Energy FC drops fourth straight
The losing streak reached four for Energy FC as Portland Timbers FC 2 downed Oklahoma City, 3-0, Saturday night at Taft Stadium.
After opening the season with a 1-0 victory over the Tulsa Roughnecks, Energy FC is now 1-4 on the young season and has scored just three goals.
“Hopefully we will get it together soon,” said Energy FC's Richard Dixon.
Portland scored first in the 34th minute of the first half on a goal by former Stanford player Foster Langsdorf on an assist from Augustine Williams, who picked up his first assist in the USL since last year's match at Energy FC in May.
The Timbers scored again in the second half in the 54th minute on a goal by Victor Arboleda on another assist from Williams.
Oklahoma City missed several scoring opportunities in the first half, the best in the last five minutes of the period when a shot by Jaime Siaj bounced off the goal post.
Siaj also had an earlier opportunity when he raced ahead of the field but his kick was wide of the goal post. Former Deer Creek player Christian Ibeagha had a good chance off a corner kick early in the first half, but his kick sailed over the goal post.
Energy FC coach Steve Cooke lamented the missed the scoring opportunities in the first half, and said his club didn't capitalize on early chances to take the lead and put pressure on Portland.
“Jaime had a couple of good chances and I think we had three great opportunities in the corners early in the first half," Cooke said. "When you miss chances like that, you invite teams to cause you problems.”
Oklahoma City outshot Portland 8-5 in the first half but trailed 1-0.
Energy FC had fewer chances in the second half as Portland controlled most of the play. Portland made it 3-0 in the 84th minute on the first career goal by former Heritage Hall star Lamar Batista on a penalty kick after a yellow card was given to Dixon.
Cooke said he is disappointed by the start of the season but not frustrated.
“We are not going to give in. It's not like we are down. It's not like we are and running away from the challenge,” said the first-year Energy FC coach.
“This is what we do for a living. We are in an environment where results matter. We are in an environment where every defeat weighs heavy on people.
“Two weeks ago, we were talking about us being a very good team, winning at home and really taking the game to people. It's only two weeks. So if you ask me if it's frustrating, no, it just makes us more determined to get back to work on Monday and get on with the job and turn this thing around.”
It was Energy FC's first home loss Portland in three matches. It was only the second time in six matches that Portland has defeated Energy FC. The Timbers improved to 2-2-1 on the season.
Energy FC's next match is on the road at the Swope Park Rangers in Kansas City, Missouri. Energy FC is back at home on April 21 to face Saint Louis FC.