Oklahoma City Energy FC dropped its third straight match on Saturday night at Pribil Stadium, 1-0 to Los Angeles Galaxy II, before 4,089 fans.
An early goal gave the visiting side all it needed to win the USL Pro game. Daniel Steres, a Galaxy II defender, tapped in a goal in the 19th minute off a corner kick sent in from Andre Auras. Energy FC never recovered.
“Not the result we wanted. We started too slow again,” Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said. “It took us a long time to get in the game and I feel like L.A. was in control. What I was missing was that fire in the eyes from my guys from the beginning. I saw that in the last 15 minutes, but I didn’t see it from the beginning.”
The loss leaves Energy FC in a tie for seventh place in the standings with the Charleston Battery, who visit Oklahoma City next Sunday. But to come out flat and not put forth 100 percent effort this late in the season worries Nielsen.
“Right now we’re digging a hole for ourself,” Nielsen said. “We don’t have anyone doing it for us. We’re doing it for ourself right now. We’ve got to step up, and that’s got to be really soon.”
Energy FC found a chance early in the match when Kyle Greig got a pass over the top and made a run, but his first and second shots were deflected. Nate Shiffman found the ball and sent in a cross, but it was headed out as well. Energy FC finished with only two shots on goal, one from Dan Delgado in the first half and another from Javier Castro in stoppage time. Galaxy II goalkeeper Brian Perk saved both shots.
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