KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City II ended its nine-game winless streak as it controlled much of the game in a 3-0 victory against OKC Energy FC on Saturday evening at Children’s Mercy Park that saw Isaiah LeFlore notch a pair of assists and Enoch Mushagalusa add to his team-lead with a seventh goal of the season.
Sporting opened more positively of the two sides and almost took the lead in the 17th minute when Mushagalusa skipped past a defender on the left flank and then another as he moved into the penalty area before having a narrow-angle shot parried away by OKC goalkeeper CJ Cochran. The hosts got their reward three minutes later with the lead after a crossfield move from the right released left back LeFlore into space, and after he created space in the left side of the penalty area his low cross picked out Ozzie Cisneros for a first-time finish from nine yards out.
Mushagalusa got free in the left side of the penalty area again three minutes later as he opened up space for a left-footed shot to the near post that Cochran kicked behind for a corner, and the Congolese winger had another pair of chances around the half-hour mark as he first played a good give-and-go with Jake Davis for a shot that Cochran parried away before sending a header just wide of the left post after LeFlore was played into space by Christian Duke for a chipped cross.
OKC didn’t get much going in attack until first half stoppage time when an angled cross from the right was headed down by Villyan Bijev into the path of Jaime Chavez, whose shot was expertly blocked by a sliding Graham Smith as the hosts retained their lead into the break.
Sporting re-established its upper hand as the second half began, though, and Mushagalusa almost set up Cisneros for a second goal in the 49th minute only for his shot to spin wide of the right post. Davis then had a long-range shot on a free kick that Cochran tipped over the crossbar eight minutes later, but with 18 minutes to go the hosts doubled their lead as second-half substitute Rojay Smith got into space on the left after a pass forward by LeFlore and drove at the defense before curling a low shot into the right corner of the net.
Six minutes later Mushagalusa added his name to the scoresheet as he waited in space on the right and was found by Davis before he cut back onto his left foot past a defender and drove a low finish into the far corner of the net. But while OKC had a chance in stoppage time to pull back a consolation goal, only for Conor Donovan’s diving header off a cross from the right to flash wide of the post, there was no path back for the visitors as SKC II earned its first win since July 10.
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Isaiah LeFlore, Sporting Kansas City II – LeFlore had a pair of assists and completed five key passes and 44 of 49 passes overall as he consistently joined the attack down the left side, while also making 11 recoveries defensively and winning 7 of 9 duels.
SKC – Ozzie Cisneros (Isaiah LeFlore) 20’
SKC – Rojay Smith (Isaiah LeFlore) 72’
SKC – Enoch Mushagalusa (Jake Davis) 78’