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Pitter Big, Laurendi Sets Record as OKC Downs Tulsa

By George Darkow, 08/20/16, 10:30PM CDT

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Energy FC takes share of four-way tie for West lead

TULSA, Okla. — Timo Pitter registered a goal and an assist and Cody Laurendi recorded his record-setting 11th shutout of the season as OKC Energy FC downed Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-0 Saturday night at ONEOK Field.  With the win, Energy FC claimed part of a four-way tie for first place in the USL Western Conference.

In the 7th minute, OKC's Kalen Ryden sent a pass to the center of the Tulsa third just beyond the arc, where Pitter unloaded a line-drive shot that sailed past Roughnecks FC keeper Alex Mangels, providing Energy FC with what would be the game's deciding goal. Pitter's goal ended a string of more than 370 minutes without an Energy FC goal, dating back to July 23, when OKC defeated Tulsa by a 3-0 score. 

With his 11th clean sheet of the season, Laurendi set a new Energy FC club record for shutouts in a season, surpassing the mark of 10 set in 2015 by Evan Newton. The USL record for shutouts in a season is 11, also set in 2015 by then-Rochester and current Orange County keeper Brandon Miller.  Eight games remain in the 2015 season for OKC.

Danni König added a goal for Energy FC in the 64th minute, when Pitter sent a cross into the Tulsa six and the 2015 USL MVP finalist headed a shot past Mangels to increase OKC's lead to 2-0. 

Energy FC has outscored Tulsa 7-0 in three matches this season. With the win, OKC clinches the Black Gold Derby Wrench award for a second consecutive season. The teams meet again next Saturday, Aug. 27, at Taft Stadium for the final time this season.

Energy FC next travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., where it faces current USL Western Conference co-leader, Switchbacks FC, in a 8 p.m. CST start Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Switchbacks Stadium.