Alex Dixon scored two goals and added an assist while four other Energy FC players scored en route to a wild 6-4 win over Las Vegas Lights FC. Vegas midfielder Raul Mendiola scored three of the four goals for Las Vegas.
The match, televised nationally on ESPN News, produced Dixon’s first of two tallies in the 12th minute when he collected a ball near the penalty spot and blasted it past Vegas goalkeeper Ricardo Ferrino.
Vegas wasted no time in responding when they tied the match at one just over three minutes later. Former U.S. National team member Freddy Adu sent a short corner kick to Carlos Alvarez just outside the 18-yard box. Alvarez took a few steps into the penalty area and fired a perfect shot to the far post and past the outstretched arms of Energy FC keeper Bryan Byars.
Before the end of the half, Atiba Harris, playing his first match with Energy FC, converted on a cross from Alex Dixon to stake The Greens to a 2-1 lead after 45 minutes of play.
The second half didn’t lack for excitement as the teams combined for seven goals, five of which were scored in a 21-minute span.
Jaime Siaj scored his fourth of the season when he converted on a cross from defender Christian Ibeagha. Just seven minutes later, Francis Atuahene scored his second of the season from the middle of the penalty area to give Energy FC the 4-1 lead.
Vegas wouldn’t give up however as Raul Mendiola scored twice in a four-plus-minute span to make the game interesting again at 4-3.
Dixon scored his second of the night and team-leading fifth of the season in the 72nd minute when he converted on a pass from Jose Barril.
Each team would score in second-half stoppage time. Christian Volesky scored his third as a member of Energy FC when he flicked a header over the top of the Vegas keeper.
Mendiola completed the hat trick with a tally near the end of stoppage time. That marks the third time an Energy FC opponent has scored three goals in a match against the club.
The six goals scored by The Greens is the most in franchise history, while the 10 combined goals is also a franchise mark.
The win extends Energy FC’s unbeaten streak to six matches at 3-0-3 and improves their record in their last 10 matches to 5-2-3. In addition, the team has scored a goal in 10 straight matches, the third longest streak in franchise history.
After three games in the span of seven-plus days, Energy FC earns a well-deserved weekend off. The team’s next match is on the road against Sacramento Republic FC on July 21. Kickoff for that match is 10 p.m.
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