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Craven Nets a Pair in 3-1 OKC Win

By George Darkow, 06/17/17, 12:30AM CDT


Andy Craven scores two PK goals

PORTLAND, Ore. — Andy Craven scored two goals on penalty kicks to lead OKC Energy FC to a 3-1 win over Portland Timbers FC 2 Friday night at Providence Park.

With OKC and Portland tied 1-1 in the second half, Craven netted his first two goals as a member of Energy FC on penalty kicks, four minutes apart. In the 74th minute, Craven was taken down in the Portland box by Timbers 2’s Lamar Batista, leading to the OKC forward’s first score of the night. On the ensuing kick, Craven booted a shot past Portland keeper Kendall McIntosh to give Energy FC a 2-1 lead.

Four minutes later, after a hand-ball was called on Portland’s Michael Amick, following a wide-open shot by OKC’s Miguel Gonzalez, Craven took the penalty kick and, once again, placed a shot past McIntosh, this time to increase OKC’s lead to 3-1.

OKC had three penalty kicks in the match, with the first coming in the 57th minute. After a Gonzalez drew a foul in the Portland box by Timbers 2’s Harold Hanson, Anthony Wallace took the ensuing kick for OKC, but was denied by McIntosh.

Portland’s lone goal was also scored on the penalty kick, opening the match’s scoring. In the 40th minute, off a set piece, OKC’s Coady Andrews was whistled for a hold on Portland’s Batista. Moments later, Villyan Bijev converted the score, rolling a kick past OKC keeper C.J. Cochran.

Energy FC tied the match just two minutes later when McIntosh exited the Portland box to defend a shot by Craven, and Philip Rasmussen put the rebound into the vacated Timbers 2 net. The goal was Rasmussen’s second in as many games dating back to Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Colorado Rapids.

Cochran earned his first USL win of the season for OKC with four saves, including two game-saving stops in the first half. 

With the win, Energy FC improved to 5-5-2 and moved into a three-way tie for fifth place in the USL’s Western Conference. The loss dropped Portland to a USL-worst 1-12-1.

Energy FC next travels to Tukwila, Wash., where the club will face Seattle Sounders FC 2 in a 9:30 p.m. CDT start on Monday, June 19, at Starfire Sports Complex.

OKC’s next home match is Saturday, July 8, when Energy FC welcomes in-state rival Tulsa Roughnecks FC to Taft Stadium.