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SAN ANTONIO FC RECORDS SHUTOUT VICTORY OVER TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC

By San Antonio FC Communications, 09/30/17, 9:30PM CDT

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SAFC Earns 2-0 Win in Final Regular Season Road Match

San Antonio FC (15-4-10) earned a 2-0 win against Tulsa Roughnecks FC (13-12-4) at ONEOK Field on Saturday night in the club’s last road match of the 2017 USL regular season.

“I thought tonight was an important match,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The players came out and had a response after last weekend’s result, and I’m proud of them. We earned two goals against a strong Tulsa team and earned a shutout as well, which is important.”

SAFC opened the scoring in the 70th minute when Mark O’Ojong finished off a corner from captain Michael Reed with a header to earn the Silver and Black the 1-0 lead. The goal marked O’Ojong’s second this season in his first match playing as a defender for the club, as well as his first appearance since August 8. The assist also marked Reed’s third this season.

The Alamo City club then widened their lead in the 88th minute following a counter attack. Midfielder Omar Gordon found midfielder Billy Forbes inside the box, from where he slotted a shot past goalkeeper Fabian Cerda. The goal marked Forbes’ ninth this season, tying Rafa Castillo’s all-time leading scoring record for the club.

Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo recorded his 12th clean sheet of the season, making four saves on the night en route to the team’s 15th shutout this year. Restrepo is now just one shutout away from matching the USL single-season record of 13, which was set by goalkeeper Brandon Miller in 2015 while playing for the Rochester Rhinos.

San Antonio FC will now conclude the rest of the USL regular season with three consecutive matches at home. The club will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 7 as they host Tampa Bay Rowdies at Toyota Field in the club’s first inter-conference matchup in franchise history.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 1-0, Mark O’Ojong (Michael Reed assist) 70’

SAFC: 2-0, Billy Forbes (Omar Gordon assist) 88’

Disciplinary Summary:

Roughnecks FC: Yellow Card (Ian Svantesson 28’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka 43’)

Roughnecks FC: Yellow Card (Paris Gee 43’)

Roughnecks FC: Yellow Card (Bradley Bourgeios 45’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Diego Restrepo 45’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Michael Reed 58’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Billy Forbes 81’)

Attendance: 3,246

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Mark O’Ojong, Cyprian Hedrick, Ryan Roushandel, Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka (Victor Araujo 90’), Michael Reed (c), Billy Forbes (Connor Presley 90’), Omar Gordon; F: Ever Guzman, Cesar Elizondo

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Mike Seth, Sebastien Ibeagha, Kris Tyrpak, Andrew Moullin

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned a 2-0 win, marking the first victory for the club since 9/13 at Orange County SC…with the win, SAFC improves to 5-0-0 all-time against the Roughnecks in USL play, outscoring Tulsa 12-3 in those matches…the Roughnecks also eliminated SAFC from the third round of the Open Cup earlier this season
  • San Antonio FC kept its 15th clean sheet of the season, which leads the USL…SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo collected his 12th shutout, which is just one shy of the all-time USL record of 13 set by Brandon Miller of the Rochester Rhinos in 2015
  • SAFC midfielder Mark O’Ojong made his first appearance since 8/12 at Reno, starting in defense at right-back and scoring the game-winning goal from a corner kick in the 70th minute...O’Ojong was named the SWBC Man of the Match after also leading the team in tackles (five), clearances (nine) and interceptions (three).  
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Michael Reed collected his third assist on the season, coming from a corner kick in the second half…was Reed’s first assist since 9/2 at Real Monarchs SLC…the goal was the club’s fifth from a set piece in the last six matches
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Omar Gordon recorded his first assist of the season in his 8th game for the club…Gordon’s assist adds to his first goal for the club that he scored on 9/17 at Swope Park Rangers
  • SAFC midfielder Billy Forbes scored his team-leading ninth goal of the 2017 season, which ties Rafa Castillo for the most goals in club history