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The Greens drop fifth straight; fall 1-0 to Saint Louis

By Josh Evans, 04/21/18, 10:15PM CDT

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Energy FC dropped their fifth straight match with a 1-0 loss to Saint Louis FC at Taft Stadium.

In conditions that would be described as damp and cold…more like what people would think about stereotypical conditions in the Pacific Northwest…Energy FC had the early chances with a few opportunities inside the 18-yard box.

In the 20’, Saint Louis FC goalkeeper Jake Fenlason cleared the ball toward midfield where it was flicked forward near the area of Christian Volesky.  The Saint Louis forward was able to collect the ball and break in down the right side of the field as Energy FC defenders Callum Ross and Christian Ibeagha worked to steer Volesky away from a prime scoring area.

Volesky sent a right-footed shot past the outstretched leg of Energy FC goalkeeper Matt VanOekel and just before the sliding Ibeagha could get the ball out of harm’s way.

In the 36’, Energy FC captain Juan Pablo Guzman was subbed off after sliding awkwardly on the slick turf.  Defender Coady Andrews took his spot in his debut this season.

The remainder of the first half was controlled by Energy FC who were credited with 60% possession time during the opening half.

Energy FC worked to control the pace of play in the second half.  In the 65’, Energy FC striker Jose Angulo made his season debut.  During the 2017 season, Angulo scored 11 goals for Energy FC after a midseason trade from Saint Louis FC.

The Greens were able to continue to maintain the possession advantage through the second half of the match and finished with their highest possession percentage at 62.4%, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Despite not playing Saint Louis since September 2016, the match had an air of feistiness to it with a combined 40 fouls (21 for OKC and 19 for Saint Louis), four yellow cards for OKC and a red card to Energy FC midfielder Justin Chavez for a second yellow in the 85’.

The shutout marks the second straight match Energy FC has been blanked.  The shutout also extends their scoreless streak to 249 consecutive minutes.  The team’s last goal was a Jaime Siaj tally in the 21’ against Fresno FC on March 31.

The Greens return to training this week in preparation for their match April 28 on the road against Reno 1868 FC at 8:45 p.m. (ct).  Their next home match is Saturday, May 5 against the Swope Park Rangers.