En­ergy look­ing to bounce back against Tulsa

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - ED GODFREY’S OUTDOORS - BY ED GOD­FREY Staff Writer egod­frey@ok­la­homan.com

What hap­pened to the En­ergy last Sun­day in their 0-0 tie against Van­cou­ver was the equiv­a­lent of a base­ball team hav­ing run­ners reach third base all night, but never scor­ing a run.

Ok­la­homa City set a club record for shots on goal (25) and cor­ner kicks (15) in the game but missed an op­por­tu­nity to gain ground in the chase for the United Soc­cer League play­offs. The En­ergy are still on the out­side look­ing in with six games re­main­ing.

“Since I have started coach­ing I have never been in­volved in a game where we cre­ated so many chances and not scor­ing a goal,” said En­ergy coach Jimmy Nielsen.

Van­cou­ver goalie Sean Melvin made seven saves on the night and was named USL’s goal­keeper on its team of the week.

Neilsen con­ceded there was some goal keep­ing by Melvin that night, but said the En­ergy was un­lucky against Van­cou­ver.

“I think we played a very, very good game,” he said. “You are more dis­ap­pointed af­ter a game like that. You can’t be an­gry be­cause we did so many good things in that game.

“Ac­tu­ally, it was a very, very good per­for­mance. Some­times it’s just not your night. It was dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­ward be­cause we worked too hard not to suc­ceed in that game.”

The En­ergy still have four of their last six games at home, be­gin­ning with Sun­day night’s match at Taft Sta­dium with the Tulsa Rough­necks.

Each match be­comes more crit­i­cal as the En­ergy are fight­ing for one of the eight play­off spots in the USL. Cur­rently, they are sit­ting just be­hind the eighth seed.

“There is no time to feel sorry for your­selves,” Nielsen said.

The En­ergy have lost their pre­vi­ous two matches to Tulsa this sea­son, both by 2-1 scores. The Rough­necks are much im­proved this year, Nielsen said.

“Tulsa de­serves a lot of credit,” he said. “I am re­ally im­pressed with what they have done. Ob­vi­ously, it’s a big, big game for us.”

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