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SAN ANTONIO FC DEFEATS TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC TO KEEP PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE

By San Antonio FC Communications, 09/17/16, 10:45PM CDT

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SAFC Will Fight For a Playoff Spot Next Week in RGV

San Antonio FC beat Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-0 in front of 6,735 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night in the team’s final home match of their inaugural campaign.

“First half, hats off to Tulsa, they made it very difficult for us,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We’re just pleased that we got the three points, and now we head into the last week of the season with the opportunity to make the playoffs.”

SAFC forward Franck Tayou opened the scoring in the 49th minute when he found the end of a pass from Ryan Roushandel with a bicycle kick. The goal was Tayou’s fifth this season, tying Rafa Castillo for the team-lead this season. The assist was Roushandel’s first this season in his second appearance for the club.

The Alamo City club widened their lead in the 87th minute when forward Shawn Chin found the back of the net after a clever play by Carlos Alvarez in the box. The goal was Chin’s third this season, while Alvarez recorded his team-leading seventh assist.

Goalkeeper Matt Cardone tallied his fourth penalty save of the season in the 12th minute when he denied Sammy Ochoa from the spot en route to his fourth clean sheet. Cardone now leads the team in most clean sheets and most penalty saves.

“[Cardone] has been solid since he stepped in for us,” SAFC defender Ryan Roushandel said. “Having him back there is always nice. He’s a security blanket back there.”

San Antonio FC will now travel to Edinburg, Texas to face Rio Grande Valley FC in the last match of their inaugural season on Saturday, Sept. 24. SAFC is currently alive in the playoff race, and will aim to secure their spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a win against the Toros.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Franck Tayou ’49 (Ryan Roushandel assist)

SAFC: 2-0, Shawn Chin ’87 (Carlos Alvarez assist)

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Miguel Salazar ’39)

TULSA: Yellow Card (Devin Morgan ’70)

TULSA: Yellow Card (David Abidor ’84)

Attendance: 6,735

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matt Cardone; D: Fejiro Okiomah (Milton Palacios ’75), Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Ryan Roushandel, Greg Cochrane; M: Rafa Castillo (c), Miguel Salazar, Carlos Alvarez, Jason Johnson (Shawn Chin ’60), Taylor Morgan (Danny Garcia ’45); F: Franck Tayou (Cesar Elizondo ’71)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Jacques Francois, Sam McBride

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC won their final regular season home match 2-0 over Roughnecks FC…SAFC complete the season-sweep over Tulsa, going 3-0-0 against the Roughnecks this year
  • San Antonio FC goalkeeper Matt Cardone made a team-best fourth penalty save of the season and second in as many matches…Cardone has now saved four of the five penalties he has faced this year…Cardone also kept his fourth clean sheet of the season, which ranks first on the club
  • San Antonio FC finish their home record at 7-4-4, scoring 23 goals and conceding 18 at Toyota Field…SAFC recorded their highest attendance during the home opener on 4/9 vs. Swope Park Rangers (8,466)…SAFC accomplished their largest home victory on 4/30, beating Tulsa Roughnecks FC 3-1…the team’s worst loss suffered at home was on 9/10 vs. Saint Louis FC when they lost 3-1…Rafa Castillo and Franck Tayou finished the season tied with four home goals a piece
  • SAFC forward Franck Tayou scored his fifth goal of the season, which ties him for the team lead with Rafa Castillo…Tayou scored the first bicycle kick in club history and has now scored five goals in 15 appearances (750 minutes) since joining the team in June
  • SAFC forward Shawn Chin scored his third goal of the season to wrap up the three points for the Alamo City club…Chin was originally ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg in June, but returned on 8/31 at Swope Park Rangers...marked Chin’s first goal since 5/7 vs. RGV FC
  • SAFC midfielder Carlos Alvarez recorded his seventh assist of the season to help give San Antonio a 2-0 lead…Alvarez’s seven assists lead the team and ranks third overall in the USL
  • San Antonio FC are now 10-2-2 when scoring first in a match and 9-2-0 when scoring multiple goals…SAFC recorded 10 shots in the match and are 9-6-6 when shooting 10 or more times in a single match