T2 Earn 3-0 Road Win over OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Closing out a three-match road trip, T2 registered a 3-0 shutout victory on the road against OKC Energy FC Saturday night at Taft Stadium. Defender Lamar Batista and forward Foster Langsdorf each scored their first career goals, while midfielder Victor Arboleda scored in his second straight appearance. Additionally, forward Augustine Williams registered his first two assists of the season.
Timbers on loan
Seven Portland Timbers players started for T2 in tonight's match. Forward Jeremy Ebobisse made his fifth straight start of the season, while Arboleda appeared in his fourth match in 2018. Timbers goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made his third straight appearance, posting his second straight shutout. Defender Modou Jadama earned his fifth straight start. Midfielder Eryk Williamson made his third start of the season, while Langsdorf earned his second start of 2018. Defender Vytas, playing on loan from the Timbers, made his first start of the USL campaign, playing 59 minutes.
T2 against OKC Energy FC
With the win, T2 are now 3-3-0 in six all-time matches against OKC Energy FC dating back June 5, 2015.
Portland secured its second consecutive shutout, and its third shutout overall this season. Additionally, Portland did not allow a single shot on goal, the first time that feat has occurred in the club's four-year history.
Starting the match on the front foot, Langsdorf played in Ebobisse on the right edge of the box, firing his shot his shot into the arms of Energy FC goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel in the sixth minute. Six minutes later, Williamson's delivery from a corner kick picked out Jadama, whose header forced Van Oekel into a strong save in the center of goal.
Continuing to apply pressure, an off-balance shot from Williams was saved by Van Oekel in the 14th minute.
T2 took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when Williams, attacking down the right wing, floated a cross into the center of the penalty area that found Langsdorf. Catching the ball on the volley, Langsdorf redirected his effort into the far corner of the net to record his first professional goal.
Nine minutes into the start of the second half, Portland doubled its lead when Williams released Arboleda in behind the OKC defense, slotting the ball past Van Oekel at the near post in the 54th minute. With his second assist of the night, Williams became the sixth player in team history to register two assists in a match. Timbers defender Marco Farfan last accomplished the feat against LA Galaxy II on July 9, 2017. T2 nearly scored again when Arboleda slid in Langsdorf behind the Energy FC defender, but his shot was parried away aside by Van Oekel in the 75th minute.
After Langsdorf was fouled inside the box, Batista, playing in his hometown of Oklahoma City, stepped up to the penalty spot and converted his penalty attempt in the 84th minute to give T2 a 3-0 advantage.
Next up, T2 will play host to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in the home opener at Merlo Field on Wednesday, April 18. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the match against RGV FC Toros will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Postgame Quote Sheet
Quotes with reaction to the match from head coach Cameron Knowles can be accessed when ready.
T2 (2-2-1, 7pts) vs. OKC Energy FC (1-4-0, 3pts)
April 7, 2018 - Taft Stadium (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 1 2 3
OKC Energy FC 0 0 0
POR: Langsdorf (Williams), 34
POR: Arboleda (Williams), 54
POR: Batista (Penalty kick), 84
POR: Vytas (Caution), 38
POR: Langsdorf (Caution), 45
POR: GK McIntosh, D Mulligan, D Phillips ©, D Jadama, D Vytas (Batista, 59), M Williamson, M Zambrano (Lewis, 78), M Arboleda, M Langsdorf, M Ebobisse, F Williams
Substitutes Not Used: GK Mangels, D Hanson, M Enriquez, M Loría, F Jambga
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Langsdorf, Williams, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Langsdorf, 2); FOULS: 15 (Langsdorf, 5); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 0
OKC: GK Van Oekel, D R. Dixon, D Hyland, D Ibeagha, D Adjei, M Ross (Chavez, 74), M Guzman, M Barril, M Brown (Twumasi, 65), F Gonzalez (H. Dixon, 66), F Siaj
Substitutes Not Used: GK Byars, D Gunderson, D McLaws, M Niño
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Ibeagha, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0 (none); FOULS: 18 (Dixon, 4); OFFSIDES:4; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 4
Referee: Marco Vega
Assistant Referees: John Dearmond, Joel McKell
4th Official: Benjamin Moore
Weather: Partly cloudy, 48 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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