TACOMA, WASH. – A pair of dramatic late goals from forward David Estrada lifted Sounders FC 2 (3-7-2, 11 points) to a 2-1 comeback victory over OKC Energy FC (2-10-1, 7 points) at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma on Sunday afternoon. The win improves S2 to 3-4-0 in front of the home crowd this season, and it snapped a five-game winless streak overall.
OKC struck first in the 76th minute when midfielder Alex Dixon tapped in a cross from the far post to give Energy FC a 1-0 lead.
Estrada equalized in the 83rd minute with a stunning goal. He received the ball just beyond the 18-yard line, tapped it between two defenders and volleyed it into the back of the net to even the game at 1-1. Two minutes later, in the 85th, Estrada scored the game-winning goal by finding a rebound in open space and lifting the ball into the top of the net to make it 2-1. He now leads the team and ranks tied for fourth in the USL with six goals on the season.
Five of today’s starting lineup for S2 had ties to the Sounders Academy, including both starting center backs in Khai Brisco and Sakari Carter. Midfielder Antonee Burke-Gilroy made his first start since signing with S2 on May 1, 2018 from Newcastle, Australia.
S2 returns to action on Saturday, June 16 at Las Vegas Lights FC at 8:00 p.m. PT. The match marks the first-ever meeting between the two clubs, with another game scheduled for Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT in Tacoma.
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Sounders FC 2 I 2-1 I OKC Energy FC
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Rosendo Mendoza
Assistants: Joshua Haimes, Seth Martin
Fourth Official: Jeff Arthurholtz
Weather: 55 degrees and rain
OKC – Alex Dixon (Callum Ross) 76’
SEA – David Estrada (RJ Stretch) 83’
SEA – David Estrada 85’
OKC – Drew Beckie 7’ (caution)
SEA – Ibrahim Usman 45’ (caution)
OKC – Kalif Alhassan 75’ (caution)
SEA – David Olsen 90+3’ (caution)
LINEUPS & STATS
S2 – Calle Brown; Denso Ulysse, Sakari Carter, Khai Brisco, Ibrahim Usman; Dylan Teves, Jesse Daley (Nick Hinds 55’); RJ Stretch, Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Ray Saari 58’), Marlon Vargas (David Olsen 74’); David Estrada
Substitutes not used: Sam Fowler, Rodrigue Ele, Shandon Hopeau
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 3
OKC – Matt VanDekel; Richard Dixon, Kyle Hyland, Christian Ibeagha, Drew Beckie; Justin Chavez, Callum Ross, Jose Barril (Kalif Alhassan 69’), Alex Dixon (Jamie Siaj 79’), Miguel Gonzalez (Francis Atuahene 61’); Christian Volesky
Substitutes not used: Bryan Byars, Philip Rasmussen, Jonathan Brown, Shawn McLaws
Total shots: 16
Shots on goal: 8