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Swope scores late, OKC drops seventh straight

By Josh Evans, 05/05/18, 10:00PM CDT


OKC Energy FC outplayed the Swope Park Rangers, outshooting them 17-5 in the match, but a penalty goal by forward Hadji Barry in the 86th minute gave the Rangers a 1-0 win over OKC Saturday night at Taft Stadium.

An Oklahoma City squad that was after its first goal since March 31 played a spirited first half, in which they fired 11 shots. A catalyst for the Greens was Jose Angulo, making his first start of the season.  He contributed nine shots toward the Swope Park net and led several rushes up the pitch that created additional chances for OKC. Energy FC outshot Swope Park 11-2 in the first half.

The nine shots for Angulo set a new franchise record for Energy FC. The previous mark was eight held by Danni König and Wojciech Wojcik.

The second half was played in a more tightly than the first, with Energy FC having the better of the chances, including four corner kicks.

The match turned in the 86th minute when Energy FC defender Richard Dixon was whistled for a handball in the box that resulted in a penalty kick for Swope Park, which Barry subsequently converted.

Despite Energy FC having more chances, they were unable to score, extending their goal-scoring drought to 429 minutes.  The longest scoreless sequence in franchise history is 445 minutes, set during a six-game stretch at the end of the 2014 season. The loss also sets a franchise record for consecutive losses at seven.

The Greens waste no time returning to action, as they welcome Phoenix Rising FC at Taft Stadium Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.