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OKC Draws on Late Seattle Score

By George Darkow, 09/11/16, 8:30PM CDT


Alfaro's last-gasp score spoils two-goal Energy effort

Tony Alfaro scored in the final seconds of second half stoppage time to earn Seattle Sounders FC 2 a 2-2 draw with OKC Energy FC Sunday night at Taft Stadium.

With OKC leading 2-1 in the final minute of a three minute stoppage time period, Alfaro sent a shot from nearly 12 yards out that skipped past diving Energy FC goal keeper Cody Laurendi. 

The draw was the second in two games between the clubs in 2016. In their initial meeting on May 1 in Seattle, OKC's Jordan Rideout scored in the final seconds of second half stoppage time to earn Energy FC a 1-1 draw. 

After three early OKC chances were turned away by Seattle keeper Charlie Lyon, Kyle Hyland gave Energy FC a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of play, when he fired a shot through traffic from nearly 14 yards out that rolled past a screened Lyon. 

Victor Mansaray knotted the score at a goal apiece in the 54th minute. After a free kick from about 25 yards out by Irving Parra bounded into the OKC box, Mansaray extended his left leg and deflected the ball past OKC keeper Cody Laurendi. 

OKC grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 59th minute when Michael Thomas sent a long pass upfield that split Seattle defenders and found Linus Olsson, who streaked ahead and sent a line-drive shot past Lyon.

Energy FC had a chance to extend its lead late in the second half when a series of passes led to a shot on goal for Danni König, but Alfaro made a stellar play at the goal line to clear König's shot, which had already passed Lyon. 

With its 12th draw of the season, Energy FC gained a single point in the USL Western Conference standings and moved into a fourth place tie with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. 

Energy FC's next match is a 6 p.m. CDT start Sunday, September 18, when the club faces the Swope Park Rangers at Taft Stadium.