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SAN ANTONIO FC SCORES TWO GOALS IN FINAL TWO MINUTES TO EARN THRILLING COMEBACK VICTORY VS. MONARCHS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 09/02/17, 10:30PM CDT

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San Antonio FC (13-2-9) earned a thrilling 2-1 win on the road against league-leaders Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night. Two goals for the Alamo City club in the last two minutes clinched three points on the road in the first of four consecutive away matches for the Silver and Black.

“It was a very tight game from the first minute to the last minute,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “I’m very proud of our players for their performance tonight, their determination and desire to keep on going. As a coach that’s all you can ask for.”

Real Monarchs opened the scoring in the 55th minute when midfielder Sebastian Saucedo dribbled his way into the box and slotted the ball into the net past goalkeeper Diego Restrepo for the 1-0 lead.

SAFC then equalized off a set piece in the 88th minute when forward Mike Seth forced an own goal from Taylor Peay as the two battled for a header. Defender Stephen McCarthy then sealed the win for the Alamo City club in stoppage time when he headed in a set piece from midfielder Michael Reed.

The goal marks McCarthy’s first of the season and third overall since the club’s 2016 inaugural season, while Reed recorded his second assist of the season, marking his third overall for the club and adding to his one goal so far in 2017.

San Antonio FC forward Ever Guzman made his club debut, playing 17 minutes and recording one shot as well as 83 percent passing accuracy.

SAFC will return to action on Saturday, September 9 as they visit LA Galaxy II, with kickoff set at 9:30 pm CT.

Scoring Summary:

Real Monarchs: 1-0, Sebastian Saucedo (Charlie Adams assist 50’)

SAFC: 1-1, Own Goal (Taylor Peay 88’)

SAFC: 2-1, Stephen McCarthy (Michael Reed assist 90’)

Disciplinary Summary:

Real Monarchs: Yellow Card (Kyle Curinga 8’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Cesar Elizondo 50’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Kris Tyrpak 58’)

Real Monarchs: Yellow Card (Sebastian Saucedo 68’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Sebastien Ibeagha 86’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka 90’)

Attendance: 3,376

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Ben Newnam (Ryan Roushandel 87’), Sebastien Ibeagha, Stephen McCarthy, Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka, Michael Reed (c), Billy Forbes (Mike Seth 61’), Kris Tyrpak (Ever Guzman 73’); F: Omar Gordon, Cesar Elizondo

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Mark O’Ojong, Cyprian Hedrick, Connor Presley

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned their seventh road win and second consecutive win on the bounce on Saturday at Real Monarchs…marks San Antonio’s first comeback win of the season…With the win over the Monarchs, SAFC has now beaten every Western Conference team except OKC Energy FC
  • San Antonio FC scored two goals off set pieces tonight, both coming from passes by midfielder Michael Reed…prior to tonight, SAFC had not scored a single goal off of a set piece in 2017
  • SAFC defender Stephen McCarthy scored his first goal of the 2017 season and third overall for the club…McCarthy’s goal was the latest for SAFC this season, coming in the third minute of stoppage time and giving the club three points…McCarthy was named the SWBC Man of the Match
  • SAFC midfielder Michael Reed recorded his second assist of the season and first since 4/28 at Portland Timbers 2…Reed’s pass also led to San Antonio’s opening goal which, according to OPTA, came via a Real Monarchs own goal
  • SAFC has now recorded a 7-2-2 record on the road, winning their first away match since 7/29 at Phoenix Rising
  • SAFC outshot Real Monarchs 14-5, out-possessed them 53 – 47 percent, topped them in passing accuracy (76.6 – 72.2 percent) and led in total passing in the match (295-277)…SAFC also topped Real Monarchs on these same categories when they met earlier in the season on 7/22 at Toyota Field
  • San Antonio FC forward Ever Guzman made his club debut, playing 17 minutes and recording one shot as well as 83 percent passing accuracy