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SAN ANTONIO FC FALLS TO LAS VEGAS LIGHTS IN PENULTIMATE ROAD MATCH OF 2019

By San Antonio FC Communications, 10/06/19, 12:15AM CDT

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San Antonio FC (11-13-8) fell to Las Vegas Lights FC (10-14-8) 2-4 at Cashman Field on Saturday night. Goals from midfielder Brian Gomez and forward Frank Lopez were not enough for the Alamo City club to salvage points on the road.

“Tonight was a disappointing outcome,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It was a hard-fought game in a tough environment and we didn’t get the result we were searching for. Now we need to re-focus and prepare for Portland to continue fighting for every point as a group.”

The hosts opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the match after midfielder Irvin Parra finished off a rebound which was initially cleared off the line by defender Joshua Yaro. Just two minutes later, SAFC answered with the goal from Gomez after the Argentinian midfielder received a pass from Rafa Castillo, dribbled past a defender and buried the ball far-post to make it 1-1.

The Lights then regained the lead in the 22nd minute after forward Preston Tabort Etaka finished from point-blank range after finding the end of a deflection inside the SAFC box. Parra then added his second of the night just before the halftime break with a one-time finish from the top of the box to make it 1-3.

Lopez then pulled one back for SAFC from the penalty spot after being taken down in the hosts’ box. The forward was then shown a red card in stoppage time before the hosts added their fourth goal of the night from Cristian Martinez in the dying moments of the match.

San Antonio FC will return to USL Championship action on Saturday, Oct. 12 as the club travels to face Portland Timbers 2 at 9 p.m. CT in their penultimate match of the regular season.

Scoring Summary:

Lights FC: 1-0, Irvin Parra 8’

SAFC: 1-1, Brian Gomez (Rafa Castillo assist) 10’

Lights FC: 2-1, Preston Tabort Etaka 21’

Lights FC: 3-1, Irvin Parra (Kevin Garcia Lopez assist) 50’

SAFC: 3-2, Frank Lopez (penalty) 70’

Lights FC: 4-2, Cristian Martinez (Ferrety Sosa assist) 90’

Disciplinary Summary:

Lights FC: Yellow Card (Irvin Parra) 19’

Lights FC: Yellow Card (Mobi Fehr) 34’

Lights FC: Yellow Card (Kevin Garcia Lopez) 78’

SAFC: Yellow Card (Eby Ackon) 89’

SAFC: Red Card (Frank Lopez) 90’

Attendance: 7,765

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Eby Ackon, Joshua Yaro (Ever Guzman 81’); M: Pecka (c), Moises Hernadez, Cristian Parano, Rafa Castillo (Jose Gallegos 65’); F: Jack Barmby, Frank Lopez, Brian Gomez

Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Pascal Eboussi, Ryan Roushandel, Michael Lahoud

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC lost to Las Vegas on the road, marking the first loss for the Alamo City club against the Lights in team history…SAFC is now 3-1-0 all-time against Las Vegas
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Brian Gomez scored his sixth goal of the season and first since 8/24 vs. New Mexico…Gomez’s six goals are the third most on the SAFC roster this season
  • San Antonio FC forward scored his eighth goal for the club and 14th overall this season…the goal marked the first from the penalty spot for Lopez in an SAFC kit
  • SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo led the team with three key passes on the night while adding two shots and an 85.7 percent passing accuracy

 

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