Super Swirl Summary: Olsen shines in Lights loss vs. OKC

Las Vegas Lights FC dropped a 1-0 result over the weekend to OKC Energy FC.

In their second to last home match of the season for Lights FC, it was a Las Vegas native that starred in a 1-0 loss. Starting in place of usual goalkeeper Ricardo Ferrino, Thomas Olsen made six saves against OKC Energy FC and gave Las Vegas a chance for a result.

After a midweek match that saw eight total goals, a 5-3 loss to Orange County SC, Lights FC played a much more low scoring affair against the also playoff eliminated Energy FC. It was not due to a lack of chances. The Lights finished with 25 total shots, 11 going on frame. Unfortunately, Cody Laurendi was in top form and kept every single shot he faced out. Olsen was close to as sharp, but poor defending at the far post saw Deshorn Brown unmarked at the far post to beat the Lights keeper from point-blank range.

Unlike his teammate Ferrino, Olsen was composed and conservative in his first start for Lights FC. The fact that he played so well, while it could be a one-off, calls into question the team playing Ferrino as much as they have. Don’t get me wrong, I am a massive Ferrino fan, due to his daredevil unpredictability. But, a quality goalkeeper playing under control could have helped wipe away some of the many mistakes the Lights backline made throughout the campaign.

Lights FC will travel to Texas to face San Antonio FC on Saturday. SAFC are still holding onto hope for a playoff berth.

Photo courtesy of L.E. Baskow/Lights FC



Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.