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SAN ANTONIO FC DEFEATS PHOENIX RISING 1-0, EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK TO 10 MATCHES

By San Antonio FC Communications, 05/20/17, 10:30PM CDT

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SAFC Earns Eighth Victory in Front of 7,414 Fans

San Antonio FC earned a 1-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC at Toyota Field in front of 7,414 fans to remain undefeated in 2017. A goal from AJ Ajeakwa was enough to earn the club a point at home, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.

“Teams are going to come in and have a game plan, and we have to try to counteract that,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We know we have a group of players that can play a variety of different ways. Getting that first goal was very valuable for us tonight.”

The lone goal of the match came in the 12th minute when midfielder Billy Forbes dribbled past two defenders and found Kris Tyrpak on the wing. Tyrpak played a square ball across the box to find Ajeakwa, who buried it from point-blank range past goalkeeper Josh Cohen for the 1-0 lead.

“It was a good fight tonight,” Ajeakwa said. “Phoenix has a lot of talented players and it was a battle all around in every position, but we worked hard as a team and at the end of the day, we won as a team.”

The goal marks Ajeakwa’s second for the club after scoring his first on April 25 at Seattle Sounders FC 2, as well as Tyrpak’s first assist of the season.

San Antonio FC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo recorded his fourth consecutive clean sheet of the season, and now leads the USL in shutouts after just six appearances and five starts for the Alamo City club. San Antonio FC now leads the USL with seven clean sheets overall.

SAFC midfielder Devin Vega recorded his second start of the season and first at Toyota Field, while midfielder Mark O’Ojong made his club debut in USL play.

San Antonio FC remains at the top of the Western Conference with 26 points, and has now scored 20 goals while conceding just four this season. The club will return to action on the road on Friday, May 26 at Swope Park Rangers.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, AJ Ajeakwa (Kris Tyrpak assist) 12’

Disciplinary Summary:

Phoenix: Yellow Card (Kody Wakasa) 39’

Phoenix: Yellow Card (Omar Bravo) 73’

SAFC: Yellow Card (Stephen McCarthy) 90’

Attendance: 7,414

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Ben Newnam, Sebasiten Ibeagha, Stephen McCarthy, Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka, Michael Reed (c), Devin Vega (Shawn Chin 84’), Kris Tyrpak (Mark O’Ojong 75’), Billy Forbes; F: AJ Ajeakwa (Aly Alberto Hassan 78’)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Cyprian Hedrick, Maxi Rodriguez , Rafa Castillo

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC continued their unbeaten run on Saturday after defeating Phoenix Rising FC 1-0 at Toyota Field…the club has extended its unbeaten streak to 10 matches (eight wins, two draws)…SAFC currently sits in first place in the Western Conference standings with 26 points…San Antonio’s 10 match unbeaten streak to start the season matches last year’s longest streak of the same nature (Whitecaps FC 2 – 10 matches)
  • Through 10 matches in 2017, San Antonio FC has earned 26 points (8-0-2), scoring 20 goals while conceding just four…in 2016, SAFC earned 10 points (2-4-4) in their first 10 matches, scoring 11 goals while conceding 10
  • SAFC forward AJ Ajeakwa scored his second goal of the season and earned his second SWBC Man of the Match award…with the goal, Ajeakwa surpasses his 2016 total when he scored one in 24 matches with OC Blues FC
  • SAFC kept its seventh clean sheet in 10 matches, which is the most in the USL…goalkeeper Diego Restrepo collected his fourth straight clean sheet in the win and now leads the league with in the same category…Restrepo leads the league in shutouts despite playing just six of the 10 SAFC matches
  • SAFC midfielder Kris Tyrpak recorded his first assist of 2017, setting up the game-winning goal in the first half…Tyrpak recorded one assist in the 2016 regular season with Swope Park Rangers, and one assist in the 2016 playoffs
  • SAFC midfielder Pecka recorded a game-high five tackles and once again led the team in passing completion (min. five pass attempts), recording an 81.8 percent passing accuracy in the match…Pecka has now recorded a passing accuracy of over 80 percent in six of his 10 USL matches for the club