• Garrett Johnson

Match Ratings from the Energy’s 2-1 victory against Atlanta United 2

A 2-1 victory against Atlanta United 2 gave the Energy their third straight win and another three points in USL Championship play. After trailing 1-0 early in the second half, OKC had their best performance of this young season.

Tucker Stephenson came off the bench to level the match in the 71st minute off a rebounded ball, and Conor Donovan followed that goal with one of his own off of a Robert Coronado free kick seven minutes later, beating the keeper with a well placed ball.

Here are the ratings for tonight’s match.

C.J. Cochran: 7

Following 2 straight clean sheets, Cochran has found himself in great form. He wasn’t tested much early, as the backline was able to deter the Atlanta attack.

Starting the second half with an immediate save, his streak of clean sheets was taken away following Atlanta’s goal in the 49th minute. The backline was beaten by a well placed through ball, leaving Cochran in a 1v1 that he didn’t win.

Robert Coronado: 7

The left back was imposing himself offensively, but nearly gave up a goal from how deep he ended up in the 21st minute following a deep cross that created a numbers advantage for Atlanta. He continued to press throughout the first half and came up empty.

Assisting the go-ahead goal off a free kick to Conor Donovan was a beautiful piece of offensive play when the Energy truly needed it. His defense was solid and was enough to secure the 3 points.

Mitch Osmond: 6

Nearly finding a goal in the opening minutes, Osmond was in good position throughout the first half. The center back has been on a run of great form recently, and continues looking for his second goal of the season.


Conor Donovan: 8

The center back and team captain played his role effectively, clearing every ball that crossed his feet and nearly finding an assist off a header in the first ten minutes.

Scoring the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute, Donovan is proving himself to be OKC’s most dynamic player so far this season. He received a free kick from Coronado and neatly placed it in the back of the net to ultimately seal the Energy’s third consecutive victory.

Zach Ellis-Hayden: 6

A poor clearance led to a shot for Atlanta in the opening minutes, but the speedy defender was able to find his form early and played a solid first half.

He continued to influence the game positively, pushing the play forward and providing good tackling when needed. Since returning from injury, Ellis-Hayden has shown why the club has been so excited about his promising skills.

Hiroki Kurimoto: 6

Solid transitional play is the name of the game for Kurimoto. He intercepted some passes and laid them off for the attackers to do their work in the first half, constantly finding himself in the correct position and making the correct play.

Kurmioto wasn’t as involved in the second half due to the insistent forward play of OKC, however he did his part following the Atlanta goal to support the defense in keeping the opposing attack out of the Energy box.

Aidan Daniels: 5

An uneventful first half outside of some strikes that were deflected away by Atlanta, Daniels continues to hold down the left side of the midfield as he has for much of this young season.

He never had a chance to find his rhythm in tonight’s match as he was replaced by Tucker Stephenson in the 58th minute.

Frank Lopez: 6

The forward wasn’t very involved early but he did have an opportunity in the 28th minute to give OKC a lead following some shaky passing from Atlanta that found his foot, however misfiring the strike over the crossbar.

Nearly answering the Atlanta goal in the 56th minute with a booming strike of his own, the second half was quickly centered around finding an equalizer and the ATL 2 defense was focused on stopping the attacks of Lopez.

He nearly poached a go-ahead goal in the 76th minute, but was ruled offside. He was substituted off for Samuel Rogers in the 86th minute for defensive purposes.

Charlie Ward: 5

Ward initiated some good attacking play from the midfield and was solid in possession in the first half. He continues his recent stretch of sound play in the midfield and finds himself a part of most OKC attacking plays.

Giving away some possessions early in the second half, Ward was looking to force the issue offensively following the Atlanta goal. The Energy would have benefited from an offensive spark, but Ward wasn‘t able to get a rhythm going.

Arun Basuljevic: 5

An unimpactful first half for the midfielder, as he was not the committee of any glaring mistakes or shining plays. Basuljevic was in good positions but wasn’t able to find opportunities for involvement in the offensive play.

The second half was underwhelming as well, although he did make some good forward passes and continued the offensive play better than he did in the first half.

Villyan Bijev: 6

Coming off of two straight matches with a goal scored, Bijev had a couple of wayward shots in the first half but was constantly probing for an opportunity. He’s finding a very comfortable role in the Energy’s attack across the last few matches.

Following a brief stint in the second half, Bijev was replaced for Jaime Lopez in the 58th minute. He seemed to be a bit gassed and wasn’t finding the same runs he was in the first 45 minutes.

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Tucker Stephenson: 8

Replacing Bijev, the forward was brought on for one purpose: an equalizer. That purpose was fulfilled in the 71st minute when a strike brought this game level. An absolutely superb offensive spark in what was a dull offensive performance for OKC up to that point.



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