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SAN ANTONIO FC LOSES JUST THIRD GAME IN 2017, FALLING 5-2 TO SWOPE PARK RANGERS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 09/17/17, 6:15PM CDT

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San Antonio FC (14-3-10) fell to Swope Park Rangers (14-7-6) 2-5 at Swope Soccer Village to conclude the club’s four-match road trip. 
 
“First and foremost, Swope Park Rangers played very well today,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “Our guys will look at the tape from today and learn from that experience and prepare ourselves for next weekend. It’s been a few games on the road now so it will be exciting to get back to our home field.” 
 
SPR opened the scoring just 11 minutes into the match after the referee awarded the hosts a penalty kick following a foul inside the SAFC box. Forward Nansel Selbol then converted from the spot for the lead. 
 
San Antonio FC equalized just nine minutes later when midfielder Billy Forbes collected the ball from a throw-in and found midfielder Omar Gordon on the far post with a cross. Gordon settled the ball and buried it past goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas to level the score 1-1. The hosts then regained the lead in the 45th minute after midfielder Felipe Hernandez scored off a direct free kick just before halftime. 
 
The goal marked Gordon’s first for the club in just six appearances, and marked Billy Forbes' sixth assist of the season. Forbes’ five assists currently rank second all-time for SAFC after Carlos Alvarez tallied seven during the 2016 season. 
 
Swope Park Rangers then added three goals in the second half, two of which came in the span of three minutes from Selbol and Kharlton Belmar, and another in the 80th minute from Max Rugova before Forbes pulled one back for the hosts to score his eighth goal of the season. Midfielder Connor Presley tallied his first assist for the club to set up the goal. 
 
The match marked the biggest loss for SAFC this season and the first time the club has conceded more than two goals in a single match in 2017. 
 
San Antonio FC will return to action on Saturday, September 23 as they host Rio Grande Valley FC at Toyota Field. The night will mark Military Appreciation Night presented by Toyota.

Scoring Summary:

SPR: 1-0, Nathan Selbol (penalty) 11’

SAFC: 1-1, Omar Gordon (Billy Forbes assist 20’)

SPR: 2-1, Felipe Hernandez 45’

SPR: 3-1, Nathan Selbol (Tyler Pasher assist 62’)

SPR: 4-1, Kharlton Belmar 66’

SPR: 5-1, Mac Rugova (Mark Anthony Gonzalez assist 80’)

SAFC: 5-2, Billy Forbes (Connor Presley assist 85’)

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Ben Newnam 13’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka 45’)

SPR: Yellow Card (Mark Anthony Gonzalez 72’)

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Ben Newnam, Cyprian Hedrick, Sebastien Ibeagha, Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka (Ryan Roushandel 69’), Michael Reed (c), Billy Forbes, Omar Gordon; F: Ever Guzman (Connor Presley 81’), Mike Seth (Cesar Elizondo 63’)

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Mark O’Ojong, Kris Tyrpak, Maxi Rodriguez

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC lost just its third match of the 2017 season, marking its first loss at the hands of Swope Park Rangers this year…SAFC conceded five goals, which more than doubles the previous high by San Antonio FC in a single game this season…prior to today, SAFC had never conceded four or more goals in a USL match, and did so once in an Open Cup match at the Houston Dynamo (MLS) on 6/15/16 (L, 0-4)
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Omar Gordon scored his first goal of the season in the first half…marked the first goal for Gordon in six appearances with the club since joining on August 17
  • SAFC midfielder Billy Forbes scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season…Forbes also collected his team-leading sixth assist of the season…Forbes ranks second in assists for SAFC all-time behind Carlos Alvarez who recorded seven in 2016  
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Connor Presley recorded his first assist in USL play for San Antonio FC after coming on as a second-half substitute
  • SAFC conceded one-fourth of their total goals conceded in the 2017 season today against the Swope Park Rangers