Dixon’s goal leads to an­other draw

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Ed God­frey egod­frey@ok­la­homan.com

For the sec­ond straight match, En­ergy FC played to a draw.

En­ergy FC and Colorado Springs FC bat­tled to a 1-1 draw Sat­ur­day night at Taft Sta­dium, giv­ing Ok­la­homa City its sec­ond straight tie af­ter three con­sec­u­tive wins. En­ergy FC also played to a 1-1 draw Wed­nes­day night at San An­to­nio FC.

The com­bi­na­tion of Alex Dixon and Jose Bar­ril pro­duced En­ergy FC’s goals in both matches. Against Colorado Springs FC, Dixon scored a goal off of a Bar­ril as­sist just 15:51 into the match to give En­ergy FC a 1-0 lead.

Bar­ril split two de­fend­ers down the left side­line then de­liv­ered the ball with his left foot to Dixon in the box, who booted it into the net with his left foot.

Against San An­to­nio, it was Dixon as­sist­ing Bar­ril on a sim­i­lar highlight goal for En­ergy FC’s only score of that match.

Colorado Springs scored just two min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod to tie Sat­ur­day night’s match on a goal by Shane Malcolm. Both teams couldn’t cash in on scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties the rest of the game.

En­ergy FC lost start­ing goal­keeper Matt Van Oekel to a non-con­tact in­jury about seven min­utes into the sec­ond half when his foot got stuck in the turf as he at­tempted a pass.

Van Oekel was re­placed by Put­nam North High School and Univer­sity of Sci­ences and Arts of Ok­la­homa alum Brian Byars, who made a great save in his first minute of ac­tion this sea­son by leap­ing to de­flect a shot.

Byars was as four-year starter for Put­nam North where he was the Ok­la­homa Player of the Year in 2007. He also owns USAO’s school records for ca­reer wins (46) and shutouts (31).

En­ergy FC also lost start­ing for­ward Chris­tian Volesky, who had to leave the game with 10 min­utes left to play in the sec­ond half with bleed­ing around the ear.

En­ergy FC (5-103) de­feated Colorado Springs (7-10-3) by a score of 1-0 on May 19 to break a nine-match los­ing streak, in­clud­ing eight straight losses in United Soc­cer League play. Since that los­ing streak, En­ergy FC’s record has been 4-2-3.

En­ergy FC will re­turn to ac­tion Wed­nes­day for a 7:30 p.m. at Taft Sta­dium against Las Ve­gas Lights FC.

[PHOTO BY ANYA MAGNUSON, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

En­ergy’s Alex Dixon (11) tries to gain con­trol of the ball dur­ing the En­ergy FC game against Colorado Springs Switch­backs FC at Taft Sta­dium in Ok­la­homa City on Sat­ur­day.

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