Dixon’s goal leads to another draw
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.
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.