TUKWILA, WASH. – (club release) Seattle Sounders FC 2 (5-3-1, 16 points) scored three second-half goals to overcome the visiting Oklahoma City Energy FC (2-2-2, 8 points) by a final score of 3-1. Forward Andy Craven scored twice, including the game-tying first goal in the 55thminute. Oalex Anderson, who came on as a substitute in the second half, scored his first goal of the season, the game-winner, to give S2 the lead in the 79th minute. S2 improves to 16 points, and first place in the USL Western Conference.
In the first half, neither team was able to find the back of the net. Energy FC had the best chance during the first 45 minutes with a shot from forward Danni Konig that goalkeeper Charlie Lyon dove, and tipped up and off the crossbar in the 32nd minute.
Energy FC scored first in the second half after Sebastian Dalgaard received a pass from Danni König, leaving him free in the box. He placed his shot to the far post past the diving Lyon in the 49th minute.
Andy Craven equalized for the Rave Green in the 56th minute, heading home a cross sent in from the right by Sam Garza. The goal marked Craven’s third of the season, and Garza’s first assist.
Second-half substitute Anderson, who came on for Garza in the 71st minute, scored eight minutes after entering the match, performing three stepovers to pass an Oklahoma City defender to get his shot off. Goalkeeper Ray Clark got a hand to the ball, but Anderson’s shot deflected into the roof of the net to give S2 the lead in the 79th minute.
One minute later, Craven found the goal for the second time of the night, fighting off two defenders at the top of the 18-yard-box to get free. His shot went low to the left of goal past Clark, who didn’t attempt a save.
S2 is back in action on May 22 on the road against Portland Timbers 2 at University of Portland’s Merlo Field (7:00 p.m. PT / SoundersFC.com).
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Seattle Sounders FC 2 |3 – 1| Oklahoma City Energy FC
Friday, May 15, 2015
Venue: Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash.
Referee: Younes Marrakchi
Assistants: Jason Hutchinson, RC Hefner
Fourth official: Josh Wilkens
Weather: Clear and 60 degrees
OKC – Dalgaard (König) 49′
SEA – Craven (Garza) 56′
SEA – Anderson 79′
SEA – Craven 80′
SEA – Lim (caution) 5′
OKC – Townsend (caution) 35′
SEA – Mansaray (caution) 36′
OKC – König (caution) 83′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe, Nick Miele, Choong sil Lim, Sam Garza (Oalex Anderson 71′), Aarong Long, Duncan McCormick, Aaron Kovar, Victor Mansaray (Pablo Rossi 62′), Andy Craven (Qudus Lawal 90′)
Substitutes not used: Nate Tongovula, Tosh Samkange, Diego Silvas, Saif Kerawala
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 5
Oklahoma City Energy FC – Ray Clark, Peabo Doue (Michael Harris 67′), Jacob VanCompernolle, Michael Thomas, Coady Andrews, Gareth Evans, Sebastian Dalgaard (Gregory Mulamba 68′), Daniel Gonzalez (Omar Daley 82′), Jesus Sanches, Casey Townsend, Danni König
Substitutes not used: Evan Newton, Reed McKenna, Peter Toth, Kyle Greig
Total shots: 6
Shots on goal: 3