Santiago Patiño Scores Fourth Goal in Three Games
EL PASO, Texas (July 23, 2022) – San Antonio FC defeated El Paso Locomotive FC tonight 1-0, securing the club’s first ever Copa Tejas championship.
Santiago Patiño scored the deciding goal for SAFC, his fourth goal in the last three matches to give him five on the season.
Justin Dhillon assisted on the goal, giving him five on the season to tie PC for the team lead.
The 1-0 score held thanks to a third-straight shutout by SAFC, with keeper Jordan Farr only having to make one save in his eighth clean sheet of the season. San Antonio FC has now held their opponent scoreless 10 times this season, including three of the last four matches.
SAFC plays again quickly, heading to Las Vegas to play Lights FC on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT, with the match broadcast on ESPN+.
SAFC: 1-0, Santiago Patiño (Assisted by Justin Dhillon) 48’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Saad Abdul-Salaam) 11’
ELP: Yellow Card (Yuma) 43’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Mohammed Abu) 74’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Shannon Gomez) 81’
ELP: Yellow Card (Josue Gomez) 83’
ELP: Yellow Card (Edison Azcona) 88’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Jordan Farr; D: Mitchell Taintor, Fabien Garcia, Carter Manley, Saad Abdul-Salaam (Shannon Gomez 45’), Connor Maloney; M: PC (captain) (Jordy Delem 62’), Mohammed Abu; F: Samuel Adeniran, Santiago Patiño (Ignacio Bailone 61’) (Nicky Hernandez 69’), Justin Dhillon
Substitutions not used: Jude Bosshardt, Ates Diouf, Elliot Collier
- SAFC moves to 15-3-1 on the season with 46 points, leading the USL Championship.
- San Antonio FC wins the 2022 Copa Tejas, awarded to the Texas-based club with the most wins in head-to-head competition between SAFC, El Paso and Rio Grande Valley.
- Santiago Patiño scored his fourth goal in the last three matches, giving him three-straight matches with a score.
- Patiño’s five goals on the season move him out of a tie and into sole possession of the second-most scores on the team.
- Justin Dhillon assisted on Patiño’s goal, moving him into a tie with PC for the team lead.
- The shutout win is the team’s third-straight shutout, and 10th of the season.
- Jordan Farr kept his eighth clean sheet of the season.
- San Antonio’s defense held El Paso to just one shot on target, making four straight matches with the SAFC defense allowing just one or less shots on goal.
- Carter Manley made his first start since April 30, after missing time with a lower body injury.
- SAFC remains 15-0-1 on the season when scoring, and 13-0-0 when scoring first.
Head Coach Alen Marcina
(On the win…)
“Incredibly proud of the team, to win the clubs first trophy. That … will be an
experience that our guys will remember. This is a special trophy because its
created by the fans. It’s why we play the game, we play it for the fans. It’s
exciting to earn the three points, and also to get to bring the cup home with us.”
Forward Santiago Patino
(On his hot scoring streak…)
“I’m feeling good, I’m always preparing, always having the mentality to score and
help the team, working hard and not … complacency. I want more and more, hungry for more.”
Forward Justin Dhillon
(On where he fits into the team…)
“That’s a championship performance tonight. There was a trophy on the line, it’s not easy to come here, the had a long unbeaten streak at home. For us to come out and play the way we did, with so much grit, so much energy, so much fight, and to come out with three points I think shows that this group is something special. We talk about the mentality all the time and it showed once again tonight.”