San Antonio FC (2-3-4, 9pts) suffered a 1-0 loss to the Oklahoma City Energy (2-4-1, 10pts) at home on Saturday, the club's second consecutive loss at home this season.
Both teams faced a humid and muggy evening while playing on a field that was worn from the copious amounts of water the city has received in the past week. That didn't stop both squads from taking shots on goal though.
"We have to execute in these moments when they are there", said Head Coach Darren Powell after the loss.
It was ultimately the header off OKC forward Colin Bonner that was the difference in the game. He headed the ball past Josh Ford from a cross by Sebastian Dalgaard to give his team the away victory. SAFC started out the match with a great low shot across goal by Danny Garcia that went just wide of the net. There were other several chances to score, none closer than Rafa Castillo's rocket that bounced off the crossbar, denying the Colombian international of a deserved goal.
"I think when we’re in the box we need to have a more ‘kill’ mentality to score and more willingness to sacrifice," said midfielder Michael Reed. "I think right now we just need to capitalize on our moments because we’re not going to get that all the time. When we do, we can’t take it for granted and we need to just put it in the back of the net.”
The loss is SAFC's second home loss ever. The club is now 1-1-3 in their last five league matches.
The Alamo City boys return to Toyota Field on Wednesday for a rematch with Rio Grande Valley FC in the South Texas Derby. They'll be looking for a better result than the 3-2 loss they suffered just a couple weeks ago.
Alamo Soccer's Man of the Match: Bobby Moseley (sub 67')
All-time regular season series: 0-1-0
Last match: 1-1 Draw in OKC
San Antonio FC (2-3-3, 9pts) will face the Oklahoma City Energy (1-4-1, 7pts) for the second straight league match. The two sides met North of the Red River last weekend where a draw was the outcome. Both goals were scored in the first half, SA's from Danny Garcia in the 19'.
Both sides are also coming off midweek victories in the U.S. Open Cup Second Round. Oklahoma City barely scraped by PDL side Mississippi Brilla. OKC was forced into penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in regular and extra time. Even the penalty kicks went into overtime as OKC outlasted Brilla 10-9 to send the Energy into the Third Round. San Antonio, on the other hand, cruised past fellow Alamo Derby opponent, Corinthians FC of San Antonio (NPSL), 3-1. It was a tight match early in the second as CFCSA had equalized in the 47', but it was the phenomenal pro-debut of Jacques Francois that stole the show and gave San Antonio FC their first Open Cup win in club history. Francois' first goal was a howler from just outside the box after he took the ball solo from about midfield. His second was a tap-in off a Palacios cross to seal the win for the USL side. Don't be surprised to see Francois in the starting XI against OKC. Coaches like to play players who are hot, and if he has a good outing versus the Energy, we might be seeing more of the Haitian international in the coming matches.
With the Open Cup behind both sides this week, Oklahoma City will now travel to the Alamo City for a rematch with San Antonio.
Keys to the game:
The draw with OKC was a tale of momentum. San Antonio controlled the ball and put pressure on OKC early, leading up to Danny Garcia's opening score. After that, however, OKC really put on the pressure as SAFC looked content to sit on their one goal lead. That ultimately led to the Energy equalizer. The second half saw more consistent SA pressure and opportunities that weren't taken advantage of. It's been the story of the season so far that SAFC haven't taken advantage of goal scoring opportunities when they have presented themselves. It's also worth noting that the team hasn't secured a shutout since its inaugural match against S2. Simple mistakes in the back have cost SA plenty of points so far. If they can minimize those mistakes they will be a force to reckon with within the league.
OKC are a known opponent now. Coach Powell will be able to refine his game plan after seeing how his team matches up with the Energy. With the type of pressure SA was able to put on the Energy away from home, the match should go the way of the Alamo City boys on their home turf this time.
The game is this Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm CST. #SAvOKC
How to watch:
San Antonio FC (2-3-3, 9pts) left Taft Stadium last night with a valuable road point as they drew with the Oklahoma City Energy (1-4-1, 7pts). It was the visitors who controlled most of the match early on, creating multiple chances that ultimately led to a Danny Garcia goal off a Shawn Chin assist. The goal put the visitors up 1-0 in the 18'. It was Garcia's second goal of 2016 and gave SAFC their first lead in a match since they were up 1-0 at home against the Tulsa Roughnecks at the end of April. The lead wouldn't hold though as the Energy played more aggressive after falling behind. The pressure on San Antonio finally gave in the 37' as the Danish international, Danni König, equalized for the home team.
The second half was all San Antonio, however, as the Alamo City boys applied consistent pressure the led to a handful of opportunities that they weren't able to finish on.
Next up for San Antonio is an Alamo Derby with NPSL side, Corinthians FC of SA in the U.S. Open Cup. The match will be midweek on Wednesday at Toyota Field. It will be the first competitive match between the two; they did play a pre-season game that ended 2-1 in favor of SAFC. Next Saturday the Alamo boys will host the Energy in a rematch of yesterday's match.
Alamo Soccer's Man of the Match: Stephen McCarthy
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