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SAN ANTONIO FC EARNS THREE POINTS AFTER 2-1 WIN OVER COLORADO SPRINGS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 06/18/16, 10:15PM CDT

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Goals From McCarthy and Araujo Seal the Win

San Antonio FC beat Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-1 at Toyota Field on Saturday. Two goals in the first half earned the hosts three points at home in front of 6,052 fans.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our players,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “They did a fantastic job. They can feel good about their performance tonight and now we have to put those performances back to back and get ready for Thursday’s game.”

SAFC forward Victor Araujo opened the scoring early in the match with a chip over the Switchbacks goalkeeper after midfielder Michael Reed sparked a counter attack in the visitors’ third of the pitch.

The hosts added another goal in the 35th minute when defender Stephen McCarthy capitalized on an SAFC set piece. Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick saved McCarthy’s header from an Araujo cross, but was unable to keep out McCarthy’s rebound shot, which crossed the line.

Colorado Springs narrowed the deficit in the 50th minute after earning a penalty kick. Luke Vercollone capitalized from the penalty spot, but the Switchbacks were unable to find the equalizer despite creating several chances.

The win was San Antonio’s first in league play first since April 30. The club has now tallied three goals in their last two USL matches.

San Antonio FC will return to USL action on Thursday, June 23 as they host Orange County Blues FC at Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Victor Araujo ‘8 (Michael Reed assist)

SAFC: 2-0, Stephen McCarthy ‘35

Switchbacks FC: 2-1, Luke Vercollone (pen) ‘50

Disciplinary Summary:

Switchbacks FC: Yellow Card (Luke Vercollone ’57)

Attendance: 6,052

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Josh Ford (c); D: Milton Palacios (Sam McBride ’90), Stephen McCarthy, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo (Sebastien Thuriere ’86), Michael Reed, Carlos Alvarez (Danny Garcia ’71), Miguel Salazar; F: Victor Araujo (Franck Tayou ‘62), Fejiro Okiomah (Jason Johnson ’61)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Jacques Francois

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned the club’s first win since 4/30 vs. Tulsa after beating Colorado Springs 2-1 on Saturday…marked the club’s first multi-goal game in USL action since 5/7 vs. RGV FC…have now scored three goals in two USL matches…SAFC is now 1-1-0 against Switchbacks FC this season
  • SAFC defender Stephen McCarthy scored his first goal for the club, which proved to be the game-winner tonight…marked the defender’s first professional goal since 2011 and third in his career…both of his previous goals came with the New England Revolution
  • SAFC midfielder Victor Araujo scored his first American professional goal in the eighth minute of the match…Araujo’s free kick in the 35th minute also led to the second goal of the game…the midfielder, who played in an advanced position on Saturday, recorded his first assist last week against Timbers 2
  • SAFC captain and goalkeeper Josh Ford has not allowed more than one goal in a match all season (12 matches)…after the one goal allowed tonight, Ford’s GAA is now 0.83
  • SAFC defender-forward Fejiro Okiomah made his official return from injury, starting and playing 61 minutes…Okiomah last appeared on 4/23 at Colorado Springs after missing six weeks due to a lower body injury…both of Okiomah’s starts this season were against Switchbacks FC
  • San Antonio FC outshot Colorado Springs 16 (7) – 14 (4) in the match…SAFC has now outshot their opponents in eight of 13 USL matches this season…the club is 3-1-4 when outshooting opponents