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San Antonio FC Narrowly Fall to OC Blues 1-0

By San Antonio FC Communications, 04/16/16, 11:15PM CDT

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San Antonio FC lost for the first time in club history after falling 1-0 to Orange County Blues FC at Anteater Stadium on Saturday. The match marked the first victory for the Blues in the 2016 USL season after their lone penalty goal.

The game got off to fast start as both teams went back and forth in the attack. SAFC defender Sam McBride and goalkeeper Josh Ford kept the visitors alive early in the match after OC Blues forced a quality save the goalkeeper and a crucial block from the defender. On the other end, the Blues saw fortune on their side as SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo was denied by the post twice.

The lone goal of the match came in the 39th minute when the Blues’ Didier Crettand converted a penalty that was awarded after SAFC defender Milton Palacios brought down Campbell in the box, forcing the player to be subbed off after struggling to get back up from the challenge.

San Antonio FC came out strong in the second period, pushing and putting pressure on the Blues’ defense. The team created a series of dangerous chances throughout the half, but were ultimately unable to find the net.

The match was the first loss for SAFC in their inaugural season. The club had previously been undefeated thus far with a win and two draws in their first three matches. OC Blues’ win came after starting their season with one loss and two ties.

San Antonio FC will head into their third consecutive away match next week when they face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, April 23. The team will return to play in front of its fans on Saturday, April 30 as they take on Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Toyota Field.

Scoring Summary:

OCB: 0-1, Didier Crettenand (pen) ‘39

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios (Victor Araujo ’65), Stephen McCarthy, Sam McBride, Bobby Moseley; M: Michael Reed (Sebastien Thuriere ’45), Rafa Castillo, Carlos Alvarez (Shawn Chin ’86); F: Greg Cochrane, Danny Garcia (Fejiro Okiomah ’45), Jason Johnson (Manolo Sanchez ’57)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Miguel Salazar

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC lost to OC Blues on Saturday night 0-1…marked just the first loss for the club after SAFC had won once and tied twice in their first three matches
  • SAFC conceded their first penalty in club history when Milton Palacios committed a foul in the opposing box…OC Blues scored the ensuing penalty past SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford to take a 1-0 lead
  • Sam McBride, Stephen McCarthy and Greg Cochrane played 90 minutes for SAFC…marks the only players to play every minute of every game for the club so far this season
  • SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo had two shots strike the opposing post in the first half…first came from a free kick while the second was from a shot from outside the box