EDINBURG, Texas — Seventh-seeded OKC Energy FC pulled off a remarkable comeback Saturday as former University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s men’s soccer standout Colin Bonner tallied two stoppage-time goals to upset second-seeded Rio Grande Valley FC 3-2 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs at Toro Stadium in Edinburg, Texas.
With Rio Grande Valley carrying a 2-1 lead, Bonner propelled OKC down the stretch. He headed home the equalizer off of a deep Michael Harris throw-in from midfield and then a near post header off of Luis Martinez’s corner kick.
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“A couple corner kicks before that, Luis put it near post and I told him to put it in that same spot,” Bonner said. “He put it on the money. I was going full speed, so if it was in front of me more or behind me, I wasn’t going to get a head on it. I have to give credit to my teammates on those.”
Bonner’s late presence was a massive statement for an Energy FC offense that has struggled all year. The rookie has scored two goals in 15 appearances for OKC after being selected by MLS club, FC Dallas, in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
OKC Energy FC advances to the Western Conferernce Semifinals to face sixth-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and former UNCW teammate Sean Melvin on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m.
USL Western Conference Quarterfinals: OKC Energy FC 3, Rio Grande Valley FC 2
33′ – RGV – Ruben Luna (Memo Rodriguez)
72′ – OKC – Linus Olsson (Michael Thomas)
75′ – RGV – Eric Bird
90’+ – OKC – Colin Bonner (Michael Harris)
90’+ – OKC – Colin Bonner (Luis Martinez)