• Garrett Johnson

Match Ratings from OKC’s 1-0 victory against Memphis 901 FC

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

In the 1-0 victory against Memphis 901 FC, the OKC Energy found an offensive footing early on and were able to secure their first 3 points of the season.

Villyan Bijev’s goal in the 18th minute was the decider, and brought OKC their first win in 337 days.

However, CJ Cochran’s defensive performance in goal was masterful and kept Memphis off the scoreboard numerous times.

Here are the ratings for tonight’s match.

C.J. Cochran: 9

Largely untested in the opening 45 minutes aside from a few non-threatening shots, Cochran did his part to continue the play when the ball was retreated to him.

The second half was his best football of the season. He made two saves on one attack, and ten minutes later was able to get a hand on a header that was destined for the back of the net. That was followed by another save on a scramble in front of the goal. That save was immediately followed by another punch out a few possessions later. An absolute master-class from Cochran tonight, as he finished with 7(!!) saves.

Robert Coronado: 5

Providing his usual pace and forward play, Coronado did his part in the early offensive tactics for OKC. Always stretching the left side, the left back did his part offensively and defensively.

The defense was worn down in the second half, allowing far more chances and threatening plays to Memphis. Coronado was sent off for a hard tackle in the 90th minute, putting the win in jeopardy late.

Mitch Osmond: 6

Osmond held strong in the center of the Energy backline, not letting any forward past him in the first half. The entire OKC squad showed great technique and instincts defensively, and Osmond definitely played the part.

Tested regularly in the second half, Osmond did his part in keeping Memphis off the scoreboard and usually kept the attack in front of him.

Conor Donovan: 7

Donovan had a great first half, clearing a lot of Memphis chances and simply overpowering the opposing forwards. His physical presence was on full display in the opening 45 minutes.

The captain has shown well all season and although they gave up a lot of chances, they cleared as many if not more. Donovan continued his physical imposition upon the opposing offense and his positioning was often top tier.

Zach Ellis-Hayden: 7

The right back began the game with a beautiful run down the right side finishing with a through ball that found Lopez’s foot for an early shot on target in the 4th minute. His pace created chances for OKC in the first half, along with a clearance on a dangerous Memphis cross in the 29th minute. He crossed in a perfectly placed ball to Bijev for the game’s lone goal.

Playing a more defensive role late in the game, the defender had an uneventful second half dealing with the Memphis attacks coming at a higher rate.

Hiroki Kurimoto: 6

The midfielder showed his offensive prowess early in the match, regularly finding open pitch to make runs and dribble past defenders, drawing a free kick in the 8th minute right outside of the box.

Dropping back a majority of the second half, Kurimoto adjusted his tactics to compensate for the Memphis attack, and played an uneventful but productive second half.

Aidan Daniels: 6

Displaying his usual high ball-skills, Daniels coordinated a lot of the Energy’s forward passing in the first half. The midfielder has done well all season in possession, keeping that trend going against Memphis.

OKC struggled to regain the first half’s offensive rhythm, and Daniels was no exception. Memphis kept the Energy on their heels, imposing themselves offensively, which limited his ability to impact the second half.

Frank Lopez: 5

The forward found the back of the net in the 12th minute, with a disallowment quickly following the goal. He found good lanes to run and his teammates were able to find him regularly.

Lopez continued to press in the second half, creating a solid chance for the Energy. He got frustrated with the physical play of Memphis, getting substituted off for Jonathan Brown in the 64th minute.

Charlie Ward: 5

Stretching the Memphis defense, Ward seemed to fit right into the offensive tactics in the first half. He also showed well dropping back in a true central midfielder role.

A handful of good clearances defined his second half, alongside a few dribbles he was beaten on. It was a mixed bag, but his efforts helped the team earn the 3 points.

Arun Basuljevic: 5

The midfielder provided some good touch passes early on, however, giving the ball up a handful of times on the Energy side. He misfired a shot from the top of the box, ending up in the stands, in the 33rd minute.

This ended up being one of Basuljevic’s more uninvolved matches, as he was not as impactful in tonight’s win as others this season.

Villyan Bijev: 7

Finding the back of the net in the 18th minute was a result of great individual and team purpose. OKC came out looking to strike early, and Bijev was able to put the Energy up 1-0 with his third goal of the season.

He seemed to wear thin in the second half, although his energy and pace remained top notch until he was taken off. Bijev was substituted for Tucker Stephenson in the 71st minute.

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