Samuel Adeniran Scores Lone Goal in Win
SAN ANTONIO (September 24, 2022) – San Antonio FC topped Sacramento Republic FC tonight 1-0, moving to 22-5-4 with a league-leading 70 points to secure the top seed in the USL Championship Western Conference playoffs.
The win secures the top Western Conference seed for SAFC, guaranteeing home-field advantage through the Western Conference playoffs and a first-round bye. San Antonio will host the Western Conference Semifinal on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. from Toyota Field.
Samuel Adeniran struck in the 17th minute to give SAFC an early 1-0 lead. The goal was Adeniran’s team-leading 10th of the season, coming in just his 18th match with San Antonio.
PC assisted on the goal, his sixth of the season which is good for the second-most on the team.
Jordan Farr kept his second consecutive clean sheet, bringing his total to 14 on the season and extending his league lead and club record. The total is one shy of the league record.
SAFC is on the road next weekend, traveling to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 6:00 p.m. CT on October 1. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.
SAFC: 1-0, Samuel Adeniran (Assisted by PC) 17’
SAFC: Yellow Card (PC) 27’
SAC: Yellow Card (Rodrigo Lopez) 30’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Connor Maloney) 33’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Shannon Gomez) 45+’
SAC: Yellow Card (Maalique Foster) 50+’
SAC: Yellow Card (Nick Ross) 62’
SAC: Yellow Card (Douglas Martinez) 69’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Mitchell Taintor) 74’
SAFC: Red Card (Shannon Gomez) 84’
SAC: Yellow Card (Luther Archimede) 96’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Jordan Farr; D: Shannon Gomez, Carter Manley, Jasser Khmiri (Fabien Garcia 45’), Mitchell Taintor, Connor Maloney; M: PC (captain) (Nicky Hernandez 45’), Cristian Parano (Elliot Collier 78’), Mohammed Abu; F: Ignacio Bailone (Jordy Delem 90+3’), Samuel Adeniran (Jack Lynn 83’)
Substitutions not used: Jude Bosshardt, David Loera
- SAFC moves to 21-5-4 on the season with 67 points, leading the USL Championship.
- Samuel Adeniran’s goal in the 17th minute was his 10th of the season, extending his team lead.
- PC’s assist on Adeniran’s goal was his sixth of the season, the second-most on the team.
- Jordan Farr kept his 14th clean sheet of the season, leading the league and just one shy of the league record.
- The win secures the top seed in the Western Conference, securing a bye week in the first round of playoffs, and home-field advantage for the Western Conference Semifinal, and Final should the team advance.
- The win advances the team’s unbeaten home streak to 14 matches.
- SAFC moves to 20-0-1 when scoring first this season, and 22-0-4 when scoring.
Head Coach Alen Marcina
(On the win…)
“Incredibly proud of the players, the mentality monsters. They made history
tonight, first for the club to finish first in the Western Conference and to continue this unbeaten run at home; I believe … fourteen games. So, all in all, I’m incredibly proud.”
Forward Samuel Adeniran
(On the team’s attitude…)
“I’m feeling humble, because being the first-place team doesn’t mean anything
unless you get to the playoffs. Any team can beat any team, like I always say. So right now, as a whole team we are humble and we’re going in respecting all the teams that we will meet in the playoffs to be good teams. But, also understanding that we are the best team, so we got to move forward and keep doing what we’re doing.”
Goalkeeper Jordan Farr
(On securing the top seed in the west…)
“We love it, this was amazing. We don’t take that for granted but guys are still just hungry. We’re happy, but we know that … playing at home for three games can win the whole thing? That’s incredible. So that’s our goal. That’s our target right now.”