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Unbeaten streak halted at 8 as Energy FC falls to Toros 3-0

By George Darkow, 06/11/16, 10:00PM CDT


McALLEN, Texas — Three different players scored for Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, who shut out OKC Energy FC, 3-0, ending OKC's unbeaten streak at eight USL games, Saturday night at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley soccer complex.

In the 14th minute, RGV's Jose Escalante sent a shot from about 25 yards out that deflected off OKC's Cyprian Hedrick and glided over keeper Cody Laurendi for what would be the game's deciding score.

The Toros increased their lead to 2-0 in the 41st when Kyle Murphy fought for a loose ball in the OKC box, picked it up behind a pair of defenders and rolled a shot past Laurendi.

In second half stoppage time, RGV's Eric Byrd netted the third goal for the Toros.

OKC had several chances in the second half but were unable to put a single shot past RGV keeper Callum Irving, who made six saves to hand Energy FC its first shutout loss of the 2016 season.

Energy FC next faces its MLS affiliate, FC Dallas, in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday, June 15, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

In USL play, OKC will next travel to Kansas City, Mo., where it will face the Swope Park Rangers in a 7:30 p.m. start Saturday, June 18, at Children's Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village.