Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL) 0, OKC Energy FC (USL) 0 (OKC Energy FC wins 10-9 on PKs)
Goalkeeper Jacob Lissek was the hero for OKC Energy after a marathon Open Cup shootout went 11 rounds in Clinton, Miss. Wednesday night. Lissek saved a penalty kick and then put Mississippi Brilla FC to the sword himself, dispatching his own shot from the spot to send his team to the Third Round of the competition. After a cautious first half with few chances, the game jumped to life after the break behind the visitors’ attack. The Energy were dominant in the second half and had two great chances to win the game in the 75th and 78th with Brilla improbably clearing both off the line. The hosts were defending resolutely and their goalkeeper turned a dangerous shot around the post in the 82nd minute. It proved to be the last major chance of regulation as the game went to extra time. Tensions rose in the additional 30 minutes, with the teams trading chances, fouls and cards but neither found the breakthrough and in truth, penalties were always the likely outcome. The Energy advanced to set up a Sooner State derby with Rayo OKC next month.
OKC Energy FC (USL) at Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. CT; Traceway Park; Clinton, Miss.
OKC Energy FC Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Third appearance (2015: Fourth Round)
Mississippi Brilla FC Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Third appearance (2016: Second Round)
- OKC Energy FC makes its third appearance in the U.S. Open Cup following their run to the tournament’s fourth round in 2015. On that run, Energy FC defeated Midland/Odessa Sockers 3-1 in the second round and Tulsa Roughnecks 1-0 in the third round before falling 4-1 to FC Dallas.
- The club is coached by Jimmy Nielsen, who backstopped Sporting KC to the 2012 U.S. Open Cup championship.
- After six games, Energy FC holds a 1-1-4 record, sitting 14th in the USL’s Western Conference.
- Mississippi Brilla FC used goals from Eduardo Cruz and Ignacio Flores to defeat CD Motagua of New Orleans in first round play on May 11.
- Mississippi Brilla qualified after winning the PDL’s Mid South Division with a 6-3-3 record in 2015.