PEORIA, Arizona – OKC Energy FC dropped a 2-1 decision to Arizona United SC in extra time Wednesday evening in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Energy FC had quality opportunities to score in the opening period but was unable to convert. David Leichty had a chance in the fourth minute as he brought the ball in along the goal line. Arizona kicked the ball out for a corner kick, and the set piece resulted in several chances for Energy FC but United finally cleared the ball thwart the threat.
Philip Lund got past the United defense in the 10th minute and had a header that Arizona goalkeeper Evan Newton was just able to get his hands on it to make the save. United got a chance in the 24th minute but Energy FC goalkeeper Samir Badr punched the ball out along the near post to keep the ball out.
Despite each team’s chances, the first half ended in a scoreless tie.
Energy FC midfielder Michael Thomas was sent off in the 47th minute after receiving a red card. Despite playing a man down for the remainder of the half, Badr was excellent in goal and the Energy FC back four of Kyle Miller, Cyprian Hedrick, Gareth Evans and Peabo Doue played well defensively to keep OKC in the game.
The breakthrough came in stoppage time as Kyle Greig converted on a header for the equalizer to force the extra time. Neither team found the back of the net in the first overtime period, but Bradlee Baladez scored in the 112th minute to push Arizona back in front 2-1.
Energy FC had a chance to tie the game late as Christian Duke was awarded a penalty kick in the 119th minute after United was called for a handball in the box. Goalkeeper Newton made the save to secure the 2-1 win for Arizona.
Energy FC returns home Saturday night against the New York Red Bull reserves at 7 p.m. CT at Pribil Stadium. Tickets remain and can be purchased online at www.EnergyFC.com or by calling 235-KICK.