Goals from Jose Barril, Philip Rasmussen and Alex Dixon secured a come-from-behind victory for OKC Energy FC over LA Galaxy II Wednesday night in Carson, Calif.
Frank Lopez put the hosts ahead early, after he was fouled by Justin Chavez just inside the penalty area. The striker took and converted the penalty off the post and in for the game’s first goal.
The Greens slowly started to get into the match and could have leveled the score in the 29th minute, when Adam Jahn found Barril streaking into the box. Barril’s first-time, side-footed attempt was struck with power but saved by Eric Lopez to keep LA ahead.
In the 41st minute, a turnover in midfield led to Jahn playing a perfectly-weighted through ball to Barril in behind the LA defense. Barril carried the ball into the box before calmly scoring past Lopez with a superb outside-the-foot finish.
Just four minutes later, Jahn had a golden opportunity of his own to put OKC ahead, but his point-blank shot was saved by Lopez to keep the score tied heading into halftime.
Energy FC picked up where they left off and continued to apply the pressure in the second half. Chances from Rasmussen and second-half substitute Christian Volesky were saved by Lopez, but the LA goalkeeper couldn’t stop Rasmussen in the 72nd minute. A well-worked, one-touch sequence through the midfield found its way to Kyle Hyland on the left wing. Hyland then delivered a perfect cross to the middle of the box, and Rasmussen was able to open up his body and volley into the back of the net to cap off a brilliant attacking move.
The Greens kept the foot on the gas and were rewarded again just nine minutes later. Callum Ross split apart the LA defense to find Alex Dixon all alone and bearing down on goal. Dixon made the rest look easy by placing his shot in at the far post with power and precision to seal the three points for OKC.
Energy FC return to action in the final home match of the regular season on September 23, as Sacramento Republic FC come to Taft Stadium in a crucial Western Conference matchup. Kickoff for that one is 6:00 p.m. CST.