Jose Angulo notched his sixth goal of the season, third with OKC Energy FC, in the 62nd minute of the match to defeat Reno 1868 FC.
Both teams started slowly with no chances in the opening ten minutes until Kyle Hyland played a terrific long ball over the top of the Reno defense. The ball found Angulo who chested it down, but his volley was blasted just over the bar.
Reno’s Seth Casiple came close to opening the scoring in the 25th minute with a volley from the edge of the box, but Cody Laurendi was able to get down and strongly palm it away.
Just a few minutes later, in the 29th minute, Reno’s Fatai Alashe was sent off for slapping the back of Jose Barril’s head. Barril was cautioned for retaliating with a shove to Alashe.
After the second half restart, OKC started to increase the pressure with Miguel Gonzalez and Anthony Wallace both having shots, but they weren’t able to find the back of the net.
Energy FC then made the breakthrough in the 62nd minute. Miguel Gonzalez calmly controlled a headed clearance at the top of the box and slipped the ball to Jose Angulo, who was able to hold off a couple of defenders and get off a left footed shot. The shot deflected off Reno defender Brent Richards and past goalkeeper Matt Bersano.
OKC came close to doubling the lead in the 77th minute when Kyle Hyland brought down a cross from Richard Dixon and smashed it on target. The shot flew past Bersano, but Richards was in position to clear it off the line.
Shortly after, in the 81st minute, a Hyland cross found Angulo in the box, but his looping header clipped the bar and went out of play.
Substitute Andy Craven came on and almost sealed the points as he was able to get on the end of a ball played in behind the backline. His chip beat Bersano, but it floated just past the post.
Reno had a free kick in a dangerous position late in stoppage time, but it didn't trouble Laurendi. Energy FC were able to hang on and pick up all three points and a clean sheet, something that not many teams have done this season against a Reno team that's scored more goals than anyone else in the league.
With the win, OKC move to 7-8-5 on the season while Reno sits at 8-5-6.
The win extends Energy FC's unbeaten streak to four and extends their streak of goals scored in a game to nine straight and 13 of the last 14 in USL play.
Energy FC’s next match is at home at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, when the club welcomes Real Monarchs to Taft Stadium.
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