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SAN ANTONIO FC FALL TO SWOPE PARK RANGERS AFTER LATE PENALTY

By San Antonio FC Communications, 08/31/16, 9:45PM CDT

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SAFC Returns to Toyota Field this Sunday

San Antonio FC fell 2-1 against Swope Park Rangers at Swope Soccer Village on Wednesday, ending the club’s three-match winning streak. A goal from Fejiro Okiomah was not enough for SAFC to salvage a point on the road.

Swope Park Rangers opened the scoring early in the half when Ayrton Pinheiro found the end of a through-ball and scored in the third minute. San Antonio FC then responded quickly five minutes later when Fejiro Okiomah headed in a corner from Carlos Alvarez. The goal was Okiomah’s second of the season, while Alvarez tallied his team-high sixth assist.

The second goal of the match came late in stoppage time after Swope Park Rangers were awarded a penalty kick in the 93rd minute. Ayrton converted the shot to earn the hosts the 2-1 win.

The match saw the return of SAFC forwards Shawn Chin and Jacques Francois from injury. Chin made his first appearance since June 15 after suffering a broken leg in the U.S. Open Cup match against Houston Dynamo, while Francois made his first appearance since June 23, when he recorded two assists against Orange County Blues FC.

San Antonio FC will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 4 as they host Arizona United SC at Toyota Field. The match will be the third encounter between the two clubs as they both aim to earn a position in the Western Conference playoffs.

Scoring Summary:

SPR: 1-0, Aryton ‘3 (Mark Anthony Gonzalez assist)

SAFC: 1-1, Fejiro Okiomah ‘8 (Carlos Alvarez assist)

SPR: 2-1, Aryton ’90 (pen)

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Biko Bradnock-Brennan ’71)

SPR: Yellow Card (Amer Didic ’80)

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Max Gunderson, Sam McBride, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Greg Cochrane (c); M: Fejiro Okiomah (Jason Johnson ’62), Danny Garcia (Shawn Chin ’73), Carlos Alvarez, Miguel Salazar, Taylor Morgan (Jacques Francois ’82); F: Manolo Sanchez (Franck Tayou ’57)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Austin Dunker, Diego Garcia

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC lost their first game in three matches, halting their three-game winning streak…have now lost two straight to Swope Park Rangers…SAFC has been whistled for two straight stoppage time penalty kicks against them
  • San Antonio FC defender-forward Fejiro Okiomah scored his second goal of the season to equalize in the first half…marks the Austin native’s first goal since the opening day at Seattle on 4/3
  • SAFC midfielder Carlos Alvarez recorded his team-leading sixth assist of the season…Alvarez has three more assists than any other SAFC player in the USL this season…his six assists are tied for third most in the USL in 2016
  • SAFC forwards Shawn Chin and Jacques Francois both made their returns from long-term injuries tonight…Chin made his first appearance since 6/15 when he broke his leg in an Open Cup match at the Houston Dynamo…Francois last appeared on 6/23 vs. OC Blues, recording two assists in that game