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Energy FC earns hard-fought win in home opener

Energy FC celebrates Deshorn Brown's goal at the 12:45 mark in the first half Saturday of a 2-1 win over Las Vegas Lights FC at Taft Stadium. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Energy FC celebrates Deshorn Brown's goal at the 12:45 mark in the first half Saturday of a 2-1 win over Las Vegas Lights FC at Taft Stadium. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Last season Energy FC recorded its second win on May 19. The Greens' second win of the 2019 season came on Saturday night.

Energy FC defeated Las Vegas Lights FC, 2-1, Saturday night at Taft Stadium in a match that showed all the hype about the international talent the club signed in the offseason may not be just a sell job.

Newcomers Deshorn Brown and Omar Gordon, both from Jamaica, scored goals as Energy FC won its home opener to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Brown, a late signee last year who played the final three games with Energy FC, continued his brilliant play in 2019 by scoring at the 12:45 minute mark of the first half on an assist from Alexy Bosetti, another newcomer to the Greens roster from France.

“Superb goal,” Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said.

Brown scored seven goals in Energy FC’s preseason matches and two in the Greens' 3-1 victory at El Paso Locomotive FC to open the season last weekend.

“I hate going against the guy in training,” Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi said of Brown. “I think that is probably the best compliment. What a talent. I am glad he is on our team.”

Las Vegas Lights FC tied the game 1-1 at the 73rd minute when Javan Torre's header off a corner kick found the net.

Las Vegas seemed to have captured the momentum but two more of the Energy's offseason signees combined for the game-winning goal just four minutes later.

Gordon’s kick off an assist from Cordell Cato, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, slipped past Las Vegas Lights goalie Thomas Olsen and sparked a jubilant on-field celebration by Energy FC players.

It was a physical contest with both teams having players injured. Near the end of the match several players got into a tussle, pushing and shoving each other, and had to be separated.

“Always at Taft it is a hard-fought game,” said Cooke, who thought Las Vegas was the more aggressive team to open the second half.

“I thought we were a little bit passive a little bit passive to react on set balls,” he said. “I thought they really brought the game to us.”

But Cooke credited his squad with fighting back. The game got chippy near the end because it was a tight game and both teams were playing hard, he said.

“I thought we really reacted well in the last 20 minutes," Cooke said. "In the end, I am really proud of the players for their effort and commitment to each other... I really admire their fighting spirit. Credit to the players for getting through the game. Any win you get is a fantastic win. I think our guys tonight deserved that win.”

Energy FC's next home game is April 6 against Portland Timbers 2.

Ed Godfrey

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