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SAN ANTONIO FC PLAY TO 2-2 DRAW AFTER STRONG PERFORMANCE AGAINST REAL MONARCHS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 07/22/17, 10:30PM CDT

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Club Earned a Point in Front of 7,642 Fans

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.

Scoring Summary:

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’)

Disciplinary Summary:

Real Monarchs: Yellow Card (Michael Gallagher 45’)

Real Monarchs: Yellow Card (Max Lachowecki 46’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Stephen McCarthy 52’)

Attendance: 7,642

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

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC remain unbeaten through 10 home matches this season…SAFC has not lost at home since 9/10/16 vs. Saint Louis FC…marks the fifth draw in the last seven matches for the Alamo City club…SAFC are now 0-1-1 all-time against Real Monarchs SLC
  • San Antonio FC conceded more than one goal for just the second time this season…SAFC previously conceded two goals on the road in Seattle on 4/25…SAFC have recorded 10 shutouts so far in the 2017 season
  • With the draw, SAFC has now totaled 37 points, which officially surpasses their total from the 2016 when the club finished the year with 36 points
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Devin Vega recorded his third goal of the season and first since 6/17 vs. the Tulsa Roughnecks…SAFC midfielder Billy Forbes assisted the goal, which gives him a team-leading five on the season…last weekend against OKC Energy FC on 7/14, Vega assisted Forbes for the club’s lone goal in the match
  • SAFC midfielder Kris Tyrpak scored his fourth goal of the season, which leaves him just three shy of his total from the 2016 season when he was with the Swope Park Rangers…Tyrpak is now tied with SAFC forward Cesar Elizondo for second on the team in goals scored…SAFC defender Sebastien Ibeagha assisted on the play…his second assist of the season gives him the most of any SAFC defender
  • San Antonio FC outshot Real Monarchs 14-4 (not including blocked shots), which marks the second-highest margin for the club on the season (SAFC outshot Seattle Sounders II 14-3 on 5/13)…SAFC also finished on top of Real Monarchs in possession (54.4 – 45.6 percent), passing accuracy (78 – 72 percent), passes (346 - 286) and duels won (66.7 – 33.3 percent)
  • SAFC midfielder Michael Reed was named the SWBC Man of the Match after completing 82.9 percent of his passes, recording three shots, adding one key pass and gaining possession 11 times
  • SAFC forward Cesar Elizondo made his return from injury, playing 11 minutes in the match…marks the first appearance for the Costa Rican since June 3 vs. Swope Park Rangers
  • Tonight’s attendance of 7,642 marked the fourth-highest USL attendance on the season for SAFC at Toyota Field