Reno 1868 FC keeps rolling with 2-1 win at Energy FC
Reno 1868 FC came into Taft Stadium on Saturday night as one of the hottest teams in the United Soccer League. The club left Oklahoma City still on fire.
Reno knocked off Energy FC, 2-1, to run its unbeaten streak to nine matches, a franchise record.
After an 0-3-1 star, Reno is now 5-3-5 on the season. Energy FC fell to 2-9-1 and its modest two-game unbeaten streak (a win over Colorado Springs and a draw against Tulsa) was broken.
Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said defensive mistakes on Reno's set pieces for both goals cost Oklahoma City the game.
“We have to learn from those mistakes and correct them and don't do it again,” Cooke said. “We had our opportunities. We had our moments in the game. I thought it was a fairly evenly played game. We shot ourselves in the foot.”
Reno outshot Energy FC 16-8 in the game.
Reno took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the match on Saturday night when Zach Carroll scored on a header, assisted by Jerry van Ewijk.
Energy FC missed a great scoring chance to tie the game 30 minutes later when Alex's Dixon header struck the top of the crossbar.
Dixon, however, didn't miss the opportunity to score his first goal of the season a few minutes later.
Christian Volesky placed the ball in the center of the box in front of Reno's net.
Dixon drilled the ball with his right foot past Reno goalkeeper James Marcinkowski to tie the game 1-1.
Energy FC goalie Matt Van Oekel had five saves in the first half as Reno produced eight shots on goal, twice as many as Oklahoma City.
Energy FC missed an opportunity to take the lead early in the second half when Dixon provided the ball to a streaking Callum Ross whose kick sailed just over the net.
Reno kept the pressure on the Energy FC defense in the second half and finally scored midway through the period.
Reno's Brent Richards evaded an Energy FC defender in the corner with some fancy footwork and placed the ball to midfielder Lindo Mfeka, who booted into the corner of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Volesky, Energy FC's leading scorer, had a scoring chance late in the match but his kick was blocked.
Energy FC is on the road for its next two matches, traveling to Seattle to meet Sounders FC 2 on June 10 and to Portland on June 13 to face Timbers FC 2.
The club returns to Taft Stadium on June 16 for a match against Rio Grande Valley FC.