By Calvin Alexander
With three wins in the past week, the OKC Energy expanded their winning streak to seven straight after beating the Real Monarchs tonight 3-1. The Monarchs scored their first and only goal of the night in the 23rd minute. Devon Sandoval scored over the OKC Energy keeper after an amazing pass from Ricado Velazco.
The Energy came right back with a goal in the 27th minute by Danni Konig. This was Konig’s second goal of the season. The Energy were making the most of their opportunities early in the match.
Just over seven minutes after the goal by Konig, Coady Andrews headed a corner kick in for his first goal of the season. This was a huge momentum booster for the Energy. Now with a 2-1 lead in the 37th minute, the Energy would need to hold on to the lead for more than half of the match to secure the victory.
In the second half of play the wind became a factor. The wind was blowing towards the Energy’s keeper, Cody Laurendi, thus giving the Monarchs more chances. Even with the wind blowing their way in the 2nd half they ended having just two shots on goal in the entire game.
After one hour delay in the match, which was in the 88th minute due to severe weather, Kyle Hyland scored the first goal of his OKC career in stoppage time. Hyland’s goal put the exclamation point on this victory for the OKC Energy.
The Energy play their next match in Yukon, Oklahoma against the NASL (North American Soccer League) Rayo OKC team, on June 1 as part of the U.S. Open Cup.
The next home game for the Energy is June 25 versus the USL (United Soccer League) Western Conference leaders, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.