Sporting Kansas City II grabbed their 25th ever win at Swope Park to end a three game winless skid with a convincing 3-0 win as Wilson Harris’ first half brace and a second half strike from Danny Barbir was the difference.
For the first time this season John Pulskamp was given a start, as both he and Tyler Freeman joined SKC II on loan from the first team. Ryan Fessler was also given his first professional start in the midfield with Dillon Serna captaining SKC II with Christian Duke starting from the bench.
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Wilson Harris put SKC II up a goal after just five minutes with a nice chip into an open net. Harris scored again with a delightful finish before breaking the corner flag in half in the 22nd minute to make it 2-0 before halftime.
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The home side added a third in the 66th minute after Danny Barbir’s effort from Fredinho Mompremier’s corner was deflected into the net to make it 3-0.
Saturday night’s win secured Sporting KC II’s third win of the season, and will now end the year with a 1-1-0 home record. They remain in fourth place with 10 points in Group E with a 3-5-1 record. The OKC Energy are winless in their last six and remain in fourth place from Group D.
While Wilson Harris was the star of the show with two quality goals, the defense was rock-solid for the entire night. John Pulskamp collected his third clean sheet in 15 games as a professional and had very little to do other than an early save. Ryan Fessler had a decent first pro start, but Duval Wapiwo was excellent on as a substitute to help close the game out.
Sporting KC II will become road warriors once again as they’ll be on the road for the remaining seven matches of the season. SKC II will look to get their second straight inter-conference win as they visit Group D’s FC Tulsa next Saturday.
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