Oklahoma City Energy FC use two early goals to defeat Sacramento Republic FC 3-1 at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Energy FC started the match on the front foot, scoring just 45 seconds into the match. After a long ball down the right side found Jon Brown, the midfielder slid a cross into the box that Miguel Gonzalez ran over leaving Jose Angulo wide open in the middle of the box. The forward simply turned his right foot and redirected the cross past Dominik Jakubek putting Energy FC in the lead 1-0 early. It was the second consecutive match that an opponent scored in the first minute against Republic FC.
Energy FC would double their lead just eight minutes later. This time it was Angulo returning the favor and finding Brown for the goal. After a long throw in from Kyle Hyland, Angulo attacked down the middle of the pitch. The forward got to about 25 yards from goal before sliding the ball to his right where Brown was positioned. Brown took a touch before firing a right-footed shot on the ground that beat Jakubek and snuck inside the far post for a 2-0 lead for Energy FC before the 10-minute mark of the match.
Republic FC settled down and looked more dangerous as the half rolled on. In the 42nd minute they had their best look of the half with James Kiffe attacking down the left side. The defender cut inside before sending a cross near the back post. Energy FC defender Sam Fink headed the ball away, but only as far as Emrah Klimenta who was positioned perfectly to take possession. Klimenta brought the ball down with a quick touch of his right foot before sending a strong strike on goal, but Cochran made a quick dive to his right and was able to deflect the ball away from danger, keeping the score 2-0 going into the half.
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations