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Craven Scores Again as OKC Earns 2-2 Draw

By George Darkow, 06/24/17, 7:30PM CDT


Andy Craven nets fourth goal in last three games

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Andy Craven scored his fourth goal in his last three games and Juan Pablo Guzman tallied his first score as a member of Energy FC as OKC earned a 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

Craven’s goal, which came off a penalty kick in the 60th minute, was his fourth as a member of Energy FC, all coming in the span of OKC’s current four-game road stretch. After OKC’s Michael Harris was hauled down by Thomas Gardner in the Vancouver box, Craven stepped to the spot and booted the go-ahead goal past Whitecaps 2 keeper Spencer Richey. All four of Craven’s goals have come by way of penalty kick.

Energy FC’s lead was short-lived, however, as Vancouver’s Thomas Sanner headed a David Norman corner kick past OKC keeper Cody Laurendi in the 73rd minute to even the score and force the eventual draw.

OKC opened scoring in the 34th minute when Craven worked around the Vancouver defense deep in the box and sent a cross to through the Vancouver six, and Juan Pablo Guzman sent a sliding shot into the upper-right corner of the net for a 1-0 OKC lead.

Vancouver countered in the 56th minute when Norman sent a corner into the OKC box that Nazeem Bartman headed past Laurendi from point-blank range.

Whitecaps 2’s Dominick Zator received two yellow cards in the match and was sent off in the 77th minute, giving OKC a man advantage for the final 13 minutes of play.

The draw brought Energy FC’s record to 5-6-3, while Vancouver moved to 4-7-3.

Energy FC next travels to Salt Lake City, where the club will play in its fourth straight road game, an 8 p.m. CDT start on Wednesday, July 5, against the Real Monarchs at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The next home match for OKC is Saturday, July 8, when in-state rival Tulsa Roughnecks FC visits Taft Stadium.