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OKC Dominates but Draws

By George Darkow, 09/10/17, 7:15PM CDT

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Energy FC holds a heavy advantage in shots, but comes away with a tie.

OKC Energy FC set a new franchise record with 15 corner kicks and held a 25-7 shot advantage, but could not tally a goal, drawing with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, 0-0, Sunday at Taft Stadium.

Energy FC dominated the offensive play of the match, including a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal, but OKC could not push a single score past Vancouver goalkeeper Sean Melvin. Melvin made seven saves in the game, including three point-blank stops on headers by OKC’s Coady Andrews off corner kicks. In the 18th minute, OKC’s Miguel Gonzalez sent a cross to Alex Dixon in the middle of the Vancouver six, but Melvin made a save from his knees to preserve the scoreless match.

Vancouver employed a little luck in the game as well. In the ninth minute, Gonzalez took a free kick from nearly 20 yards out that curved toward the upper-left corner of the net, before caroming off the post.

Midfielder Jose Barril led the attack for OKC, completing 85 percent of his passes and halting the Vancouver offensive game near midfield for most of the match, while Anthony Wallace created nine chances and taking all 15 OKC corner kicks.

Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi recorded his seventh clean sheet of the season, turning away both shots he faced.

The draw moved Energy FC’s record to 9-10-7, giving the club a ninth place standing in the USL Western Conference. Vancouver moved to 5-14-8, 14th in the conference.

OKC’s next match is a 5 p.m. start on Sunday, Sept. 17, when the club welcomes in-state rival Tulsa Roughnecks FC to Taft Stadium.