THANK YOU REIGN NATION, UNTIL NEXT SUMMER
REIGN FK STARTING 11 - JUNE 28, 2022 VS OKC 1889
Bartlesville, OK - This past Tuesday night, the Reign Football Klub played its final home game of the 2022 National Premier Soccer League summer season, ending in a 2-1 loss to OKC 1889 inside Bartlesville High School's Custer Stadium.
After half an hour, Reign FK was first on the score sheet. Center midfielder Cin Mang dribbled the ball from nearly half field all the way into OKC's 18-yard box before playing a beautiful pass to Grant King who was in perfect position to meet the ball at the back post and bury it past the goalkeeper. The score would remain 1-0 as the whistle blew for halftime.
After 4 halftime substitutions for OKC 1889, fast forward to the 71' of the match. OKC received a free kick on the outside edge of Reign's 18-yard box. The free kick is launched over the goal. Everyone in the stadium, and everyone streaming the game online expected a goal kick, but the referee signaled for a penalty. Disbelief from both the home and away teams. Gage Powers, Reigns starting goalkeeper (who came up with a big penalty save last week) guessed the right way, but the ball snuck under him, and the game would level up at 1-1. The shift of momentum was exactly what OKC needed, and they took full advantage sending another one past Powers, ending the game at 2-1.
The on-field results of the 2022 season have been sub-par to say the least, however, the atmosphere created by the fans, and the support generated from the community was nothing less than the setting of the bar for amateur soccer in America. What happened this summer was truly special, and we can't wait to do it all again next year. Thank you all for the best summer in the history of the club.
(As always, thank you Dwight McWilliams for the incredible photographs that you capture each and every game!)
ONE MORE: If you can make the trip, you'll have one more chance to wear your purple this summer! We play our final game of the season against Tulsa Athletic on Saturday July 9 at Hicks Park in Tulsa, OK.
"...because the ups and downs are a given..."