The Greens started on the front foot, earning three corners in the opening five minutes but were unable to capitalize from any of the set pieces.
Things changed in the 22nd minute, as Energy FC found the back of the net from a corner for the first time this season. Alexy Bosetti whipped in an inswinging cross that was met by the forehead of new signing Mike da Fonte and re-directed past Portland goalkeeper Jake Leeker.
Just three minutes later, Cordell Cato doubled the lead for OKC. Rafael Garcia found Christian Ibeagha with a 50-yard diagonal long ball and the full back collected and crossed for Cato to turn home.
The Greens continued to dominate the remainder of the half, keeping possession and stringing together pass after pass, while Portland hardly threatened.
The script flipped in the second half. Timbers 2 had a golden opportunity to get back into the match in the 50th minute, when Atiba Harris fouled Marco Farfan in the OKC penalty area. Up stepped Renzo Zambrano, but his shot missed the net completely.
Portland cut the lead to one in the 68th minute when Eryk Williams split the defense with a pass to Brayan Hurtado, who was able to finish past Laurendi with a left footed strike to the far post.
In the 79th minute, Zambrano found Zach Kobayashi, who turned and fired a shot from outside the area that beat Laurendi to tie the match.
T2 found the winner in second-half stoppage time through Ryan Sierakowski. The forward got on the end of a long ball over the top of the defense and created enough space to get off a shot that sneaked just inside the far post.
The Greens head back on the road to take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros next Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. CDT at H-E-B Park.
OKC: 1-0, da Fonte (Bosetti assist 22')
OKC: 2-0, Cato (Ibeagha assist 25’)
POR: 2-1, Hurtado (Williams assist 68’)
POR: 2-2, Kobayashi (Zambrano assist 79’)
POR: 2-3, Sierakowski (Smith assist 91’)
POR: Yellow Card (Diz Pe 5’)
OKC: Yellow Card (Williams 55’)
OKC: Yellow Card (Ross 87’)
OKC Starting XI: GK: Cody Laurendi; D: Christian Ibeagha, Atiba Harris (c), Mike da Fonte, Mekeil Williams; M: Callum Ross, Rafael Garcia, Alexy Bosetti (Marco Bustos 65’), F: Cordell Cato, Omar Gordon, Christian Eissele
Substitutions Not Used: Bryan Byars, Amer Sasivarevic, Kyle Hyland, Kal Okot, Josh Garcia
POR Starting XI: GK: Jake Leeker; D: Adrian Diz Pe, Marco Farfan, Modou Jadama, Harold Hanson (Nathan Smith 77’); M: Todd Wharton (Zachary Kobayashi 45’), Renzo Zambrano, Eryk Williamson, Brayan Hurtado; F: Ryan Sierakowski, Giovanni Calixtro (Max Ornstil 94’)
Substitutions Not Used: Hunter Sulte, Jose Carlos Anguiano, Cristian Ojeda, Masango Akale
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