The final home game for Oklahoma City Energy FC’s inaugural season ended with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Charleston Battery before a record crowd of 4,722 at Pribil Stadium.
“When there is really something on the table, we haven’t been able to step up,” Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said about the team’s current five-game losing streak. “We have to admit and be honest to ourselves that we haven’t been good enough. We have not had the players who could step up and pull something out.”
Nielsen took the blame for the loss but said Energy FC has been too weak and easy to break down.
The first half of the match was even. Both teams took a single shot on goal and the teams’ goalkeepers made the save on each opportunity. The second half started the same way, but Charleston managed a breakaway in the 77th minute.
Energy FC defender Gareth Evans kicked the ball out of bounds to stop the break, giving Charleston a corner kick. Jose Cuevas sent a ball to a wide open Amadou Sanyang who headed it down toward the goal and in to give Charleston a 1-0 lead with just over 10 minutes left.
Shortly afterward, a pressing Energy FC team exposed a hole in the back line, and Charleston’s Hevial Cordoves netted the second goal of the game.
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