Photo by Steven Christy/OKC Energy FC
OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC earned the season sweep of Tulsa Roughnecks FC in the Black Gold Derby, defeating its in-state rival 1-0 at Taft Stadium on Saturday. After Energy FC came close on multiple occasions in the opening 45 minutes, Wojciech Wojcik scored the game-winner in the third minute of first-half stoppage time. Andy Craven, Danni Konig and Michael Thomas also shined up front for Energy FC, as the club improved its overall record to 10-4-10. With the loss the Roughnecks fall to 5-17-3, and they become the first team to be mathematically eliminated from 2016 USL Playoffs contention.
45+’ – OKC – Wojciech Wojcik
Three Things That Mattered:
1. Energy FC dominated the Black Gold Derby in 2016, winning all four contests by a combined score of 8-0. Saturday’s meeting was no different than the other three on the season, as Energy FC created multiple goal-scoring opportunities during the 90 minutes of action. Thomas, Wojcik, Kalen Ryden and Coady Andrews all put good shots on frame or off a post in the first half of action. Timo Pitter had a great opportunity to increase the lead in the 81st minute, but his shot fizzed wide of the right post.
2. While the Roughnecks are the first team to be mathematically eliminated from USL Playoffs contention, Jake Feener had an incredible first half in goal for the club. The netminder, earning his ninth start of the season, made key save after key save. Feener’s best stop came in the 16th minute, diving to his right to stop a low blast by Energy FC’s Thomas. In the 40th minute, Feener made another spectacular save, pushing Energy FC defender Kalen Ryden’s header off the left post.
3. Wojcik separated himself from the Energy FC scoring pack on Saturday, scoring his fourth goal of the regular season – now a team-high. The forward was active in the first 45 minutes, helping create a chance in the 40th minute before scoring the winner moments later. His persistence and goal capped off a dominant showing during the first half for Energy FC.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Wojciech Wojcik, OKC Energy FC: The forward scored the game-winner for Energy FC, handing the club its 10th win of the regular season. He combined well with his teammates down the field during the first half, and he came close to recording an assist after heading on a throw-in during the 30th minute of play.
OKC Energy FC at Saint Louis FC – Aug. 31, 7 p.m. ET, World Wide Technology Soccer Park
Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Real Monarchs SLC – Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. ET, Titan Soccer Complex