KANSAS CITY — Michael Thomas scored his second goal in as many games, and Wojciech Wojcik and Daniel Gonzalez each tallied scores as OKC Energy FC rolled past the Swope Park Rangers 3-1 Saturday night at Children's Mercy Victory Field.
Trailing 1-0 in first half stoppage time, OKC's Sebastian Dalgaard lifted a cross from the lower-right corner of the Swope Park box to Thomas -- a native of nearby Olathe, Kan. -- who headed a shot past Rangers keeper Zac Lubin to knot the match at one going into halftime. The goal gave Thomas two goals in OKC's last two games, with a header against FC Dallas in U.S. Open Cup play last Wednesday.
Swope Park took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when Ayrton took a feed from Nansel Selbol near the upper-left corner of the OKC six and fired a shot on net that deflected off Energy FC's Kyle Hyland and past OKC keeper Cody Laurendi.
Shortly after Ayrton's goal, Laurendi made two game-saving stops on Swope Park attempts, one by Selbol in the 20th minute and another by Tomas Granitto in the 27th minute, to keep the OKC deficit at a single goal. Laurendi finished the match with three saves.
In the 64th minute, OKC broke the 1-1 tie when Michael Harris sent a low cross from the right corner that Wojcik beat Rangers defenders to and chipped past Lubin for his second goal in OKC's last three USL games.
Daniel Gonzalez added an insurance score in the 74th minute, when he took a pass from Wojcik at the top of the Swope Park box and fired a shot on goal that Lubin knocked away, but corralled the rebound and rolled a second attempt past the outstretched Rangers goal keeper.
Gonzalez and Wojcik have both netted goals in two of OKC's last three USL games.
Energy FC next returns home to Taft Stadium, where the club will face USL Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in a 7:00 start Saturday, June 25. The club will also host Chivas Guadalajara in an historic international friendly at Taft Stadium on Tuesday, June 28.
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