Energy looking to bounce back against Tulsa
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.”