USL Game Report
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
SANDY, Utah - Real Monarchs SLC has shown promise all season long. Of late, that promise has turned into results. The Monarchs claimed a third consecutive victory on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win against OKC Energy FC at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Emery Welshman scored his sixth goal of the season in the first half, then Lucas Baldin added a second-half penalty as Lalo Fernandez recorded the shutout to lift the Monarchs to victory after previous wins against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Seattle Sounders FC 2 last week. The loss snapped Energy FC's nine-game undefeated streak, after OKC had entered on the back of five conseutive victories.
After threatening to get on the board throughout the first half, he Monarchs finally broke through in the 36th minute when Welshman pressed up the left side and got to the endline before he slalomed in and out of Energy FC defenders before beating OKC goalkeeper Evan Newton between his legs for a 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs held an 8-4 shots advantage in the first half, as they held OKC without a first-half shot on goal.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Energy FC had a chance to equalize when Real Salt Lake on-loan midfielder John Stertzer was whistled for a foul in the penalty area. Energy FC's leading scorer Danni Konig stepped to the penalty spot, but his shot missed high as the Monarchs maintained their 1-0 advantage.
In the 67th minute OKC forward Kyle Greig got free at the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Fernandez with a fine kick-save and cleared from danger.
The Monarchs made OKC pay for the two missed opportunities two minutes later after Welshman drew a penalty kick. Dribbling up the left side of the penalty area, Welshman was brought down from behind. Baldin thumped his shot past Newton into the bottom-right corner, and the Monarchs clung to their 2-0 lead the rest of the way for the third win in eight days.
The Monarchs have two matches remaining on the calendar for 2015, both against Arizona United SC. The first contest arrives on Saturday night as Real travels to Arizona for an 8:30 p.m. MT kickoff. The Monarchs' final match of the regular season will be on September 12 at Rio Tinto Stadium with kickoff at 4 p.m. MT.