RECAP: Saint Louis FC v Oklahoma City Energy

RECAP: Saint Louis FC v Oklahoma City Energy

On Saturday night Saint Louis FC and Oklahoma City Energy FC played to 0-0 draw in front of a crowd of 4,379 at Worldwide Technology Soccer Park.

The first half was a story of missed chances for STLFC with Herrera, Lurie and Ambersley all coming close for the hosts, but remarkably the game remained scoreless at the interval.

Both sides had their opportunities in the second half. Last season's second-top goal-scorer Danni Konig had the best chance for the visitors on 68 minutes after a mistake at the back allowed him to go clean through on Pais but he saw his shot carom off the bar. After bagging 22 goals last campaign that has been the story for the Danish striker in 2016 who has only scored twice in 18 games to this point.

After coming on in the 66th minute, Jordan Roberts created two massive opportunities for St. Louis, first latching onto fellow substitute Jamiel Hardware's through-ball and firing wide from a tight angle. And then controversially being denied what looked to be a stonewall penalty after being tripped up in the box in the 80th minute.

The final 10 minutes were all STLFC as they pushed for the winner. The opportunity of the match fell to Mike Ambersley on the brink of added time as Roberts found him with a low cross, but the forward couldn't put away his chance with the goal gaping.

Just before the final whistle, Energy FC will have felt that they could have walked away with all 3 points after a corner led to a goalmouth scramble that saw the ball come back off of Mark Pais' crossbar and then inexplicably go over from a yard out.

Energy FC came into tonight on a 7 match unbeaten run that has seen the Oklahoma City club climb to 4th in the Western Conference despite having played 2 fewer games than any other team in the top half of the table. Propelled largely by the stingiest defense in USL, this is the 9th time this season that Energy FC have held their opponents scoreless.

This was the second match of a 4 game homestand for STLFC who return to action on Wednesday, August 3rd against cross-state rival Swope Park Rangers at 7pm.  The series is even as both teams own a home win this season.   It's STLFC gives back night.  Can food drive, school supply drive and lightly used soccer equipment drive for local charities.   Go to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997 for more information.

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