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Energy Watch: Coy Craft scores in his USL debut

Coy Craft got his first start of the season and his first goal.

The Oklahoma City Energy FC continued their rough start to the season with a draw against St. Louis FC. Craft started his first game with the Energy on a very windy Saturday evening. The 18 year old FC Dallas homegrown featured at right wing for the Energy.

1st Half

Craft began the game with an early opportunity, running down the right side of the field and firing a shot high and into the stands. For the first game with a new team Craft performed adequately. He linked up on several occasions with right back Michael Thomas. Craft had a quiet first half, no mistakes, but not a lot of service to play off of either as the Energy found themselves down 2-1 going into the break.

2nd Half

The second half saw a much improved performance from the Energy. Craft and Thomas began to really push up that right side of the field. In the 60th minute Coy Craft would receive the ball at the right corner of the 18 yard box and elect to shoot from distance, the ball sailing into the top left corner of the goal. An insane goal for a debutante to equalize the game at two goals apiece. Craft grew into the game as the night went on and was subbed out in the 78th minute.

Match Rating

Craft received Man of the Match for his debut performance and long range goal, but he was also pretty good overall. He was fast and looked to take on defenders when given the opportunity. That said he had trouble getting service and the Energy are struggling so far this season in defense, tending to get pinned back without a solid release ball. An overall good start to Craft’s loan spell with the Energy.

Energy FC next travels to Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where it faces Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. No official word from FC Dallas yet on whether or not Craft will be recalled for either of their games this week or if he will stay in OKC.