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SAN ANTONIO FC REMAINS UNBEATEN IN USL AFTER 0-0 DRAW AGAINST SWOPE PARK RANGERS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 06/03/17, 10:30PM CDT

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SAFC Recorded Their Third Draw in 12 Matches on Saturday

San Antonio FC earned a 0-0 draw against Swope Park Rangers on Saturday night at Toyota Field to remain undefeated in the USL. A battle in possession and solid defensive play earned both teams a clean sheet and a point each.

“It’s tough to play the same team twice in a week,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “But to get four points in the two-game series was good. I’m very proud to get another clean sheet, and now we get a point and keep moving forward.”

SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo earned his first SWBC Man of the Match honors after recording his sixth consecutive clean sheet in seven appearances so far this season, which continue to lead the league in that category. The shutout was the Alamo City club’s ninth of the season overall.

“We’ve developed the character of fighting and grinding results out,” Restrepo said. “It’s a great mentality to have and it doesn’t come easily; it comes from the top [of the pitch] all the way to the bottom, but it’s nice to be the team that has that character to fight and have the pride of not giving up goals.”

San Antonio FC has now remained scoreless in 555 minutes of USL play. The club last conceded a goal on April 25 at Seattle Sounders 2, and has not lost a match at Toyota Field since falling to Saint Louis FC on September 10, 2016.

Defender Greg Cochrane was shown a red card in the 82nd minute, which marks just the second in franchise history since Josh Ford was shown a red on July 9 against OKC Energy FC.

San Antonio FC will return to action on Saturday, June 10 as they travel to face OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium in the two clubs’ first matchup of the season. The Alamo City club will then return to Toyota Field on June 17 when they host Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

Disciplinary Summary:

SPR: Yellow Card (Liam Doyle 27’)

SPR: Yellow Card (James Musa 70’)

SAFC: Red Card (Greg Cochrane 82’)

Attendance: 6,307

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Ben Newnam, Sebasiten Ibeagha, Stephen McCarthy, Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka, Michael Reed (c), Zach Herivaux, Kris Tyrpak (Shawn Chin 80’), Billy Forbes (Devin Vega 74’); F: AJ Ajeakwa (Cesar Elizondo 61’)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Cyprian Hedrick, Rafa Castillo, Mark O’Ojong

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC continued their unbeaten run on Saturday after tying Swope Park Rangers 0-0 at Toyota Field…the club has extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches to start the season (nine wins, three draws)
  • SAFC kept its ninth clean sheet in 12 matches, which leads all of USL…with the shutout, San Antonio has now kept six straight in USL play and haven’t let an opponent score in 555 minutes in the league, and 675 minutes in all competitions…goalkeeper Diego Restrepo leads the league with six shutouts and was named tonight’s SWBC Man of the Match
  • With tonight’s draw, San Antonio FC has now not lost at Toyota Field since September 10, 2016 (0-3 vs. Saint Louis FC)…SAFC has not been beaten in front of their home fans in 266 days, and are 4-0-3 in the Alamo City this season…SAFC improved their home record to 11-5-6 in franchise history
  • SAFC midfielder Zach Herivaux, who is currently on loan from the New England Revolution, started and played 90 minutes in his return to Toyota Field…Herivaux led SAFC with three chances created, and added two tackles and a 68.4 percent passing accuracy
  • SAFC defender Greg Cochrane was shown a red card in the match, which was the first shown to a San Antonio player this season, and the first since Josh Ford was sent off on July 9, 2016 against OKC Energy FC