By Sam Agnitsch
In what turned out to be a beautiful day for soccer, the FC Energy expanded their streak of unbeaten games to 10 (counting the U.S open fixtures). Thanks to solid backline play from mainstays Cyprian Hedrick, Kyle Hyland and Goalie Cody Laurendi, the Tulsa Roughnecks were stifled all afternoon and provided very few dangerous opportunities at goal.
Energy Coach Jimmy Nielson began the game in the traditional Energy 4-4-2 setup which had its share of opening fireworks. Tulsa keeper Feener was forced to make a save inside the box off a long throw in from Kyle Hyland in the 3rd minute.
In perhaps what was the best chance of the evening for Tulsa, a minute later Laurendi was tested and made a fantastic right-handed save to keep the ball out of the top left corner of the net. After that it was pretty much all Energy.
The Energy controlled tempo and after a nice string of passes outside the box in the 19th minute , Hyland found a cutting Wojciech Wojcik inside the box who had a clinical finish to the bottom left corner for the opening goal.
Less than 10 minutes later in the 28th minute, Hyland garnered his 2nd assist of the half on a cross ( just missing a diving Danni Konig) and falling to Daniel Gonzalez outside the six-yard box who finished with class in the bottom left corner despite the difficult angle.
Tulsa responded in the second half by switching to a 4-3-3 attack formation and pressed hard for the remaining 45. Tulsa did a better job with possession however, unable to manifest any dangerous chances at the goal. Except for a rocket shot from Tulsa’s Henri straight to Laurendi, Tulsa was unable to threaten the remainder of the half.
Roughnecks keeper Feener made things a little interesting as he fumbled a routine save in front of goal late but the Energy were not able to capitalize. The game ended with an impressive display of possession control by the Energy allowing another clean sheet for keeper Laurendi who has only allowed 5 goals all season. It was yet another positive disciplined performance from the Energy as they look to continue streaking June 11 away at the RGV Toros.