The Orange County Blues' inconsistent form continued on Saturday, as they lost 2-1 to OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The hosts took the lead in the 23rd minute, after a corner kick routine led to a shot to the near post on an angle. Blues GK Josh Cohen bundled the save, and it bounced towards the goal. Andrae Campbell attempted to clear the ball on the line, but Michael Thomas crashed in to push it over the line.
But that lead was shortlived, as the Blues tied it up on a counterattack three minutes later, with Mats Bjurman doing the lion's share of the work upfield before sending a square pass to Trevin Caesar to finish the chance in an open net.
But OKC retook the lead a few minutes before halftime, as Wojciech Wojcik hit a beautiful turn and shoot to make it 2-1.
Campbell conceded a penalty by tripping Sebastian Dalgaard just after the hour mark, but Dalgaard missed the target on his penalty to keep Energy FC's lead to one goal.
The result continues Orange County's alternating form, having lost every other game for the last eight matches. Energy FC have been in form and going on a long road trip was never going to be easy, especially with the likes of Didier Crettenand not even featuring in the match and Roy Meeus coming on late, but they also can't make excuses for the result. Cohen, who's been very strong this season, made an unmistakable gaffe on the first goal. Obviously, the Blues were fortunate that Dalgaard missed the PK to get an insurance goal, but the first goal conceded was potentially the difference between one point and none, even with calls and non-calls and decisive plays going both ways.
At any rate, the Blues' next chance for points comes on the road again next Saturday against Swope Park Rangers, the new Sporting Kansas City USL side.
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