C.J. Cochran made a club record 13 saves for OKC, but the 2017 CONCACAF Champions League champions, Club Pachuca Tuzos, ultimately sneaked past Energy FC on penalty kicks, 3-1, in an international friendly Tuesday night at Taft Stadium.
Though Pachuca outshot OKC 20-5, the Liga MX club couldn’t put a single shot past Cochran, who tallied seven saves in the first half and six in the second. Cochran’s 13 saves set a new Energy FC record, last set by current OKC keeper Cody Laurendi with eight saves on Aug. 24, 2016 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
Brothers, Miguel and Daniel Gonzalez, each tallied one of OKC’s two shots on goal for the match. In the 38th minute, OKC’s Alex Dixon sent a pass through defenders up field to a streaking Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez corralled the pass and rolled a shot that missed the Pachuca net by inches.
In the 78th minute, Daniel Gonzalez took a pass from Chad Bond near the upper-right edge of the Pachuca box and fired a shot that glanced off the right post.
Angelo Sagal led Pachuca with three shots on goal, with four others registering two shots apiece.
The second half saw a number of changes for OKC as Energy U23 players Jordan Haynes, Fernando Machado, Jacob VanCompernolle and Caio Ruiz entered the match. Later in the second half, U23’s Christian Okeke was subbed in.
At the end of regulation, the match went to penalty kicks, where Pachuca keeper Abraham Romero made three saves on four shots, giving the Tuzos the 3-1 win.
Energy FC next resumes USL play and travels to San Antonio, where the club will face San Antonio FC in an 8 p.m. CDT start at Toyota Field. The match will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN U.
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