San Antonio FC and Real Monarchs SLC tied 2-2 at Toyota Field on Saturday night in front of 7,642 fans. Goals from Devin Vega and Kris Tyrpak earned SAFC a point at home against the USL leaders after a late equalizer.
“I think if you came to tonight’s game, you came out of it very entertained,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The guys played very well and worked extremely hard and got in a position to win the game, but unfortunately we conceded one at the end of the match.”
Vega opened the scoring in the 27th minute when midfielder Billy Forbes found him with a pass at the top of the box. The San Antonio native shot low across the goal to tally his third goal of the season. Forbes has now tallied five assists on the season, which lead the team. Real Monarchs then equalized with a converted penalty by Chandler Hoffman just five minutes later.
SAFC midfielder Tyrpak regained the lead for the hosts in the 68th minute after defender Sebastien Ibeagha played a ball across the mouth of the goal following a set piece, which Tyrpak rushed to finish from point-blank range for the 2-1 lead. The goal marked Tyrpak’s fourth of the season and Ibeagha’s second assist for the club.
The visitors then leveled the score again in the 85th minute after Max Lachowecki placed a header past SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo from a Chase Minter cross, marking just the second time this season that SAFC has conceded two goals in a match. The last time the Silver and Black conceded multiple goals in a single game was on April 25 in their 3-2 win at Seattle Sounders 2.
The 7,642 fans at Toyota Field marked the fourth-highest attendance at Toyota Field this season. The club has only recorded higher attendances in its three sellouts of the season so far on July 14, May 13, and its home opener on April 1.
“The fans’ support was huge tonight,” Tyrpak said. “It was the loudest I’ve heard them since I’ve been here, and to go against the first-place team and have the fans behind us being the loudest they could be was huge.”
San Antonio FC will return to action on Saturday, July 29 as they visit Phoenix Rising FC in the second matchup between the two clubs this season. SAFC will then return to San Antonio on Saturday, August 5 as they host Orange County SC at Toyota Field.
SAFC: 1-0, Devin Vega (Billy Forbes assist) 27’
Real Monarchs: 1-1, Chandler Hoffman (penalty) 32’
SAFC: 2-1, Kris Tyrpak (Sebastien Ibeagha assist) 68’
Real Monarchs: 2-2, Max Lachowecki (Chase Minter assist 86’)
Real Monarchs: Yellow Card (Michael Gallagher 45’)
Real Monarchs: Yellow Card (Max Lachowecki 46’)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Stephen McCarthy 52’)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Cyprian Hedrick, Sebasiten Ibeagha, Stephen McCarthy, Greg Cochrane; M: Michael Reed (c), Devin Vega (Maxi Rodriguez 84’), Rafa Castillo, Kris Tyrpak (Cesar Elizondo 79’), Billy Forbes; F: AJ Ajeakwa
Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Ryan Roushandel, Aly Alberto Hassan, Victor Araujo, Mark O’Ojong