 yards away from the net sliced into the deficit in the 77th minute.

“Coming out here and getting three goals and allowing one really nice goal from them was a good performance,” said Tucker Hume, who had two assists. “I thought it was a good overall effort from the team and a good starting point.”

Sockers FC advances to face the United Soccer League’s Oklahoma City Energy FC at 7:30 p.m. CDT on May 20 in Midland.

Tulsa, out of the National Premier Soccer League, was out on the front foot in the early stages of the game. Walker Hume’s goal, which stemmed from the Athletics’ inability to clear a corner kick, shifted the run of play toward the Sockers for the rest of the opening half.

Sockers’ keeper Joseph Melong saved Levi Coleman’s penalty kick two minutes after halftime.

Melong finished with five saves. La Corsa came away with six stops.

Tulsa Athletics Midland-Odessa Sockers
GOALS 76' · Jacob Schmoker (Jean Francois Gnapi) 
16' · Walker Hume (unassisted) 
35' · Andrew Lopez (Tucker Hume) 
86' · Scott Smith (Tucker Hume) 
SHOTS 6 13
FOULS 12 9
YELLOW CARDS 40' · Kevin Howard 
68' · Jordan Schmoker 
88' · Jean Francois Gnapi 
50' · Jonny Denton 
AR:   Ricardo Mercado
AR:  Tony Obas
4th: Secundino Najera
Tulsa Athletics
Benjamin LaCourse (GK)
Kevin Howard
Terence Smith
Blaine Gonsalves
Chris Taylor
Jacob Schmoker
Niall Burley
Tyler Hill
Corey Albertson
Byron Knowles
Levi Coleman
 Jean Francois Gnapi (Byron Knowles) 46'
 Jordan Schmoker (Terence Smith) 46'
 Michael Mitrik (Corey Albertson) 62'
Midland-Odessa Sockers
Joe Melong ((GK))
Isaac Sanchez
Walker Hume
Christian DeLuna
Josh Taylor
Jonny Denton
Andrew Lopez
Andrew Fox
Fabio Pena
Troy McKerrell
Tucker Hume
 Scott Smith (Jonny Denton) 58'
 Manny Lira (Troy McKerrell) 68'
 Jesus Bolivar (Andrew Lopez) 79'