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SAN ANTONIO DEFEATS TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC 3-1 AT TOYOTA FIELD

By San Antonio FC Communications, 04/30/16, 10:15PM CDT

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San Antonio FC beat Tulsa Roughnecks FC 3-1 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. Goals from Shawn Chin, Rafa Castillo and Jason Johnson gave the team a victory in their second home match in club history in front of 7,837 fans.

The first goal of the night came in the 38th minute when Chin was played in on goal by a through ball from midfielder Carlos Alvarez. The forward cut the ball inside past a defender and slotted it into the net.

Tulsa responded about ten minutes later when Sammy Ochoa took the ball down the flank and sent a pass across the box to find forward Kaleem, who tapped it past SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford for the equalizer. The first half ended with SAFC carrying a 1-0 lead.

Midfielder Rafa Castillo recovered the lead for SAFC in the 68th minute when he rocketed a shot from outside the box past the diving keeper. In the final minutes of the match, forward Jason Johnson capped off the victory with a chip over the defense and goalkeeper, earning San Antonio three crucial points.

The match was only the second home game in franchise history for SAFC after a sold out home opener on April 9th. Supporter turnout for SAFC was high again this week, with attendance at Saturday’s match against the Roughnecks nearing 8,000.

“The fans make it an exciting place to be,” Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We’ve got a couple of guys getting cramps towards the end, and that crowd just lifted them those last ten minutes. The crowd helps them do that.”

San Antonio FC earned three important points at home after recording a tie and two losses in their last three away matches. The team will look to continue their winning streak at home on Saturday, May 7 when they host Rio Grande Valley FC at Toyota Field. The match will be the first encounter between the South Texas rivals.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Chin ’38 (Carlos Alvarez assist)

TULSA: 1-1, Kaleem ’49 (Sammy Ochoa assist)

SAFC: 2-1, Rafa Castillo ‘68

SAFC: 3-1, Jason Johnson ‘88

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Greg Cochrane, Stephen McCarthy (Biko Bradnock-Brennan ’71), Sam McBride, Bobby Moseley; M: Sebastien Thuriere, Rafa Castillo (Michael Reed ’90), Carlos Alvarez, Jason Johnson, Shawn Chin (Miguel Salazar ’73); F: Victor Araujo (Manolo Sanchez ’82)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Max Gunderson, Austin Dunker

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC marked their second ever home match with a 3-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC…SAFC remains undefeated at home…have scored four goals and allowed only two at Toyota Field this season
  • SAFC forward Shawn Chin made his first start for the club, playing 72 minutes and scoring the opening goal…marks Chin’s first goal on the season
  • Midfielder Carlos Alvarex recorded his second assist for SAFC in the 38th minute…leads the club with two assists on the season…Alvarez has already matched half of his assist total from last year when he recorded four for the Charlotte Independence in 22 appearances
  • SAFC forward Jason Johnson scored his third goal of the season in the 88th minute…leads the club in goals scored with three…was his first goal since the opening game of the season when he scored two against Sounders 2 on April 3
  • SAFC scored three goals for the second time on the season (also 4/3 at Seattle)…San Antonio outshot Tulsa 23 to six in the victory…SAFC keeper Josh Ford was only forced to make on save on the night, bringing his season tally to 17