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Energy's Season Ends with 3-2 Loss in Vancouver

By George Darkow, 10/08/16, 5:00PM CDT


Haber goal in 89th minute sinks OKC

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Daniel Haber scored in the 89th minute to lift Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to a 3-2 win over OKC Energy FC in the semifinal round of the 2016 USL Playoffs Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium.

After OKC scored two second half goals to tie the score at two, Haber solidified the win for Vancouver when he picked up a loose ball at the top of the Energy FC box and rolled a shot past OKC keeper Cody Laurendi in the 89th minute.

With the win, Vancouver advances to the Western Conference Finals, where it will face the winner of Sunday's match between the Swope Park Rangers and Orange County Blues FC. 

Facing a two-goal deficit midway through the second half, Energy FC got on the board when Danni König powered a shot from deep in the Vancouver six past Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Spencer Richey. Moments before König's 61st minute goal, Energy FC found the back of the Vancouver net, but the play was ruled offside.

Timo Pitter knotted the game at two for OKC in the 80th minute when he fired a shot from just outside the Vancouver box that curved into the top-left corner of the Whitecaps net. 

In the closing moments, Colin Bonner and König had chances for OKC, but were unable to put shots past Richey. Richey finished the match with 3 saves.

Vancouver got goals from Kianz Froese in the 33rd minute and former Energy FC forward Kyle Greig in the 76th minute to give Whitecaps FC 2 a 2-0 lead.