Energy FC Stuns Reno 1868 FC in 3-3 Draw
By Ryan Chapman, Sports Editor
Energy FC scored two goals in second half stoppage time against Reno 1868 FC to erase a 3-0 deficit and earn a 3-3 draw Saturday night.
After falling behind 3-0 early in the second half, the introduction of Energy forward Alexy Bosetti in the 58th minute changed the complexion of the game. Oklahoma City’s attack was toothless until the addition of Bosetti, who had a hand in all three Energy goals.
Oklahoma City fell behind in the 29th minute as Reno forward Brian Brown was left alone outside the Energy penalty area. Brown uncorked a great shot, beating keeper Cody Laurendi at his back post.
Seth Casiple doubled Reno’s lead in the 51st minute. Casiple picked up the ball at midfield and made a surging run to the edge of the Energy’s penalty area, where he curled his shot past Laurendi.
Reno added their third goal of the night in the 56th minute when Corey Hertzog played teammate Sam Gleadle in behind the Energy defense, who tallied his first goal for Reno 1868.
Shortly after the third goal, Bosetti replaced teammate Marcos Bustos and immediately began pulling the strings for the Energy attack.
Oklahoma City’s efforts were rewarded as Bosetti scored his first goal for the Energy in the 72nd minute. Forward Cordell Cato carried the ball into the Reno box before setting Bosetti up for a classy curled finish from the top of the box to put OKC on the board.
Laurendi would then come up big for the Energy with a pair of saves in the 79th and 81st minutes, denying Reno playmaker Hertzog twice in one on one chances, keeping OKC’s hopes alive.
Bosetti almost added a second goal in the 83rd minute on a front post header, which if not for taking a fortunate deflection off a Reno defender, would have ended up in the back of the net for Oklahoma City.
Energy forward Omar Gordon then got behind the Reno defense before centering the ball to Christian Eissele, who brought Oklahoma City within a goal in the 92nd minute.
On what would become the last play of the game, Bosetti crossed the ball to Eissele at the back post, who then squared a pass for Gordon to find the back of the net and tie the game at three goals apiece.
Energy FC return home this Saturday, April 6th to face Portland Timbers 2 at Taft Stadium.