San Antonio FC (10-11-8) tied LA Galaxy II (10-9-10) 1-1 at Dignity Health Sports Park on Friday night. A goal from forward Frank Lopez earned the Alamo City club a point on the road in its first of three matches in the span of nine days.
“Our players played good soccer at times tonight and got into good positions,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “You have to admire their character to earn a point after going down a man for the last 30-plus minutes of the game.”
The hosts opened the scoring early in the first half when midfielder Jorge Hernandez buried a shot from long distance past SAFC goalkeeper Matthew Cardone in the eighth minute for the 1-0 lead.
SAFC equalized just two minutes later after midfielder Rafa Castillo flicked a header past the back line and into Lopez’s run, which the Cuban striker finished with a half-volley to score his 13th goal of the season and seventh for the club. The assist also marked Castillo’s first of the campaign.
The Alamo City club was then reduced to 10 men when midfielder Pecka was ejected from the match after being shown his second yellow card of the night in the 52nd minute.
With the result, SAFC remains in 10th place in the standings just above the playoff line pending results around the league over the weekend. The club will continue its push for the USL Championship Playoffs on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. as the team visits Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field.
Galaxy II: 1-0, Jose Hernandez 8’
SAFC: 1-1, Frank Lopez (Rafa Castillo assist) 10’
Galaxy II: Yellow Card (Tomas Hilliard-Arce) 24’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka) 49’
SAFC: Red Card (Pecka) 52’
Galaxy II: Yellow Card (Carlos Harvey) 61’
Galaxy II: Yellow Card (Geoffrey Acheampong) 82’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Walter Restrepo) 84’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Eby Ackon, Joshua Yaro; M: Michael Lahoud, Pecka (c), Cristian Parano (Jack Barmby 81’), Rafa Castillo (Moises Hernadez 56’); F: Walter Restrepo, Frank Lopez (Tony Taylor 70’), Brian Gomez
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Ryan Roushandel, Ever Guzman