Match Ratings: Energy Finally Douse Their Scoring Drought

OKLAHOMA CITY- Energy fans have waited 366 days to witness a win at Taft Stadium, and they will have to wait at least three more weeks. There was one consolation in this game as the Oklahoma City Energy scored their first goal since July 22nd. Despite playing a man down for over half an hour, the Energy contained Austin Bold FC to a 1-1 draw. 

Here are the match ratings for tonight’s game:

CJ Cochran (GK): 5

CJ Cochran had a fairly quiet night besides letting a goal zoom by. Even though this was caused by the defense not stepping to the offensive threat, Cochran seemed surprised to see the ball fly into the net. He made up for this though with a great block on the brink of halftime to keep the game level.

Joe Amico (D): 5

Although Joe Amico was effective offensively when going forward to create opportunities, his marking on defense was inconsistent. Fifty minutes in Amico left an Austin Bold forward wide open. This could have resulted in another goal if not for Cochran’s perfectly timed block.

Nicolas Taravel (D): 6

Nicolas Taravel did well in controlling the defensive pulse. He prevented a fast break from Austin Bold FC but that cost Taravel a yellow card in minute 27.

Attiba Harris (D): 6

Attiba Harris held the defensive line effectively. He did not have many chances to shine and also did not make any major mistakes.

Zach Ellis-Hayden (D): 8

Zach Ellis-Hayden thrives on the outside. He knows when to take his space and move the ball forward. He created many offensive opportunities for the Energy tonight. Ellis-Hayden was responsible for the beautiful cross to Jaime Chavez who finally finishes with a header. 

Jon Brown (MF): 6

Jon Brown sufficiently distributed the ball to his teammates. Brown kept busy tracking back on defense as well as aiding the offensive attack. As a great role player and the things he does well does not always show up on the stat sheet.

Jose Hernandez (MF): 7

Jose Hernandez constantly kept pressure high on Austin Bold FC. Hernandez kept the ball moving on offense and won the ball back quickly on defense. 

Rafa Garcia (MF): 4

Despite Rafa Garcia placing multiple direct balls accurately, he received two yellow cards in this match. Though the sending off was incredibly harsh and a questionable decision, he did leave his teammates to play a man down for 40 minutes.

Cordell Cato (MF): 6
Cordell Cato did a fantastic job of making chances happen out wide. He also got a good shot opportunity but it was blocked by the goalie. This was a solid return back to the pitch for Cato.

Arun Basuljevic (F): 7

Even though Arun Basuljevic was not the one who ended the scoring drought, he created multiple chances for the Energy. He remained active in the attacking third all night. By Basuljevic repeatedly badgering the defense, Austin Bold’s defensive line became spread too thin. 

The space created by Basuljevic allowed for other attackers to take advantage. 

Jaime Chavez (F): 8

Right from the start it was clear that Jaime Chavez was hungry to score. Chavez was getting on the end of attacks yet could not seem to finish. 

At times, prime offensive opportunities for goals were wasted due to his poor decision making. Too often, Chavez killed a break to play a ball backwards instead of running at the defense to beat his man. 

But he made up for this by ending the OKC Energy’s scoring drought. Chavez finished a perfectly accurate cross by Ellis-Hayden with a header to give the Energy their first goal in (whatever many days).

Substitutions:

Charlie Ward (MF): 6

Charlie Ward came on to stabilize the midfield once Garcia was sent off. The Energy enjoyed the greater share of attacking threats despite playing a man down, proving Ward’s worth.

Not Rated: Omar Gordon, Kyle Hyland

Match Ratings: Energy keep clean sheet in scoreless draw

OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma City Energy kept their first clean sheet of this season, but ultimately settled for a draw against Rio Grande Valley FC.

The 0-0 draw was their last home game before traveling to face Group D leaders San Antonio FC.

Here are the match ratings for tonight’s game:

CJ Cochran (GK) – 8

Cochran was easily the best player on the pitch tonight. He made multiple saves in significant times and bailed out the defensive line when they made scary mistakes.

Cochran executed an amazing save 74 minutes in when there was a second chance shot off a corner kick. He forcefully pushed the ball over the crossbar to give OKC a chance to breath and regroup.

Joe Amico (D) – 6

Amico was OKC’s best defender tonight. This was Amico’s first start back since his injury and he proved he could produce a solid performance from the start. He did not make any major mistakes, but he was not given many opportunities to stand out on the offensive end.

Nico Taravel (D) – 5

Taravel struggled a little bit in the back. He did not always hit clean passes, but Taravel always cleared the ball away from the goal. Bottom line: that’s what a defender’s supposed to do.

Christian Ibeagha (D) – 4

Ibeagha had a difficult time in the back line the entire match. He continuously misjudged his spacing and timing which almost cost the Energy a couple of goals if not for Cochran’s heroics in goal. 

These bad touches and misjudgments are mistakes that the Energy cannot afford that close to their goal.

Zach Ellis-Hayden (D) – 6

Ellis-Hayden went through the full range of highs and a few lows this match. He had a rocky beginning by receiving a yellow card just 13 minutes into the game. 

Ellis-Hayden quickly made up for it by creating multiple chances in the attacking third. Unfortunately, no one could finish these opportunities.

After getting hit in the face right before halftime, he did not re-enter the game.

Jose Hernandez (M) – 7

Hernandez was a key piece in OKC’s attacking efforts tonight. Even though he did not score, he generated various chances for the energy. 

Charlie Ward (M) – 6

A midfielder’s job is not always flashy, but is necessary. Ward was great winning 50-50 balls, distributing the ball, and tracking back when necessary.

Ward did not stand out, but definitely played a significant role in the energy’s success. 

Rafa Garcia (M) – 6

Since Garcia kept tracking back to aid the defensive line, he could not always lead the offensive charge. That being said, when he made his way forward he was very effective.

Jon Brown (M) – 7

Brown faced a different situation as he had to switch wings to help give cover for Ellis-Hayden. It was not his fault he was pinned a bit further back and could not be more effective offensively. 

But when given the opportunity to attack Brown gave a solid performance.

Jaime Chavez (F) – 6

Chavez was focused and driven but was unable to finish any shots. He struggled a little to get on the end of balls and recapture his goal scoring form from the beginning of the restart. Yet Chavez displayed glimpses of prowess and stunning footwork.

Arun Basuljevic (F) – 5

Basuljevic struggled to receive service on the offensive end. When he finally acquired the chance he was hoping for, Basuljevic failed to deliver.

Substitutions:

Kyle Hyland (D) – 7 in for Zach at half

Hyland replaced Ellis-Hayden at the half. He continued to be precise in his passes and thoughtful in his decision making. 

Atiba Harris (D) – 6

Harris was a steadying force for the back line. The Oklahoma City captain guided his team off their losing streak and to their first clean sheet of the season.

Not Rated: Omar Gordon, Tucker Stephenson