San Antonio Scores Six Goals for the First Time in Club History
SAN ANTONIO (April 30, 2022) – San Antonio FC topped Monterey Bay F.C. tonight 6-0 behind the highest scoring night in club history, as well as the fourth-straight shutout in USL Championship play.
SAFC opened the match with three goals in a first-half barrage that included 15 shots and seven on target. The scoring started in the 21st minute with Elliot Collier’s fourth goal of the season and third in the last four matches. Just four minutes later, SAFC struck again with PC scoring his first of the season.
PC’s goal came off an assist from Nicky Hernandez, making his first start with San Antonio. Then in the 39th minute, Hernandez notched his first goal in an SAFC jersey as well to make it 3-0 at half.
The 3-0 halftime lead would hold until the 76th minute, when another barrage broke the SAFC record. Mitchell Taintor scored in the 76th minute, Justin Dhillon scored for the second-straight match in the 83rd, and Jordan Ayimbila scored his first with SAFC in stoppage time.
SAFC finished the night outshooting Monterey Bay 27-9, including an 11-2 advantage in shots on target.
The shutout extends SAFC’s streak of clean sheets to four straight matches in USL Championship play.
SAFC is on the road next week, traveling to Arizona to take on Phoenix Rising FC on May 7. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT with the match streaming on ESPN+.
SAFC: 1-0, Elliot Collier 21’
SAFC: 2-0, PC (Assisted by Nicky Hernandez) 25’
SAFC: 3-0, Nicky Hernandez (Assisted by Connor Maloney) 39’
SAFC: 4-0, Mitchell Taintor (Assisted by Mohammed Abu) 76’
SAFC: 5-0, Justin Dhillon (Assisted by Shannon Gomez) 83’
SAFC: 6-0, Jordan Ayimbila (Assisted by Fabien Garcia) 90+2’’
MB: Yellow Card (Corey Doner) 43’
MB: Yellow Card (James Murphy) 65’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Jordan Farr; D: Mitchell Taintor, Fabien Garcia, Jasser Khmiri, M: Carter Manley (Shannon Gomez 38’), Connor Maloney, PC (captain), Mohammed Abu, Nicky Hernandez (Deshane Beckford 61’); F: Justin Dhillon, Elliot Collier (Jordan Ayimbila 81’)
Substitutions not used: Matt Cardone, Henrik Sakshaug, Roman Holt
- SAFC moves to 7-1-0 on the season with 21 points tied for the most in the USL Championship.
- SAFC’s six goals scored is a new club record for goals in a single match, with each of the six coming from a different player.
- The 6-0 win is also the fourth-straight shutout in USL Championship play for the club.
- Elliot Collier’s goal in the 21st minute was his team-leading fourth of the season in USL Championship play.
- Collier’s goal is his third in the last four matches.
- PC’s goal in the 25th minute was his first of the season, and Nicky Hernandez’s first assist of the season.
- PC’s goal gave SAFC a multi-goal lead for the first time this season.
- Hernandez’s score in the 39th minute was his first of the season.
- Hernandez’s first goal and assist with SAFC comes in his first start with the club.
- The goal from Hernandez came off an assist from Connor Maloney, his team-leading third of the season.
- Mitchell Taintor’s goal in the 76th minute was his second of the season, with both coming on set pieces and assisted by Mohammed Abu.
- Justin Dhillon’s goal in the 83rd minute was his second of the season and second-straight game with a score.
- Jordan Ayimbila scored his first goal with San Antonio, coming in stoppage time off Fabien Garcia’s first assist of the season.
Head Coach Alen Marcina
(On the win…)
“Incredibly proud of the collective, also very thankful to our fans. They were loud all night long, and that helps the players. We ask the players to attack with and without the ball for 90 minutes and they did that. Players entering the game, we ask them to be game changers, they did that. We discussed being first to the ball on set pieces for and against. We were very efficient … and again we attack. We attack with numbers, we were highly effective in the press and made it very difficult for them to connect passes so all in all, just incredibly proud of the collective and it’s nice that that was the biggest win in franchise history.”
Midfielder Nicky Hernandez
(On what led to the largest win in club history…)
“Just our mentality from the locker room.I think came out with … we want to be
ruthless, we want to show that we’re in first place for a reason. We want to prove
everyone wrong but most importantly prove ourselves right. That we deserve to
be up here.”
Goalkeeper Jordan Farr
(On whether the club is peaking right now…)
“It’s crazy because we have three guys out still. And some guys still are dealing with the repercussions of that heavy week last week. I could see us really stepping into gear even more so at the perfect time, next week, for the Phoenix, Houston, Miami matchup. I’d like to say that but at the same time I think we have more, to be fair.