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S2 Come From Behind to Defeat the OKC Energy

After falling behind in the second half, Sounders FC 2 scored 3 goals in 25 minutes and won 3-1.

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After falling behind in the 48th minute, Sounders FC 2 produced three goals in the second half, propelling them to a 3-1 victory over OKC Energy. With the win, S2 extended their perfect run at Starfire Stadium to five games. The win also puts S2 back into first place of the Western Conference, one point clear of the Orange County Blues.

The starting lineup looked traditional in many ways, yet unconventional in others. Sounders Academy player Choong Sil Lim earned his first start for S2 at left back, filling in for an injured Andres Correa, while Duncan McCormick started at center mid for Amadou Sanyang, who was also injured. Nick Miele paired up with Damion Lowe at center back, pushing Aaron Long up to defensive midfield.

The first half ended with three yellow cards and a 0-0 scoreline, despite a number of chances for both sides.

Aaron Kovar put a number of dangerous balls into the box in the first half, including a free kick in 31’ that found Victor Mansaray’s head, but went straight to OKC Energy keeper Ray Clark. The Energy’s first big opportunity came immediately after, when forward Casey Townsend fired off a hard shot that was heading for the back of the net before Charlie Lyon got a glove on it and pushed it off the crossbar. Oniel Fisher was there to clear it off the line.

S2 seemed to have the possession advantage in the first half, but came out a bit flat in the second, and the backline was scrambling to find their shape in the first 10 minutes. This resulted in a goal for OKC in the 49th minute after Damion Lowe was forced wide to shut down Peabo Doue, leaving Sebastian Dalgaard open in the box. Dalgaard received a low cross from Doue, and put the ball far-post past Lyon.

The Energy goal appeared to be a wakeup call for S2. In the 56th minute, Andy Craven scored his third goal of the season off a great cross from Sam Garza. Garza, who had been cutting inside most of the match, took the ball to the goal line before sending a cross into the box. Craven got his head on it and slotted the ball far post.

S2 had another good look in the 59’, when Craven stole a pass right at the 18 and got around the keeper, but couldn’t get quite enough power on his shot, and OKC Defender Coady Andrews was able to get a foot on it before the ball got to the goal line. A few minutes later, Fisher, who was constantly involved in the attack throughout the match, had a shot from distance that Clark pushed over the net for a corner.

The final two goals came back-to-back in the 79th and 80th minutes. Oalex Anderson, who subbed in for Garza just 10 minutes earlier, took his defender on one-on-one, and channeled Eddie Johnson with some great stepovers before cutting to the goal line and blasting a high, near-post shot through the keeper’s hands. Anderson celebrated with this interesting dance.

Just one minute later, Craven earned a brace due to some poor OKC defense. Craven collected the ball near half, and was able to dribble near the top of the box and send in a low ball to the left post. Clark, who was caught about six feet off his line, couldn't do much to stop it.

Things got heated in the final 10 minutes, with a number of late challenges by OKC, including one that earned Danni Konig a yellow card. Kovar also went down late in the match, and was limping after the game, after getting some studs straight into his plant leg on a tackle.

The match, played in front of 2,118 fans, ended at 3-1. The win puts S2 at the top of the USL Western Conference with 16 points. S2 face the Kitsap Pumas on Wednesday, May 20, in U.S. Open Cup play, and then head south to take on Timbers 2 on Friday, May 22.


Bonus GIF: Victor Mansaray impressed with his ability to break away from three defenders in the 43rd minute.

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