The first good chance of the match fell to the Greens in the 20th minute. Cordell Cato beat his defender with a backheel nutmeg near the end line, cut a pass back to Brad Dunwell in the penalty area, but his shot fizzed across goal and out of play, just out of reach of a lunging Tucker Stephenson.
CJ Cochran was called upon in the 31st and 38th minutes with efforts from close range being well saved by the OKC goalkeeper.
The hosts took the lead in the 45th minute. Jordan Perruzza created a yard of space after cutting inside from the right wing and unleashed an unstoppable, left-footed drive from near the corner of the box that caromed off the crossbar and in the goal.
The Greens nearly equalized a minute into the second half when Rafael Garcia’s free kick was met by the head of Stephenson. The attempt didn’t quite have enough power to beat Cardone, who was able to get down to make the diving stop.
San Antonio doubled the lead in the 52nd minute after a cross from Jose Gallegos was blocked directly to Perruzza, who put his laces through the ball from 12 yards out to put the game out of reach.
Energy FC remains on nine points and in fourth place in Group D.
The Greens return home next Sunday, September 27 for the last home match of the season at 5 p.m. at Taft Stadium. Tickets are on sale now.
SA: Perruzza (Maloney), 45’
SA: Perruzza, 52’
OKC: Dunwell, Yellow Card, 63’
OKC: Chavez, Yellow Card, 67’
OKC: Stephenson, Yellow Card, 85’
OKC: Taravel, Yellow Card, 88’
SA: Bailone, Yellow Card, 89’
OKC Starting XI: GK: CJ Cochran; D: Zach Ellis-Hayden, Christian Ibeagha, Nico Taravel (Mike da Fonte, 90+2’), Joe Amico (Ramon Martin Del Campo, 59’), M: Rafael Garcia, Brad Dunwell (Kodai Iida, 79’), Arun Basuljevic F: Tucker Stephenson, Jaime Chavez (Jon Brown, 80’), Cordell Cato (Omar Gordon, 59’)
Subs Not Used: Cody Laurendi
SA Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Joshua Yaro, Callum Montgomery; M: Connor Maloney, Hunter Gorskie, Jose Gallegos (Leo Torres, 90+2’), Blake Smith (Joshua Ramsey, 90+1’); F: Jordan Perruzza (Cristian Parano, 60’), Ignacio Bailone, Gonzalo Di Renzo (Luis Solignac, 60’)
Subs Not Used: Jose Carlos Mercado, Mitchell Taintor, Hayden Partain
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